Just a few days into the month and I have already made significant strides in my spiritual life. I have made it a priority to mediate daily and have logged at least 15 minutes each day. It may not seem like much to those in which regular meditation is a habit, however knowing the profound benefits and still only doing it once every few days, it is progress on that journey I want to form into a habit of my own.
Even more important is my copy of A Course in Miracles has arrived and is proving to be everything I hoped it would be. I’m one chapter into the text and have realized this is not something I will simply be able to read from cover to cover but rather something I will need to study slowly.
The preface and first chapter alone echoed many newfound beliefs since I started my renewed spiritual journey as well as answered a few questions I had about some principle beliefs of Christianity — the religion I was raised in, am raising my daughter in, but has been a struggle recently to accept fully due to dogma and skewed beliefs stemming from my childhood indoctrination. The more I learn about Eastern thinking such as Buddhism and Hinduism, much of that thought resonates with me as well, even if it contradicts Christian teachings.
Immediately my higher self reminds me it is all a matter of perspective.
Take the Holy Trinity for example—God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Some may believe they are three separate and equal entities together forming God. The Father is the Almighty, Jesus Christ is the Son, and the Holy Spirit (as I understand it in terms of Christian belief) is the “voice” of God.
Another perspective is accepting Father as the Creator, the Son as a physical representation of ourselves being sons and daughters of God, and Holy Spirit being collective consciousness.
John 14:6 states: Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The common interpretation as I understand it is that this statement is the foundational argument of Christianity. You cannot know God unless you accept Christ as your Savior. Without it, you are damned to eternal suffering.
Could this statement simply be a mis-translation thus creating a misinterpretation?
Could Jesus really be saying “my knowledge will show you the way to God?”
With this perspective we see Jesus as a teacher, something He practiced in human form rather than a sort of monarch you are forced to revere or face the consequences. This perspective does not take away due respect but more closely follows the “we are all sons and daughters of God” belief.
I’m sure this will be my most controversial post to date. For me, I am trying to discover my own truths rather than accept what someone else tells me I should believe. In the end I may be both right and wrong which what I choose to believe. Reconciliation will be between me and God. I will, however, have a journey along the way to experience my beliefs rather than blindly accepting another perspective.