reply to post by AidanK
This is the first time I have joined this site and the very first post I am making here.
Actually I only joined just to reply to your post because I do feel for your position and I wanted to give you some help as others have kindly done so
I am not quite sure what this site is all about and hopefully I do not break any rules, it is not my intention, but here goes.
Several decades ago when I went to university I was going through my own questionings about what is the meaning of Life and I was not sure if there
was life after death and so on. And I knew I needed to believe in something because I knew I was very weak and insecure. But that in iteslf does NOT
prove the theory that that is why we need religion. Because there is a saying that thirst is the surest proof for the existence of water. What this
means is that if in fact water does NOT exist anywhere in the whole universe, in the whole creation of being, then there would never be a thirst for
something that does not exist! Therefore a thirst means that it is a sign that it exists. Having a thirst for God means that God must exist. For if
God does not exist then the thirst itself could not be there! You cannot thirst for something that does not exist.
I felt at the time that all religions were at odds with each other and were too concerned about following their own special rules which in the end,
the rules were more important than Spirituality itself which was the purpose of religion in the very first place!
Religion is a man-made concept designed to spread the teachings of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and other spiritual evolved beings who have a message to
convey to humanity. Don’t get me wrong. Religion has a place to spread spirituality but often it forgets the spiritual bit and focuses too much on
outer forms. This message is a Spiritual one. But the task is daunting. How can you convey such a Spiritual message to the masses if they do not have
the intellect to understand profound metaphysical Truths which in actual fact do not run contrary to Science but is married to it?
In order to speak to the masses at that time you have to use a language they can understand, it has to be simplified and and in order that it may be
understood Jesus used allegorical examples which are NOT to be taken literally! It is the Spiritual message that is to be followed NOT the outer
forms. And here is where one of the problems we have is that religion will take some of these allegorical messages literally when in fact it was meant
to be taken as an example to explain a Spiritual Truth. Jesus or any other spiritual leader usually speaks simply to the masses and often in
allegorical forms. How can you expect Jesus or any other spiritual leader to explain in detail to the masses how the Universe was formed, the
principles of negative and positive polarity in all things, the workings of the atom, proton, and the concepts of consciousness, sub-consciousness and
Cosmic Consciousness etc? Hence symbolism and allegory was used such as Adam and Eve, the Apple and the Serpent. Not that there was really an Adam who
had an Eve and then a real live Serpent came along. He was talking allegorically here.
For example if you don’t recognize Jesus as your Saviour then you are not going to be saved. So my reasoning is that all the other nations and
cultures that did not know about Jesus will not be saved and all the other forms of Beings that are out there in the Universe and Galaxies are not
going to be saved because they did not meet Jesus or even knew about him even though they are ALL created by Him Our Father. And when Jesus spoke of
Him, God is NOT a man but he had to use some allegory to explain God. Try explaining the workings of the Cosmos in metaphysical terminology to the
masses at that time!
I felt at the time or sensed that any religion was not going to give me the answer. There are many religions on the planet and they all have their
particular rules, regulations and guide lines and their own particular form of spiritual personage to follow.
There was always this conflict between religion and science. I needed to find what it was that does not make this conflict. Science is man made.
Religion is man made. But the essence of ALL things is not man made – it is TRUTH. No matter what you believe in or not believe in this TRUTH will
always be there.
To me ALL religions are pointing towards the same goal, towards this TRUTH, towards this Spirituality, towards this something that cannot be
intellectually explained, but it can be sensed within the depths of your Being.
And as it was mentioned in the other posts the answer DOES come from within! Even Jesus said that!
But, unless I missed the post, no one seemed to point you to the way as to HOW you get to the answer within! They were all correct in saying listen to
your feelings, to what feels right. That is absolutely correct even thought at times if we are not truly in tune with ourselves we may not quite know
what is the right way to go.
My own personal advice - but again like others have said, take it with a pinch of salt, do what you feel inside is the right course to follow – is
to take up some form of Meditation.
