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One of the Best Religious Analogies Ever January 27, 2007

Posted by asoulsearching in Language, Observation, Religion, Spirituality.
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Jeff Lilly over at Druid Journal has constructed one of the best religious analogies I have ever encountered. Basically he asserts that religion is like language. Language is used to communicate person to person and religion is designed to communicate person to Spirit. That’s it in a nutshell but you really need to read the whole article to fully appreciate the elegance of the analogy.

Jeff’s commentary has given me a lot to think about. The most significant issue at hand is what I want out of religion. As funny as it might sound, determining what I want has always been a challenge for me. One of my fundamental personality traits is that I perceive the infinite possibilities of life vividly. By choosing one path over the others I feel that I must give up many of those possibilities and I hate to lose that potential. The gotcha there is that by not choosing anything I can’t realized any of those possibilities anyway. Most times I do pretty well at managing my dilemma, but it is a constant challenge. More times than not I find myself sitting on the fence between any significant issue in life and I think my fence sitting is a function of failing to choose a path. I guess that I just have to accept that all choices have a cost and I have to pony up sometime or all my opportunities will escape me.

As I have searched for a religion that fits me I keep finding myself drawn more towards the older religions such as Wicca, Paganism, Druidism, Hethenry, or Shamanism. I’m looking for a direct interface with God and these traditions seem to have the most direct connection to God. More modern religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism seem to have more layers of abstraction between worshipers and God. Perhaps that is what pushes me away.

Lots to think about.

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1. Further Reflection on the Religion-Language Metaphor « A Soul Searching - January 28, 2007

[...] thinking about how my family splits up on Sunday mornings, I recalled the metaphor I blogged about yesterday. One of the final questions addressed there is “How do I choose a religion that is best for [...]

3. Jeff Lilly - January 29, 2007

Hi Soul Searching, thanks for your kind words.

I have found that the most valuable tool for my own religious development has been meditation, particularly visualization meditations. Have you tried Erin Pavlina’s “Go To Your Room” meditation? It’s been a godsend for me. (My apologies — pun not intended…) You can call for guidance and get it. My experience has been that there are entities — spirit guides, gods, angels, archetypes in the subconscious, call them what you want — who are eager to help you set up the direct connection to Spirit that you’re looking for.

Erin’s meditaiton is not for everyone — not everyone is visually-oriented enough for it to go smoothly — but variations on the theme can work, too.

4. asoulsearching - February 1, 2007

Jeff – I have been dabbling with meditation and have considered trying Erin’s meditation technique. To be honest, the prospect is a little frightening because I don’t know what I’ll find. I’ll try giving it a try this weekend though and let you know how it goes.

Torilink – I haven’t read the book you mentioned, but will look it up on Amazon. I’ve considered looking into a Unity church but have not yet done so. Perhaps I should check into the possibility again.

5. afriendlyhand - February 8, 2007

A soul searching-

Have you ever investigated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? We believe in direct revelation from God to man. I have personally found many answers to my prayers through spiritual revelation and would suggest saying a prayer to see if you should search it out. Listen to your heart and good luck searching.


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