If you've checked my stuff you've probably guessed (and rightly so) that I'm very interested and involved in the spiritual. Before I talk about myself I'd like to make two things clear.
- Religion and spirituality aren't the same. You can be religious without being spiritual and vice-verse. Religious means to adhere to a preexisting religion/cult and that you believe in it. Spirituality is to pursue self enlightenments and improvement, spirituality doesn't even need to have any link to gods or supernatural stuff. A spiritual person can be an Atheist just like a religious person can be devoid of any enlightenment.
- People say that there's only one true religion (or philosophy, spiritual path and etc…) They’re right I believe.
The correct path is the one that makes you happy and does so without you having to hurt anyone, including yourself. It doesn‘t matter what the beliefs are if it‘s what works with you then it‘s the right one. Regardless of if it's Abrahamic, oriental, native spirituality, paganism, some odd new age space cult or even an Atheistic view. The dogma is not the thing that matter. The teachings and philosophy and how you apply them is what counts.
So about my beliefs now. I'll give you a quick history first.
My parents are first of all Non-Christian (other than by osmosis...) one follows Buddhist philosophy the other is agnostic.
I have two siblings and despite what their whole families wanted, they decided not to feed us Catholicism. We didn't get even baptized to the ire of our grandparents.
All my life, my parents were open, saying that if I wanted a religion, whatever it was, they'd support me. They wanted that if I had one, it was M.I.N.E. So I had no first communion or anything like these.
As a child, I couldn't have cared less. I was a kid that grew up rather quickly so at ten I was already in quest of answers. Buddhism is the thing that enticed me first although not as beliefs but as a way to live.
Buddhism teaches that sadness despite having all you need comes from two things; Desires and the ego. Desires is self explanatory. Ego means that you have to defend your mental being, that you have a face to protect, that you have pride. To reach happiness (Nirvana) one must detach himself from these anchor that keep sinking him.
It's hard to argue that point.
But that wasn't enough. It was a philosophy to live by but I felt like I needed insight. The other path that interested me was the occult (Note; Occult means secret, not evil...) so I ended up looking into things, Hermeticism, Neo-Paganism, Old religions and bits of modern ones.
I didn't exactly stick with any of them and just took what I felt was good.
- “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
-Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha
This quote actually really represent my beliefs. But enough history, what exactly do I believe in?