If you believe in a religion that is fine. If you don’t believe in a religion is fine too. Not knowing what to believe is perfectly okay. Does it really matter what you believe?
Those who follow a religion think they are part of an exclusive group. But this need not be a dividing issue. The reality is we are all going to Hell in someone else’s religion. To follow one God is to reject all the others. To believe or not to believe is simply a matter of numbers.
The Atheist simply believes one God less than the believer. But your beliefs matter because they have consequences. If your beliefs are a source of bias and prejudice, then that affects everyone.
So, if you choose to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, “The Force,” God or Gods, that is fine. Perhaps you believe in some other type of higher ephemeral power. That’s okay. All of these philosophical positions are all equally fine. Or, perhaps you’ve reached the conclusion that Gods or higher powers don’t exist, that is all right too.
To Believe or Not to Believe
Maybe you think there isn’t enough valid evidence to support belief in anything beyond this reality. This is a valid point of view. It’s also possible that you have a point of view completely different from anything mentioned here, that is fine too. It’s all great. These are all valid positions. We all have different backgrounds. Consequently, the philosophical and religious beliefs run a wide spectrum. Who is to say who is right or who is wrong.
“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe.” ― Carl Sagan
Why Do I Believe That?
If you are seeking spiritual truth, what you believe does not matter. Your beliefs change nothing. To seek your spiritual truth, you need to apply processes. Spiritual exploration is the application of processes, methods for expanding awareness, and opening the doors of higher states of consciousness. They do not depend upon belief. They work by following a process correctly. So, a better question to ask is, why do I believe that?
No belief required! All you need to do is follow the process correctly. If you follow the process, you get the desired result. These spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science as having repeatable common experiential phenomena.
So, in the arena of spirituality to believe or not to believe in an imaginary friend doesn’t matter. The only time your beliefs matter is when you use them to justify bias, prejudice, and discrimination. If you think that you need to act to protect your imaginary friend, then please ask yourself, why do I believe that?
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method of grouping.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis. This is a process to which to assist in exploring and comparing belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
To believe or not to believe is one of our fundamental choices. If you believe in a religion that is fine. If you don’t that is fine, too. Not knowing what to believe is perfectly okay. In fact, this is the best. If you have no beliefs, you are open to new experiences and revelations. A better way to approach religion or philosophy is to ask yourself the important question, why do I believe that? Then, find out why. See if what you believe has valid evidence.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia