This last couple of years has been a pretty interesting time for me in regards to spirituality. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that I’ve learned there are a lot of things I don’t know.
As I posted a while back, I don’t believe any belief or religion can say they have the “only” or “sole” way to accessing the divine. While a lot of people may disagree with that premise (and I am open to talking about it, of course), I believe it only takes an objective examination of multiple people groups to realize there are genuine interactions with God taking place in other beliefs.
For a while, I considered the possibility of pursuing a different spiritual approach. While I’ve been studying spirituality all my life, this is probably the first time that I could investigate another belief structure without looking for ways in which it disagreed with mine to, at some point, win an argument.
What I can say, having done some serious searching, is that there are a lot of good things in a whole bunch of beliefs that can benefit anyone. I love the pluralism of Hinduism, the devotion to duty in Confucianism, the emphasis on simplicity in Taoism. I also find love of ceremony and ritual that exists in Shintoism fascinating, as well as the journey of Buddhism.
However, I realize now that my connection with God stems, and will always stem, from the western approach of Christianity. While I can subscribe and take in many of the positive traits these religions have to offer, the familiar continues to beckon me towards loving and serving Jesus.
This is not to say that I believe I’ve found the “ultimate” way, but have found something that works well for me, and allows me to deeply connect with my spirituality in general and God specifically.