I’ve always felt deeply connected to a higher source, but when I was reproached by my family for my refusal to attend church because I couldn’t adhere to the church’s interpretations of the bible and Jesus’ teachings, I felt lost. Moreover, these first experiences with Christianity and the constant conflicts between many organized religions left me in fear of all religions. At the same time, I felt that I needed guidance to fully reconnect with Source, so I begin my spiritual quest, looking within different religions for answers, at first afraid of all the dogma I would encounter. What I’ve found, however, is greater than anything I could have imagined at the beginning of my quest. If we stop looking at religion in a literal manner and we begin to look at saints, spiritual leaders, angels, spirit guides, Gods, and Goddesses as spiritual role models, and follow our own intuition, we will find in each religion something that works for us. If you feel strongly inclined to follow a certain religion, then so be it. I, personally, like to rummage through the wisdom of all religions and fully devote myself to what I find that I strongly connect with.
One thing I do feel is religion shouldn’t be an “end to itself”, but rather a “means to an end”, and that end should lie somewhere within personal growth and the development of one’s values.
Thank you! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. <3
Shaima Alawadi, Trayvon Martin…. I still can’t believe we are dealing with this shit.