August 3, 2009

What if?

I have always been one to look at the world with an open mind, or so I thought. Since I started on my new pagan path, I have been presented with many ideas, principles, and ways of seeing things that I had never even considered. I was astounded at first to find that first of all, they seemed to make so much sense to me, like it was the information I had been looking for all my life, and second, that I had never considered pagan "religions" to have any value, that they were all just a bunch of hoopla from old dead civilizations.

I grew up like many children do, in the Christian belief system, and was taught that the words in the Bible and the lessons taught in church on Sunday were the "only" way to believe. God was the creator, Jesus was his son who came to die for our sins, and heaven and hell were very real places we went to after we died. For the greater part of my childhood, I bought into the system, never questioning the reality that was presented. As I grew older, I did start to see some inconsistencies in the stories, and questioned the existence of so many different denominations in this so called "only" way. I did not, however, take into account that there were other religious beliefs, or rather, that their ideas may in fact be the true "reality" of life and death.

Finally, when I reached the age of 18, and left my parents behind, I started thinking in earnest about what was really going on, and how I fit in to the tapestry of life. The first thing I did was to adopt my own interpretation of what I believed "God" really was. As an avid science fiction fan, the Star Trek series in particular, I became fascinated with a character on the "Next Generation" series named simply "Q". He was presented as a lifeform that had very similar characteristics of "God" as I knew him, omniscience, omnipresence, or in simpler terms, had control of space, matter, and time. However, he appeared looking just like any other human. I began to see similarities between Q and God to the point I uttered for the first time, "What if?"

What if "God" was really just another lifeform in this universe? What if he had decided to present himself as a god simply because at the time, humans did not have the knowledge or technology to understand the possibilities of existence? Humans took until the 15th century to discover the world was in fact round, so how could they comprehend 4000 years before anything as advanced as this being? If he was in fact just another lifeform, then was it possible to believe he did not in fact wish to be worshipped as a god, but rather that humans had decided to do that on their own, and write it into a book? These and many other questions started to swirl about my mind. I finally decided to believe that this "God" was in fact just another being, just higher on the evolutionary scale, and in addition, there were probably more than one, and did not demand worship. This was the belief I subscribed to until only a few months ago. It was still very largely based in the Christian belief system, as I still discounted all other ideas as sheer idiocy.

Now that's not to say I left the "what if's" to religious things only, but for the sake of this particular "rant", I shall restrict my discussion to spiritual ideas.

A little over 3 months ago, a close friend of mine introduced me to her spiritual beliefs, or as she put it, her "path". I respected her position as a sane human being, and I began to read in earnest about all things pagan. To my utter surprise, I found that the very things I had discounted as poppycock and hoopla were a way of life, a life that I wanted to adopt for myself. No "this is the only way", no only one "God" exists, but a world full of energy, love, and connections with all things in the universe. I have so much more to explore, and learn, but now my outlook is full of "what ifs".

Energy is everything, everything is energy. With the proper state of mind, these energies can be felt, seen, and manipulated. Such a universe we live in, for such possibilities to exist, it is simply a wondrous thing. Other beings, all lifeforms, all of creation, all made of energy. My excitement at the knowledge and experience awaiting me is overflowing.

One day all of humanity will be able to join me in this revelation, and also begin to say, "what if?"
What if everything we believe is reality is in fact only a small portion of what really exists? What if everything we can imagine does actually exist on some plane of existence? What if love is the only thing, and everything? For those of you reading that have been on your path for years, perhaps decades, these questions have probably already been answered to some degree, but for me, my eyes have just been opened, and I hope as I travel along MY path, I will find more wondrous things than these, and join with you as a being of light and energy.

Until next time!


Bella Foxglove said...

You know what? I think you might just have a better grasp on the outlook of things in our world than I do, and I have been on this path for over a decade.

This entry really stunned me, because out of all the things I have contemplated about gods and goddesses, your particular analogy, that "God" was something like Q, and just a little higher on the food chain so to speak..NEVER occurred to me in such a way.

I am sitting here in a rather stunned silence because that made an awful lot of sense...

And you say you are just a noob lol.

I will not attest to the validity of how "sane" I am but I am glad that I could open your eyes to a new way of thinking, and I am looking forward to seeing where your journey will take you....