“How your Religion Can Help You, or Enslave You; It’s Your Choice”
Religion v. Spirituality: There is a difference, and one of them just might be enslaving you if you let it.
So many people along their journey lose sight of who they really are, especially when it comes to religion and spirituality. In fact, many mystics would argue that just being here on earth in 3-D, is symptomatic to having lost sight of who you really are as a human being. Just as many others would say that each and every one of us, with the assistance of God, Jesus, Source, The Creator, and/or our Higher self, has worked on the other side prior to each incarnation, in order to focus on how we should serve; what our lesson or contract(s) for incarnation should be; where we reincarnate, and to which parents, can help or hinder this process. This topic gets really deep, and opinions vary widely. This road can be especially treacherous for many, if you were raised in a strict dogmatic belief system, be it Protestantism, Judaism, or some of the more fundamental Christian religions. But it really doesn’t have to be that hard.
Exploring your beliefs, the history of your faith, your heart, your confusion, your truth, is part of your duty to the truth of who you are, regardless of the faith you were raised with as a child. Too many times people turn completely away from their spiritual growth because of religion. They struggle with the idea of “how God could allow such evil in this world; therefore he/she must not exist”. This is truly a tragedy and another way of enslaving yourself to a belief system that is probably not serving your Highest good. When we let go of fear, and recognize that fear is truly an illusion, it is then we can start exploring what we believe, why we believe it (or don’t) and how we can learn to truly love ourselves and one another. This is really what all Spiritual mystics have taught over the centuries, including Jesus.
Staying in a place of fear for whatever motivation we may have, hurts everyone, not just you. Remember, when you heal, others around you heal. Spiritual growth does not require a religion, dogma or doctrine; spiritual growth is fundamental to the human experience, both individually and collectively. In fact, it is my belief that individual spiritual growth is an important part of ascension for the entire human race. You are a sovereign being, with rights, dreams, and the green light to explore what you believe, what resonates, and what doesn’t resonate. From here, you can create a set of beliefs that support you in your truth, and your Highest Good. There is no time limit imposed on you for discovering this process either, so give yourself the time you need.
The best service each of us can do for humanity and ourselves, is to keep searching and growing spiritually. If something resonates with you, dig deeper; if something feels off, leave it aside for now, and come back to it later. This is true spiritual sovereignty, and no, God won’t strike you dead if you find some things simply do not resonate with you. The important thing, is to explore with yourself, why something resonates, and why something does not. And remember, you are not a “bad” person, or an “unsaved” person because you don’t subscribe to a certain belief system; rather, you are a free person, who recognizes that Divinity dwells in all that surrounds us, and love, truly is the only truth.
In closing, remember this life is a journey, and your spiritually is something that feeds you. You owe it to yourself, to feed your soul with searching and listening. May each of you experience the joy and peace of the Universe and know yourself fully and truthfully! I leave you with a few quotes, food for thought!
Buddha & our Intellect: “Do not accept any of my words on faith,
Believing them just because I said them.
Be like an analyst buying gold, who cuts, burns,
And critically examines his product for authenticity.
Only accept what passes the test
By proving useful and beneficial in your life.”
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”. - 2 Timothy 3:16
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – I Corinthians 12:4 – 8.
Adrienne has been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years with expertise in critical care nursing. She currently is a Reiki Practitioner in her spare time, and works as a Nurse Paralegal full-time. She has been practicing Reiki since 2014.