It is through Meditation you get into contact with that part which is inside of you, that is your true Higher Self, which is the Spiritual part of
you. This Higher Self or Spiritual Self or call it what you will is the part that is connected to every person’s Higher Self which is connected
again to God, Higher Being or the Cosmic Consciousness which is the ALL. We are ALL connected to each other and to this Universal Cosmic Consciousnes
or put it simply God.
When you meditate, just be PRESENT. Do not think about the Past or the Future. Just be Present within yourself. Because it is by Being Present that
you free you Mind from thinking thoughts. When you are able to be Conscious WITHOUT thinking then you are entering the SPACE or GAP that is between
two thoughts! It is this GAP that holds the power and NOT the thinking. The thinking holds the EGO.
Sorry I am making it complicated. There are many books on meditation and there are many sites on meditation. Just do a simple 20 minutes of focusing
on your breath as it goes in and out. Focus on the breathing. If you become aware that your mind is running away into thinking again, then just gently
focus back again to your breathing. By focusing on your breathing you become PRESENT. Slowly your Mind will stop thinking. Then you are just aware.
Doing this you are attuning yourself to the Divine Presence within that is there to give you guidance and answers.
People who meditate sooner or later find Peace entering their heart and you will find that events will start to move in your favour. Jesus and all
great mystics have mentioned that to find God or Peace one must go into the Silence. This is what meditation does. You STILL your thoughts to find the
Consider this. Your Mind is constantly thinking. Your Mind is either wishing for the Past or it is wishing for the Future. It never wants to be in the
Present. Your Mind is like a sea where on the surface you are agitated by stormy winds and waves. But deep below the surface of the sea, the further
you go down, there is no wave or agitation. No matter how stormy the weather above, the deeper levels remain calm, untouched by the surface turbulance
of Life. That is where Meditation is leading you to. You still your Mind so that God can speak to you. If your Mind is turbulent constantly opened to
the outdoor world then it cannot speak to you.
Consider this. Your Mind is like the surface of a Pond. When through Meditation you have stilled your Mind, that is you have no thoughts, they are not
jumping around in agitation, then your Mind is like the glassy surface of a Pond - smooth and flat. In this state, you begin to feel the faint ripples
or vibration that comes from your Inner Higher Self, the God Within, and it is in this way that communications are made.
In this way, through the practice of Meditation, you are stilling your Mind so much so that you are preparing yourself to pick up the impulses from
the God Within, your Higher Divine Self which is connected to Everything.
The reason that most people do not pick up whisperings from God is because their Minds are continuously bombarded with activities from the outside
world, their thoughts are turned outwards, not inwards and stilled. In order for you to hear or feel the whisperings of Your Higher Self you need to
be Silent, you need to have your Mind stilled, flat so that it is abe to pick up the reflections or impulses of God’s Mind!
It is a bit like when you are making a lot of mental and verbal noise you cannot hear a pin drop. But when all is still and quiet then you can hear
the pin drop. That is how God is to be reached, through Silence. You do not reach God through the intellect, you reach Him in the Stillness of your
Please get any book or go to any site that shows you how to do a simple Meditation using the breath technique or whatever works for you. Don’t get
yourself too wrapped up in too many techniques or go into too many debates. Just do a meditation that focusses on your breath. When your thoughts go
off, pull it gently back to your breath. The purpose here is to still your Mind and to focus ONLY on the Present.
How often it is said, ‘seek and ye shall find’, ‘God is within you’, ‘Peace is from within’ and so on. And yet no one tells you how does
one do that then? How does one go within? What precisely does it mean to go within? Okay, tell me what to do?
That was one of the main problems I had with most religions. They keep quoting from the bible about this ‘within place’ but the bible never tells
you exactly how to do it! Except for religions like Buddhism it shows you the techiniques. So I DO recommend meditation. That is the link to the
‘Almighty’ in a practical sense.
One book I do recommend is “Practicing The Power of Now” by Eckahrt Tolle.
I wish you Light and Peace and my warmest best wishes.