Your Religion Should Do More Than Teach You Ritual

Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.” –The Gospel of Thomas

We all, at some level, are seeking to find answers to our human existence, creation, spiritual uplift/ fulfillment or the meaning of life. In our quest, we seek out organizations that may meet certain core beliefs we retain from childhood or beliefs we have come to accept during our learning process in life. Our organizational choices, be they a certain Christian sect, Islam, RastafarI, Judaism or something else fitting your standards meet with certain rituals or dress that indicate our connection with the organization. But, should our choices not lead us to a greater spiritual and cosmic awareness?

Your religion should teach you more than their rituals and dress code. Each organization should light a fire in it’s adherents for continued study, not only of their tenets but, reaching further into the world of its esoteric roots. The fundamentals of all major religions is to provide a foundation for civilized living between human beings and establish laws to foment positive living conditions amongst people. Deeper still, there is an underlying Mystery that guides these laws and principles that should be searched out and studied and inscribed on our hearts. When we embark upon seeking the mystery, we find that the walls of ritual separation begin to come tumbling down and that our allegiance to the organization is only a platform or bridge by which to communicate the essence of the Mystery.

The Mystery is not the clothing one wears, yet it is. The Mystery is not the hair style you wear, yet it is. The Mystery is not the language of your organization, yet it is. The Mystery is not your sacred book, yet it is. The Mystery is not matter, yet it is. The Mystery is not male or female, yet it is. The Mystery is not plant or animal, yet it is. The Mystery is and is not, yet it is. The Mystery is within you.







4 comments on “Your Religion Should Do More Than Teach You Ritual

  1. Pingback: Topics about Religion » Your Religion Should Do More Than Teach You Ritual « Supremeultimate

  2. I grew up in a very strict religious atmosphere that was very stifling. By being forced into such beliefs I was repelled by it, by the way in which many people would be overcome by the ritual but would perform rituals in a monotonous way without feeling.
    Beliefs and a self-chosen path are important to find fulfillment and purpose in life, but they need to keep kept ever anew, fresh, and meaningful.
    In every action that a person takes, this belief should be reflected, especially in each person’s job/work.
    I am a poet and most of my poems reflect this search/attainment of inner peace and striving to be right with all living things. I also write about nature which should also be important and tied into each person’s religion- nature is what can evoke such strong awe of the beauty of what has been created. (My book of poems is called, Prayers of an Abstract Reality)
    Thank you for this blog, I hope it makes people think!

  3. Pingback: Are We in a Post Religion Era? Or Entering the Age of Knowing? « Supremeultimate

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