Spirituality and Religion

The following poem was written in 2008.  I am surprised that I haven’t already posted this poem, although some of its references are now perhaps a little dated.

It remains perhaps the greatest challenge for many, and perhaps most humans, especially in so-called “developed” societies, to get out of their heads, and live by and through their hearts.

Good luck to you all with meeting this challenge.

Best wishes,

Alan

 

SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION

 

Your journey is spiritual.

This is your purpose for being on the Earth, at this time.

This spiritual purpose has nothing to do with religion,

and nothing to do with belief.

 

Religion is a series of beliefs.

Religion comes from and exists in the mind…

the human mind.  The limited human mind.

 

Spirituality comes from and is… a connection to God…

to the Divine Source.

Spirituality comes from and dwells in the heart.

Spirituality belongs to the Divine mind,

that connects everything.

 

Spirituality and religion are not quite chalk and cheese.

Religion brings division, and spirituality ease.

 

Religion can be a path through life.

After all, there are many paths to God…

for God is everywhere.

 

Religion can bring joy… purpose…

and even happiness, but it has absolutely nothing to do with spirituality.

These things are on completely different planes.

 

So many wars have been fought in the name of religion.

Why is this?

 

If I believe that I know all the answers,

and that those who disagree with me are wrong…

then I am not being spiritual,

and, in fact, I do not have the answers.

 

Spirituality is a connectedness to God.

Spirituality is a connectedness to all creation…

to the Earth… to all beings, human and non-human.

Spirituality is marked by compassion for all…

Spirituality acknowledges the divinity of all things.

 

Every being is divine…

Even you…

Even me…

Even Charles Manson…

Even Adolf Hitler…

Even Osama Bin Laden…

Even your own worst enemy…

 

Especially your own worst enemy.

 

Try to see things differently.

Try to see all things, all difficulties,

all challenges as coming from God.

 

Try to look on all beings with compassion…

and acceptance… and even Love.

 

For Love is unconditional…

which means you cannot love one being,

if you do not love all beings…

 

Think about that…

and I will return to talk again

about Spirituality and the all…

 

God Bless.

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Ten Suggestions for Making Things Count

If you keep reading you will find that there are more than ten suggestions but that’s probably a good thing.  The good ideas need to be shared and to expand to prevent the “bad” things from taking hold.

This poem was written in 2010 but was brought to mind because I’ve been transferring it to my computer in preparation for one day (soon?) publishing a book. The book, that I’ve been told for the past 20 years, that I would write.  So it’s topical for me.  It’s also quite playful in its language and tone.  I find these things helpful.  I hope you do too.

 

TEN (PLUS) SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING THINGS COUNT

One: Look after Number One.

Look after your own needs first.

Love yourself…

for if you cannot do this you cannot love anyone.

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Two: Think of others too.

Be compassionate.

Try to walk in another’s shoes before you condemn anyone.

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Three: Exercise restraint: Leave others free…

to do as they choose.  Respect their rights to make mistakes.

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Four: Find meaning in your life. Have something to live for.

If you make a difference, your life will add up.

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Five: Live your life with integrity. If I’ve

learnt anything in my journey it’s that:

“Integrity is all about oneness, wholeness and truth.”

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Six:  Sex… (now I have your full attention)

and possessions and the physical world do not really matter.

Do not be attached to things.

If you you do not have possessions you will not be “possessed”…

and you will have a better chance of finding

the things that really matter.

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Seven: Seven is supposedly a lucky number.It’s fine to believe that but it’s_even

better to recognize that we operate under divine law,

and we make our own “luck”.

So, live right, do good things and think and behave positively,

and you will receive good things in return,

This is karma in operation.

It is divine justice, and divine compassion in action.

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Eight: Eliminate from your life ill-will and h-ate.

Love is unconditional…

You cannot love any one, if you do not love all.

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Nine: Know when to “ja” and when to say “nein”

Follow your heart. Do no harm to anyone.

(Don’t forget to include yourself!)

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Ten (X/10): Express your love.

When it is appropriate give someone a kiss (X), or a hug ,1 (O),

or a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear.

Be gentle and offer your support with kindness and respect.

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Eleven: Welcome adversity for it is a gift from God.

When life is difficult you are being given chances to

learn and to grow.  Make the most of every opportunity.

Find the right balance and move on.

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Twelve: Live life to the full. Each earthly life/incarnation is short.

Make every day count. Keep growing and evolving and finding….

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Thirteen,                                 }        Your own ways to keep

Fourteen                                 }         making your life,

Fifteen                                     }         and our world, better.

 

 

Create well my friends.

Till next time, in love and light,

Alan

The Creator’s Prayer

This entry needs a little introduction and although it stands alone, it is part of a longer poem called “Itheshe and the ‘Absolute’ Truth”.

It is one of two poems, along with “The Planet of Peace”, which I most wanted to share when I first began thinking about sharing some of my work. I hope that it can be seen as an expression of moving beyond religious thinking into “true” spirituality.  This is my humble attempt at such.

It obviously takes its form from “The Lord’s Prayer” which remains one of the world’s treasured prayers.  I know many people who use it as part of their religious and healing practices, and for protection.

Whilst I do not want to diminish the pleasure and/or the solace that “The Lord’s Prayer” affords, I offer this as a prayer for a new age and a “new” way of thinking. This new poem comes from seeing the divine differently, in that God is perceived not as a separate being to be appeased, but as the omnipresent force that creates all beings and all things, and is our true essence.

I am a little uncomfortable with the title “The Creator’s Prayer” because it really is a prayer for, or to, “The Creator” rather than a prayer supplied by a divine being (cf. “The Lord’s Prayer”). However, I decided not to change the title to maintain its “power” and to keep its allusion to its “source”.

This poem stands on its own and to avoid distractions in its consideration I have removed the facility to comment on it on this page. Sorry.

Please consider.

The Creator’s Prayer

Our Creator,

whose nature… is Love…

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy realm exists.

Thy power and Love manifest on Earth,

as elsewhere in heaven.

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Thank you for our daily bread,

and all the bounties of creation.

Help us to let go of all condemnation,

and to love all beings,

just as you love us.

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Lead us into Divine awareness,

and welcome us into bliss.

For ours is the kingdom,

filled with your love and compassion.

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For ever and ever,

Amen

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The third and final part of “Itheshe and the ‘Absolute’ Truth” concludes with the words:

Thank you Itheshe.

God bless.

At some time in the near future I will post the original poem in its entirety so that it may be placed into a proper context.

Similarly I will explain (again?) the use of “Itheshe”.  I have constructed this word to counterbalance the common misrepresentations of God as “male” or “female” and to prevent using the word “it” as an alternative, since “it” is used to describe any inanimate or non-gendered object.

I felt the need to use a different word since God is all-embracing and Itheshe is found in all beings, whether female, male, or non-gendered, and in all other things. I have attempted to recognize this all-encompassing nature of the divine with this “new” word.  Since God embraces all neutral, male, and female beings and things, it seems appropriate (or at least I hope tolerable) that a word for God should be formed from “It”, “He”, and “She”.

[While it is true that I have “created” this word, I am sure that others have used the same or similar expressions.  It is remarkable how many people think (independently) of the same “new” ideas.]

Thanks for reading.  I hope you have derived some benefit even if it is only how some other “crazy” person sees the world.

If “The Creator’s Prayer” resonates with you please feel free to use it and share it with all your loved ones.

May the divine (Itheshe) be with you always and keep you safe.

God bless.

Alan