The western world concerning Christian spirituality to a large degree has stressed the value of authority, the authority of the pope, his bishops, and the parish priest. If you weren’t Catholic, perhaps Protestant, then you were raised up to believe the Bible and the infallibility of it. If you had neither, then you perhaps were graced with nature, poetry or music. Perhaps you were blessed enough to have a bit of them all.
But like Richard Rohr, a thoughtful person from the Center for Action and Contemplation group (beyond Catholicism), I too, found that the game is the same. They are both sides to the same coin.- The Catholics and the Protestants. One stresses the authority of the Pope, the other stresses the authority of the Bible. Instead of trusting yourself and your perceptions and senses you are advised strongly to adhere to those in authority and/or to the Bible. Eastern religion brings balance to the other side of the coin of Christianity/Protestantism.
Jesus brought the heart element for humanity and I believe that Buddha brought the wisdom aspect that Jesus was schooled under. Those are wisdom teachings and valuable just as Jesus’ message of love is valuable. Both are to be cherished. In fact, each of our individual truths is to be valued. Our religion or spirituality, whatever you name you might call it. Your beingness.
I believe the world is now in a space that we are learning to really know for ourselves. We are growing up now. We are trusting that within us and without us to give us wisdom and love. When the two are put together in service, then we have goodwill. We help ourselves help others for the greater good. We are complete and whole.
How about valuing the God-given gifts in ourselves and in each other? How about respecting each other? How about giving to others that which we need and want, too? How about sharing?
The message I am bringing today and it’s simply a reminder:
I am a spiritual being and I am loved.
How can I help you today to realize your full potential and you are worthy?