GOD…Do you believe? Part 3: My Search for Enlightenment Continues
One thing I hear people say is, “God helps those who help themselves.” That got me thinking. If that is so then why do they need a God to help with their problems? You are helping yourself, which sounds like your GOD is not helping you at all. Therefore, you are looking within yourself for the answers. Correct me if I am wrong but that sounds more like the teachings of Buddha.
While having a conversation with friends the topic of religion comes up and one person said that the younger generation is fading away from religion and becoming atheists. I would not go that far. All though even atheists have beliefs and morals. I don’t think they have gone totally away from religion. I think they are becoming closer to the spiritual side of themselves and with that process; they transform into other beliefs.
After my research and many years of searching, I have finally figured it out. I am not a religious man. Religion seems to be more of a business and a corrupt structure. I am a spiritual man. That does not mean I am a heathen without any faith or beliefs. Faith does not necessarily have to mean religious beliefs. I do have beliefs and I do not have to belong to a certain religion to practice my beliefs. I have faith but not in religion. My faith is in the human spirit. My belief is in something that is tangible not a mythical God. I believe in the human species. However, I do believe Jesus Christ died for our sins. That is a given if you believe the story of Jesus Christ.
In Buddhism the Buddha is not some perfect, ideal being, but is rather an ordinary person living in rhythm with the law of the universe, taking wise, courageous, and compassionate action for the benefit of others, through the functioning of the nine worlds in daily life.
The basis for all religions is the same…The Golden Rule. That principle and more than sixty others are common to all religions. The main difference is the teacher and how they express these principles.
I have to say that I relate to the teachings of Buddha. The original intention of Buddhism is to alleviate suffering (and conflict). I base my life on doing the right thing, good morals, a high standard of ethics, respecting my elders, being kind to other living creatures, having compassion, courage, vitality, keeping an open mind, striving to achieve wisdom, and listening to what people have to say. Everyone has a voice. I do not suppress others’ words. I want to hear them and maybe there will be wisdom in what they say.
The best analogy I have heard for life’s journey is the following paragraph that I read on a fellow blogger’s post (I hope he does not mind if I use it here.)
Your life is a stream of experiences. The stream of experiences that we call life is akin to an ocean wave. In order to move toward wisdom, you must position yourself on the very crest of that wave and ride it. If nothing else, one can see a lot farther from the crest than the trough. If you fall behind the crest—living in the past—you will be confused and left behind. And if you move ahead of the crest—attempting to guess the future—you risk being overcome, pounded and sucked under – again confused and left behind. Stay present with the current experience. Ride the crest and stay on top. That is the place where freedom and wisdom proliferate. (Thank you Rising Hawk)
Ever since I started my journey to enlightenment, I have acquired more peace and relaxation in my life. I have never felt more at peace than right now. I smile a lot more and am in a happy state of mind.
Another good thing that has come from all my research is that I have more respect for all religions and the people that worship them. That does not mean I agree with them I just respect them.