Today’s blog is an expansion on a conversation I had yesterday.
Like most people at different times of their lives, we find ourselves questioning our long-held beliefs. So who is right and who is wrong?
Firstly let me say I believe strongly, that what we choose to believe and call ourselves should always be a personal choice. Pagan, Spirituality, Methodist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim are all just names. The same as Universe, Divine, God, Lord, Allah, Buddha, Spirit. Most of us have beliefs of some sort. And as humans, we like to label things, name them, put them in a box or genre. Personally, I refer to myself as a Pagan Christian with Buddhist tendencies. Really all “religious” beliefs stem from the same source. We are aware that we are intelligent animals and like to think we are at the top of the evolutionary ladder, but we are also aware there is a something else, something that is inexplicable a hidden knowledge. We often feel drawn to find out more, to try to release that knowledge, that “thing” that nags at the back of our minds.
The truth is no one knows, but there appears to be “something” and a hell of a lot of us are trying to find out what it is. Some by going to church, temples, mosques etc, (again just names), they are basically all the same thing, a place to go to where you can search for the answers, including spiritual circles, covens etc. Usually, there is a person there who has built up a lot of knowledge and usually, these people have had that knowledge passed on to them by others. However, that knowledge started somewhere, someone decided that what they thought made sense and so must be right. They talked to others and they also agreed it made sense so must be true. They told others too and so a system of belief began. What one person believes does not need to disparage another person’s beliefs. All the beliefs can be moulded to fit along with another’s. If we fit them all together than we are probably somewhere near the truth. (Unfortunately, religion has also been used as a way to impose rules, as an excuse for arguments, fights and wars. But that is a subject for another day).
I believe, and yes it is only my opinion, that eventually regardless of what route we take, we (our souls) will all find that truth. Some will find it through a community and some as an individual. How one person chooses to find that knowledge is their choice, as long as they do no harm to themselves, others or the environment.
From a tiny child, I have always believed in life after death, I don’t believe in the devil or hell. These strong beliefs stem from my mum, she always said,”There is no hell, hell is what we create on Earth”. To me devils, demons etc are us humans, they are the people who perform evil acts, the ones that frighten us, whether it is intentional or not, they may be unkind, hurtful, some may even enjoy inflicting or seeing others in pain, frightened or upset. There is another type that we all detect at times, they are the demons within, they are our doubts, our insecurities, our fears & phobias, our unkind thoughts & deeds. And also our illnesses, diseases, inabilities etc, these can also make us feel and behave in a way that may hurt ourselves or others. It’s normally unintentional, but it may cause us to feel irritable, angry, vengeful, depressed, lost, lonely, unworthy or simply we may, or at least appear to, stop caring.
As for life after death, again this belief began with my mum when I was a little girl, mum seemed to know things before they happened. For instance, she was awake hours before my grandfather unexpectedly died, it was in the early 1970’s and my grandparents didn’t have a telephone and lived hundreds of miles away, but mum “knew” she would get a call from Wales, so she sat patiently knitting in the small hours of the morning waiting by the phone for the call. She later told me it was her grandmother who had awoken her; her grandmother had passed away decades before.
I myself have had an out of body experience and just recently a near death experience. Both of these have made my belief in there being something else beyond our present human knowledge deeper and the urge to know more even stronger.
Once we start talking about this subject others often share stories and their experiences, we ponder on the questions of how do we know and predict things in advance, where does this foreknowledge come from, why do some of us seem to have these abilities and others not? This is something that I hope to learn more of and as I do and if it seems appropriate, I will share them with you.
Fascinating isn’t it!?
I will share my experiences and those of my mum in more detail another time.