Mar 02

A beginning

So, where’s a good place to start? What’s a good summary of what I personally believe?

First of all, I’d like to say that I believe in God. In whatever shape you see her. Or him. Or whatever you want to call ‘God’: Father, Goddess, Lord, Infinite Intelligence, The Universe, The Divine, Love, The All-Seeing. in fact i will probably use a dozen different names for God in this series, and I make no apologies for mixing my personal pronouns either.

So here’s a good place to begin. I like this five point statement that I have developed from Unity church’s statement of faith. it’s not ‘complete’ (what could be?) and it needs detail. but I like its simplicity and its breadth.

So this is going to be a good place to start, I think. and we’ll see where we go from there.

#1 : God is all good, present and active in everything, everywhere.

#2 : I am a truly spiritual being because I am the presence and the power of God wherever I am.

#3 : I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.

#4 : Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with the Universal Power of God, transform my world and bring out the Love in my life. 

#5 : I give my best by living the Truth I know. I make a difference through my thoughts, words and actions as I bring the Love and the Presence of God.

(if you’re interested, Unity publish their version at http://www.unity.org/about-us/our-philosophy)

Feb 28

An introduction

Where do we start on a journey into the infinite – to try and understand that which can’t really be understood, (or, as someone wittily put it, how do we eff the ineffable). Where do we start?

One of the reasons for me writing this blog is to try and find ways to understand and become more certain of what I believe myself. I can’t simply say ‘I believe what my church/faith/religion/teacher says’. I’ve looked into dozens of belief systems, and variations on a theme, and have found that I can’t simply accept what someone else says. I have found that I have to work it out for myself. For sure, follow those who have gone before me. For sure, learn from other people’s wisdom. Absolutely, read and listen and explore and discover what others have discovered to be true. And then decide what works for you and what doesn’t. Decide what extra you bring to the table, what extra wisdom and understanding you can uniquely contribute. And that’s why I suggest that you don’t believe anything I say. Listen to what I say, let it sink into your being, and see if it matches your own inner voice. And then decide for yourself. if it doesn’t work for you, then find something else. Unlike many so called teachers, I cannot tell you the shape of your own soul. I can only tell you the shape of mine, and let you catch the breath of God in your own being.

I believe there’s something to learn from those that have gone before. I believe there’s something to be found in the scriptures, whether that’s the Christian Bible, the Quran, the Talmud, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Book of Mormon, the Tao Te Ching, A Course In Miracles and a hundred others. And yet I also know that God hasn’t stopped speaking either. So what I’ve learned has come from a myriad sources – from the scriptures of a dozen religions, from the the voices of scores of teachers, from the pages of hundreds of books – and from time taken walking with God and listening to his voice.  

There is no short cut to wisdom, just by taking a book off the shelf. You can’t just listen to someone and say ‘that’s what I believe’. Truth doesn’t work that way. The more I read, the more I discover, the more I begin to believe that actually there is no such thing as ‘The Absolute Truth’. Perhaps the Universe really IS that strange, that complex.

So, I hope that you find something that helps you on your own journey. I hope you find something that speaks to you. I hope you feel inspired, encouraged, deepened, more grounded, wiser. I hope you feel more true to yourself. And I pray that you will take the time to let God speak to your heart.