I Don’t Go To Church Anymore
This is a comment I heard at a restaurant the other night. It was a decision the woman had made as a result of seeing organized religion through the dark lens of control, power, and agendas which were probably not motivated by the intent of its own teachers. I have been writing about creativity and decision making and open mindedness as we do it on the larger meta level. One of the cross currents we are all facing is the issue of how much we depend upon others and how much we depend upon ourselves. In another arena this is being played out in the role of religion versus spirituality.
I try to stay away from commenting too much about current events, politics, or finance. There are plenty of gurus offering all kinds of analysis. Yet you may have observed that regardless of your persuasions a few things are obvious. Our established institutions are up against their limits. Whether it is in economics, health, climate change, preventing nuclear accidents, or the presence of aliens there is a sense that events are moving beyond our ability to simply control them as we have been able to do in the past.
The role of religion has been very helpful in that it has brought order and a brightness of the future for many. It has provided a moral code, mandated ways to treat one another and promised a wonderful afterlife. It is a salvation for many who simply have had no other way to cope.
On the other hand religion has also been hijacked in many cases by militants, those who believe that their dogged way is the best or only way. It has become institutionalized, militarized, and politicized. Yet no matter how it has been used to promote power, ideology, or other forms of control there has been one casualty: it has discouraged the idea that you have a direct connection and are more empowered than you can imagine. There is always an intermediary in the form of a priest, minister, or other who stands between you and your creator and interprets exactly what that relationship is.
These particular times now suggest that religion alone is not enough. If not what is?
The pursuit of Spirituality.
Because it teaches that we are more, that we have power we have not learned to use. Spirituality is about waking up this awareness and seeing that how we think with intent is the path to co-creative power. it is the realization that there is an energy source we can access to create our dreams, goals and reality. It doesn’t mean that it is over night magic, or that we get what we want especially if our desires are in opposition to others. It does say, and with more convincing evidence from the scientific community than ever before, that our beliefs organize forces and moves them. The quest for how and in what ways is the revelation of the spiritual journey.
Time is now our most precious commodity. There is a pressing agenda to now understand how to claim and use our power. If we spend it watching endless political rhetoric, we may be being deceived because there is an underlying agenda we simply may not understand. On the other hand consciously practicing new ways to manifest, savoring experiences, or preparing for how we might better respond gives us clarity and power.
I cannot say that not going to church is an answer. But I can understand it. I can also endorse going to church from a different perspective. Years ago I went to hear Bill Moyers speak in Seattle. He had interviewed probably most of the world’s great religious and spiritual leaders and certainly has understood all points of view. He said at the time that he attended regularly, the Third Baptist Church of New York City. Why? because it was where he connected to the source. So church can hold many meanings. The point I am making is that we are at a time when we need to learn about and claim more personal power whether it is inside church or not.
I have written about the process of observing spiritual challenges, employing methodologies and what I found out. It has been released this year on Amazon in both printed form and Kindle. There is also a guidebook I have done is collaboration with Kerry Monick, M.D. a practicing psychiatrist. See:
I wold love to hear your thoughts about how this fits in with your ideas of creativity and decision making.