There are plenty of people around the world who enjoy debating about religion. I am not one of them. I know we each have our differences of opinion about what religion is and we choose to practice one or another based on our opinions, preferences and interests. But for me, religion and spirituality in general is all about what’s below the trappings, traditions and rules. I believe in a spiritual world: one where there’s much more than meets the eye, and we’re usually too busy comparing our differences to see and rejoice in the similarities.
I don’t know of too many spiritual backgrounds in which the spiritual being or beings exists to bring harm and discord to the people who worshiped. The Gods/gods, real or imagined, all knew that you have to have people worship you or you can’t be god/God. And if you’re looking at spirituality from a natural perspective even there it seems as though everything works together to make sure that things grow and work together in harmony. Spirituality isn’t about discord, so why do we let it divide us so?
So what if instead of being angry about our differences we started focusing on the things that brought us together? Things like truth, family, love, compassion, caring, and hope? What if we all learned to work together instead of trying to do things on our own? Only the people who are truly spiritual, who truly care about the future of mankind will be willing to learn to see past our differences and into the possibilities.
“Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.” Deepak Chopra