The Many Paths
and
The One Source

In this new time of rising consciousness, one of the most compassionate and loving things we can do is to stop judging how any other person responds or reaches toward the One Source of us all.

Honor Your Path

A true hallmark of spirituality today is that we all are growing in the ability to honor another’s individual path toward the Source.

Whether we use the term God, Adonai, Allah, Goddess, Great Spirit, Mother/Father God, or any other terms, we are all reaching our spirits and our hearts and best intentions into the One Source. That much we know. We may agree or not. We may question why one would choose one culture or one religion or belief system for their individual path, but that is not ours to judge.

As the Dalai Lama has said, the only true religion is lovingkindness. Beyond that, the dogma and belief systems of others may influence the way they approach God. What matters more than their own particular approaches to the Divine Mystery, however, is that they follow the one rule which seems to have survived — to honor and treat others as we would want to be treated.

It is the freedom to seek our own way to love, our own way to praise and acknowledge what we consider the Divine Source, which is now being celebrated more as we reach into this new time of rising consciousness.

One of the greatest concepts we are now beginning to understand in this newer time is that indeed we are all of the same source. We are all one. This makes hatred and jealousy and judgment rather ridiculous, even though they are such seemingly natural by-products of the human ego mind. Yet now it is the collective Higher Self of the collective human species which seems to be reaching for a better way.

When we consider our same roots, there is a sign that we are rising to a higher level of living with each other in the human condition and in the presence of the Eternal Life Source.

The old way of living has been duality, separation, and taking sides on almost everything — even the way we consider the Divine Source of Us All.

In this new time of being more aware there is more to be aware of — we really are learning how to do better — and perhaps even finally get it right.

Barbara Mayer

Can Religion And Spirituality Co-Exist?

One of the greatest concerns facing many today is how present or past religious experiences and beliefs affect the current need to draw closer to the God Energy.

As we consider humankind’s desire to find greater meaning to life, it is the attempt to find our deepest reason for existence and our greatest fulfillment as individuals which eventually draws our attention. This is happening today more than ever, and there are three reasons for it. First, as the Baby Boomer generation flirts with the age 60 mark, more people are facing their own mortality and getting a bit more serious about covering all the bases. Second, earth changes and disastrous phenomena are calling our attention to some possible changes in living life on our planet. Third and most important, the rising consciousness sweeping across the globe today is giving more people a desire to reach deeper into their own lives and meaning.

Changing a Changeless Image

For the past 26,000 years — give or take a few centuries — religion has been the accepted way to deal with God. Congruent with humankind’s patriarchal society, God certainly was considered a male entity, and because we are all human, we have shaped God in human terms. Scripture records the line “Man is made in the image and likeness of God”, but it is man who has built his image of God in the image and likeness of himself!

Of all disciplines, it is science and physics which are now addressing new thought into the origin of creation. As the consciousness of our species rises, we may be closer to what is behind genesis and the Big Bang itself. What is becoming more apparent, however, is that many of us are now more actively seeking some kind of union — or at least experience — with what we call God.

Has religion through all the ages and cultures of our world been valuable? Yes. Is it still valuable? Yes. The growing popularity of mega-churches and tv ministries is proof of man’s thirst for a God experience.

There Are No Sides in One Circle

Yet there is another facet of man’s thirst for God. Its current name is “spirituality”, and that term has come to refer to anything that does not fit neatly into a so-called “religious” experience. What is not held as part of a religious ritual or belief system — or a topic which any “organized” religion has marked as unacceptable — has been condemned or at least debased by proper ministers of various religions. But the truth is that there is no “taking sides” when it comes to our Divine Source. What is true must be universally true. There is one Source of us all. Any “My God” or “Your God” is no god at all, but simply a human deification of something which fits our own personal agendas.

We Seek Direct Experience

Can we understand God? Can we explain God? Not with our limited human brains. Can we reach into our innate knowing that there is something greater than we are? Yes. Can we begin to live our lives accepting and acknowledging the truth of that Ultimate Mystery? The answer is not only “yes”; it is the only way to be our authentic selves within the glory of all creation.

Religion is about belief system, ritual, community and leadership provided by mostly male teachers. Some of those leaders have, in fact, driven more than a few away from various religious congregations — not by being men of God, but by being their own human selves.

Spirituality is about personal knowing and personal experiencing of the God Source. It involves and honors authentic inner search for union with that source. It judges no one and accepts anyone’s desire to experience the truth which ultimately leads to what we call God. Spirituality is about seeking a direct experience of That Greatest Truth. It has been part of humankind since our earliest beginnings, and it will continue to be so. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Oh God, you have heard the cry of my heart — because it was you who cried out within my heart!”

Can a religious individual meditate to find great personal knowing? Can a “spiritual” person find great meaning within a religion or while attending a religious service? Can a spiritual person find deep connection with the Source while participating in a native medicine circle, yoga meditation, healing circle or around a sacred fire?

Can we develop a personal relationship with God within — and without a formal religious structure?

Scripture says, “Be still — and know”. I suggest we all try to be still a while . . .

Barbara Mayer