I was raised a Christian, a Methodist, I can attest to the strain and confusion that accompanies the renegade who rejects his faith, then goes off in search of something to fill all the blanks. I was searching for a way of thinking and being in the world. A world based on Nature that is more than simply living a Christian life. I became confused with the Christian faith when I was involved in an auto accident in 1968. I died in the accident and crossed over; it was both a wonderful and confusing experience. It opened my whole “Living life experience” to another dimension of being. The confusing part of the experience was that I had been taught in Sunday school that it wasn’t possible to cross over as I had. I was even more confused as I knew that I created many sins, I thought I was heading to hell. The wonderful part of my experience was realizing that I was accepted, loved unconditionally, and simply home when I got to the other side.
I eventually began my search for spiritual truth by experiencing various religions; I was simply very confused. I soon realized that spiritual truth is not the religious truth I studied and I was sincere and driven to know. I became even more confused; I wasn’t sure if there was a religious truth, I was getting more confused as I searched. There was so much that seemed disingenuous to me about religion. But, through the faith that I had in what I’d learned religiously I held onto my beliefs for quite a while. That was the spirit of faith that was guiding me.
It is my opinion that mankind has become lost, wandering in confusion while searching for truth and spirit. Our marvelous imagination, full of creative thought, has created a superstition called “Revealed Religion”. We have become blind to the objective truth of Nature and function in an unreal creation we call reality. In doing so we have become prisoners of blind superstitions and the numerous prejudices they promote. We have become fearful to the point of fearing everything, including ourselves. We have become casualties to beliefs which have no rational or logical truth. We have become victims to a distorted brain of an ego of religious extremes. That to me is the spirit of confusion.
My spiritual search came to an end when I reached a rational belief; that God to me is Nature; and that I was a god in the making as Jesus once said, it was easy and natural to be simply a spiritual person. The more I thought about it the more I realized that Nature isn’t simply a rational belief in God; it’s a realization that we live as, and are a creation of God, or nature; or simply a creation of life. I was beginning to realize that we are not just human animals; we are spiritual creatures who have been given the gift of “creative thought” while living, and experiencing this life. That we are as much a part of God and Creation as the ground we tread upon, the air we breathe and the stars in the sky. In other words we are no more special than any other of Nature’s creations. I was beginning to see life as a spiritual journey that was no more than rational, logical thinking.
I felt that all of life, everything that exists, shares in the oneness of Creation. I began to think that; Nature, or Creation, or God, if you prefer, has its own unique language that speaks to us. When understood it leads us to true self-awareness. There is no leap of faith to get there, it just is. It was at this time that I started believing in the words given to me by a wonderful Lakota friend; that “nature was my religion, and the world was my church”. That to me was the spirit of my opinion for myself.
I once told a friend of mine that, “Nature had made an honest man of me”. What I meant by that was I often took “religious” truth to be anything that hit a chord within me subjectively without ever holding it to the light of reason or rational logic. It was in Nature I realized what a rare and beautiful thing objective truth is; it’s very much like true love. Just as true love should never be confused with baser human emotions, religion should never be posed as “objective truth”. Also, objective truth should not be confused with faith. Faith is highly subjective; it requires no proof from factual investigation. Objective truth, on the other hand, can be sought after and determined by one who is aware of Nature as Creation. Natures benefit to all mankind is that Nature supports our “Living life experience”. At that time I was thinking in the spirit of objective truth. It was also at that time that I was given a riddle by my friends, “From nothing did it all begin, yet, something now exists; what is it?” Think about the riddle and give me an answer if you will. I think the answer to the riddle is actually the answer to what spirit, or God is. But in the spirit of opinions, and objectivity I’m going to hold off giving you the answer to the riddle right now. Next question; what is spirit? It is my opinion that “Revealed Religion’s” are ever inclined to be domesticators of Spirit and truth. They beat them breaking both down making them conform to the human will rather than Natures objective truth.
Our minds are the connecting and communicating link between our physical and our subtle body, so they are both a natural part of the flow of our life energy into and through our lives. Our minds are the builders between things spiritual from which all emanates and that which is material. The purpose of our minds is to bring manifestations into our experience. The mental is always the builder, this is true whether we are planning our lives, establishing relationships, or for any and all phases of our existence and our experiences. Our minds are the controlling and building force in all that we create in our physical beings and in our world. The mind gives us the ability to grasp and rebuild aspects of the physical – whether of the body or of conditions around us or of our experiences. As we change our minds and our focus we change the aspects of the mental and spiritual in our lives, so our minds are truly the architect, the planner, and the caretaker as well as the builder of our lives.
It is my opinion that since everything is conceived in a form of thought, it is conceived as best we can; which is as perfect as anyone can be (both good and bad). This concept is presented to our mind as a pattern with all the energy of spirit that our mind, as the builder, needs in order to form, shape, and create the ultimate results. So with infinite energy available, our mind creates the results – the job, the relationship, either peace or contentment. So, what is it that goes wrong?
This would say that difficulties in one’s life lie in how they think of life; the problems lie not in trying to change or manipulate outer events or conditions, but turning within. We should want to shift from trust in the intellect and technology to trust in the inner self, and our heart. We should want to build a better house for us to live in both as a society, and in self. I guess I could say which house do you choose to live in a leaky shack or a good strong house?
So, to my riddle: “from nothing did it all begin, yet, something now exists; what is it? “Thought”: the greatest of all building material in life as thoughts are truly things. Through your free will and choice it is up to you how you use your mind. You can use the mind to think in the spirit of greed, hate, ignorance; which are the three great poisons of all life. Or you can use the spirit of thought to create a house of love for both self and everyone else in the world; and all other forms of life. Goes back to do you want to live in a house with a bad foundation, or a house with a solid foundation?
Our higher self or that spiritual self would create in us the best house for each of us, full of wisdom, love, peace, joy, and harmony. It would be for us each individually to use that higher spirit to build a house that we could be happy with content in knowing that it was the best house for us individually, and socially. The spirit of thought in action could do this. So, what is this thing called spirit? What’s this thing called thought? My opinion is that there almost the same, I say this because:
- Both are the beginning of all things.
- Both are the first element, the first step in manifestation of anything in the universe. )
- Everything is first conceived in spirit, or thought. Both are conceived perfectly; The pattern or concept given is the best the thinker can do.
- Both are infinite in supply for each one of us.
- Both are the essence of all power, might, and strength.
- Both are available to us all equally.
- Spirit is the life force or energy within us. For me thought is creations spirit.
What will you do with this spirit, this unlimited life force within you? The answer lies in how you think, as the mind is the builder of your life, through “thought”.