I am apologizing before you even begin to read this post. By no means do I hope these thoughts upset you. I like to clarify something about me and how I think of our union in this world. There are three subjects that I try really hard to stay away from in discussions: religion, indiscretions (sex), and politics (R.I.P). I had a friend, who last year stopped talking to me because “I use the Lord’s name in vain” every time I write about God and substitute His name with Spirit, the Divine, the Great Mystery, the Sacred, etc. I explained to her that I had to be careful when I wrote in my blog specifically in a Christian terminology. I had to be sure to include different languages when it came to God. He (God) was not going to be upset with me. Uh-oh, that last comment did it! I was placed on some anti-Christian list with a one-way ticket to Hell. This rage with her also held up for different political views. She couldn’t handle that I did not follow her political party even though I never discussed politics in her presence. In her world the word “Christianity” did not seem to coincide with love, compassion, and forgiveness.
So now, I stand firmly in avoiding R.I.P. I rarely discuss or make mention of opinions towards religions, or beliefs. I believe in the One – the almighty “I AM.” The other day I heard a spiritual teacher/preacher say that “He (God) did not say worship Me. He said listen to me.” That comment stuck out vividly as he went on to explain that God is love. So many wars have been fought in the name of God. Religion is a very personal subject, and one that causes more veins and blood pressure to rise within seconds. What I find fascinating is that our beliefs, no matter what they are, guide us through our decisions. Those same beliefs also alienate us from others. Many times these “beliefs” become the hatred ignition that causes shedding of blood upon each other in the name of “sacredness.” God is a powerful subject, not to mention an omnipotence presence. How He is perceived determines how the world moves through events. I learned long ago to glue my lips together. I believe a religious man is one who holds God and humanity in one thought at the same time while holding the greatest compassion regardless of despair, defiance, and contradictions. As Gandhi said, “God has no religion.”
Then there is indiscretion, particularly sexual orientation. I have to literally walk away from this one when anyone starts on homosexuals, and anything to do with discriminating another human being because of their sexual orientation. What do you mean you don’t believe in homosexuality? It’s not Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny! Where is humanity’s acceptance, empathy, and compassion? How can you reject another human being because of what he/she does behind closed doors? Love is love. The anger and hatred that arises from some people is inhumane, and it is all driven from fear (often times stemming from religious beliefs). Please save your opinions in regards to what you think is an abomination. I have many friends and family members who did not “choose” this “lifestyle.” It wasn’t a choice. Whether you care to believe it is based on genetic disposition, traumas, or whatever, please carefully choose your words in our world and how the wrath of God will come down on “these people in the end of time.” We also can’t blame it to character flaws, or punishable by religion and state. If you don’t understand please don’t curse it. It seems religion and politics have opinions about this subject in more ways than the state of our financial affairs. Once again, I believe this subject is due to fear and intolerance and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Fear always springs from ignorance.” Homosexuality is not a disease that has vaccinations. It isn’t something “you will outgrow” either. Two people fall in love…end of story.
Oh, and the last avoidance…politics! This is that one huge umbrella that seems to cover the rainfall of anger and frustration from the world. I try to just stay out of that storm at all cost. See, I watch those in politics go into their terms looking all young and strong. After their ego-trips and hopes are unfulfilled they come out of office looking like some old chap that has been dragged out through the gates of hell. I don’t just mean in this country either. It’s everywhere in the world. These folks are left with a mere shadow of who they once appeared to be. The political parties don’t matter. Every four years it’s the same drama. No matter who you pick, the person in charge of our country isn’t really in charged. It’s not going to matter how much you argue with another person about your opinion. The political arena is a world of its own. You can bitch about gas prices being $5.00 per gallon but guess what, you will still pay the price. You can complain about our healthcare system, but guess what, you will still need to use the healthcare system in our country (unless you move to Canada). You can cry about the taxes but there is one certainty: you can’t escape death or taxes. Somewhere politics stopped being about people and began to be about politicians. “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. And, I can almost assure you that it will continue to be this way because there will always be people in charged.
I apologize for any giggles and sarcastic behavior I might have added in your presence when these three subjects have been touched. I believe in the allowance of your opinions, but ultimately all I care about is how YOU are feeling, how YOU love, how YOU show up in our world, and how YOU exist in my presence. I wish I could express how hatred deteriorates my spirit when I watch another human being go into a rant in a sickly apathetic and heartless manner. Go on any social media site and it seems that instead of being lifted with love, friendship and optimism what we find is anger, frustration and animosity. When will we learn to live with love in our hearts regardless of our differences in race, sex and belief? I hope this post doesn’t alienate anyone because of what I’ve written. I live in a Disney World bubble at times. It’s a small world after all! My hand extends out to you regardless of your religious background, your sexual preference and your political choices. I want to know you are here, there, anywhere ready to help another in the time of need. That’s all that really matters. Have a great day and please love one another. We were placed on this plateau of Earth to learn, love and live in the highest form of consciousness. What you say and do transfers onto others…. We are in this together! The smallest ripple can cause the largest wave.
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”-The Bible
“A man’s moral worth is not measured by what his religious beliefs are but rather by what emotional impulses he has received from Nature during his lifetime.” Albert Einstein
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” – Dalai Lama