Who is the more spiritual person? The woman out on a Sunday morning excursion for coffee and a newspaper who swerves to avoid hitting a dog, or is it, the man who hits the dog in his haste to get to church on time? Who knows? My point is that going to church has absolutely nothing to do with being a good person.
Questions about religion have always troubled me. I decided to do research to find some answers. The book Spiritual Clarity contains my discoveries. Spiritual Clarity is easy to understand and does not attempt to influence its readers. Writing it has empowered me and led me to a conclusion that I feel good about.
My hope is that someday everyone will achieve spiritual clarity and we will eventually have a more peaceful world. It may take a while, but that is my wish. The path to peace is religious tolerance, realizing that your neighbors thoughts are just as important as yours. People need to get past the absolute thinkingstate of mind; that they belong to the one true religion and everyone else is wrong.
To achieve spiritual clarity the first step is to get a basic but more extensive view of what others believe. We also need to just not passively hope for a more peaceful world but to actually do something. Each little step in the right direction helps. These small steps may be donating blood, becoming an organ donor, becoming a bone marrow donor, volunteering at an animal shelter, volunteering at the local elementary school, buying a goat from Heifer International which gives the donated animal to a family somewhere in the world that needs it, giving a child a home that desperately needs a home, adopting a pet or sending money or goods to those who need it. Sending money to a church, so people as well off as yourself can have a place to go on Sundays, is not the same thing. Churches do a lot of beneficial things for charity, but sometimes that seems to be such a small part of church when it should be the main focus. Kindness does count. Just think about what would happen if all the money collected in collection plates around the country on Sundays was used to buy food for the hungry...starvation could be ended. Or if it was used to buy medication for AIDS patients in Africa.
In regard to helping others achieve spiritual clarity, I assume that I am not the only one dissatisfied with the knowledge that I had about spirituality and religion. Almost all of the people I talked to just believed as they were told to believe, so I think it would benefit many to do some reading and discover what is out there. Who wants to be categorized with the attorney in the Scopes trial who said, he does not think about what he does not think about? It is a perfect choice to think differently about some things and it is also a perfect choice to believe what you have been told, providing there is a tolerance for other thought processes.
Maybe we, as a whole, can be open to new things and come to the realization that things might not be as they seem. Tolerance, acceptance, and questioning are good thing. Life is wonderful and we need to experience it all, not just our own little corner of the world.
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Life as a Human/Medium/Psychic Being
We often forget that we are human beings first, and that there is nothing wrong about our making mistakes or having troubles in life - it is all a part of our growth. We have to allow ourselves to be in situations that can bring us in different direction in our lives.
How A Grudge Can Affect You
As we go through life we all have to deal with feelings of anger, resentment or bitterness when people hurt us. Can you think of someone who has hurt you so badly that you are finding it really hard to let go of the pain or grudge?Tracey's first husband beat her every time he got drunk.
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, "Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way.
Listen to the sound of silence. Enjoy the peace and quiet.
Where Are You, God?
Do you ever have one of those days when you wonder if God is really there? Does he really exist? If he does, then why can't you see Him or even sense His presence? Why do you feel so desolate, so alone? I was in that place a few days ago.I stood at my window facing south on a cold winter's day.
Where Are You Currently Heading?
Do you know where your current path is taking you?Education, religious upbringing, core family beliefs and friend's values have been shaping your life up to now. You're busy with life, work, partner, kids and socials and have little or no time to stop and think about where you're life is heading.
The 5 Elemental Codes: Seeing Your World Through the Eyes of Universal Understanding (Part 1)
This article is the 1st part of an open response to a question that I encountered online a few years ago in one of the many Martial Arts Ninjutsu forums. The question (paraphrased) was:"What are the 5-elements (earth, wind, water, wood and metal) about that I have seen mentioned in books on ninjutsu?"As is so often the case when dealing with multiple personality types, egos, and the need for instructors to justify their positions and philosophies, the question went unanswered.
A Meaningful Relationship That is Not Yukky
Good morning Roy, good morning JosethWhat about me, were do I fit into your life? Am I just some abstract notion of a superior being or am I a companion, always there always available, always your friend?What do you do with someone that is important in your life? How do you include them in your day to day affairs?That is what I want; I want to be included in your life. I want you to consider me daily.
Nurturing Your Spirit
Do you ever wonder about the other "YOU ?"The one that speaks to you quietly, the one that helps you find inspiration. It is in your spirit that the feeling of love and peace reign supreme.
Power of God Makes Life Easier
When the storms in your life are raging, just believe, "the power of God makes life easier." Additionally, the real key to dealing with problems that challenge us daily while seeking peace, is found in the wisdom of God's Word.
I'm Too Busy for Me
Everyone is busy nowadays. It's hard to find time for anything.
The Spirituality of Pigeons!
I was walking down the street the other day, walking around the pigeons and saying "good morning" to them when it dawned on me just how precious they are to the lives of city slickers.How many of us have a dislike for these feathered creatures? I often see children chasing pigeons round in circles until they fly away.
An Analysis of Western Mans Guiding Presuppositions
An analysis of Western man's guiding presuppositions, A Review of the book "Impulse of Power" by Jack KettlerAfter having had the pleasure of reading Dr. Michael W.
When Do You Pray?
When do you pray?Prayer is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, the communication factor with God that opens us to grace, hope and the very love of God that transforms our lives.So, when do you pray?Think about that for a moment.
Prior to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States and its people of freedom, this article was written in as an outcome of some research that I completed regarding the history of world religions and the fervor of religious dogma that continues to be the mark of "man's inhumanity to man."After reading it again four years later, the words held a greater impact that seems to threaten the heart of every human soul and that touches the lives of all cultures, all religions and spiritual practices as well as the very souls of all humanity.
Its Ok To Be Human
One of the things I have had to deal with since I was old enough to know the difference between good and bad was that it IS NOT OK to be human.I was raised in a generation of going to church on Sundays.
There is Power in Believing
I once read a story about a Catholic priest who was a godly person. He was so godly that when he died people believed that his bones had healing powers.
Understanding the Gospel of Matthew and Why it Matters - Part 4
Matthew 2:1-12The Visit of the Wise Men1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,2 saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
One of the most difficult barriers to overcome on the path to spiritual growth is extracting yourself from the tenacious grip of the Ego Story. Unsuspectingly, many people are mesmerized and possessed by this mental illusion.
Understanding the Gospel of Matthew and Why it Matters - Part 8
Matthew 3:1-3 The Preaching of John the Baptist1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.
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