Getting past the God crap!
Living in a heavenly cloud of God 'do-do,' or religious
terminology has a certain benefit to some people. It is often a place for some
to hide and an escape for those who donít understand it anyway. It is a lofty
cloud of worn out Christian phrases that are a major turn-off for some people as
they wade through the real world knee deep in horse do-do and everyday living.
It often separates ordinary people from church and religion, and for many
it is simply nauseating.
On the other hand, there are those that relate to God in abstract
terms, and the language and the symbols have great meaning to them, there is
nothing wrong with that, if it works for them. Some of that stuff, can be very
beautiful and uplifting. It is not my intention to offend anyone. We all make
choices as to how we want to relate to others and the environment. Too much of
it, in my opinion, can be like too much desert or sex, sometimes you just have
to push yourself away from the table in order to get a better perspective.
I have personally struggled with many of the terms, and today still
have trouble saying the word God, because of the many nuances connected with the
word. Language is the greatest barrier in bringing people back to themselves.
When I tell people what I do, I say that I am a writer, and I have written
several books. Their faces light up immediately, as if in the presence of a
possible celebrity. Then they almost always ask me what I write about. When I
say that I write about New Age or New Thought Wisdom, they sometimes stare back
at me with a blank look. I explain that it is about spirituality, and they
quickly change the subject. The damage by that time has already been done. Some
of them will reply, oh! that Jesus crap "huh?" Even if they are polite enough to
let me explain the difference between religion and spirituality, the
conversation has become confrontational.
Language has separated man from man, and man from God for
centuries. How can I get a message to you if I speak German and you understand
French? Christianity is speaking a language that more often brings some to the
point of vomiting. "Look to the Heavens and Knoweth that thy father loveth his
lost children," YUK! Surely there must be another way of expressing this great
message that does not insult the intelligence of those that have to live in the
real world. We also know that we cannot trust those who woudst translate it for
us, because they often have a hidden agenda. Come on, we have jobs, a life to
live, we donít have time for this, isnít it about time somebody got their head
out of their butt and started talking real. During my youth and early adulthood,
I had to suffer through listening to this stuff and it turned me away from the
church and church goers.
In the last few years I have had to go through it all over again as
I struggled to reach a higher level of understanding myself spiritually, and my
connection with Christians and none Christians alike, and that which created
me.. As progressive as New Age and New Thought wisdom is., there is still a
tendency to use outdated and lofty language, that does little to bring
understanding to either the listener or the speaker. For what purpose does one
hide behind such language, it is more for ego than anything else. The language
remains shrouded in mystery and takes the responsibility away from the speaker
to have to explain it. After all who woudst challenge a person that douth
Spirituality speaking, people understand their connection to the
creator, and have great difficulty wading through the barnyard stuff, to get to
it. As I write this I can hear echoes of "Yes," "right on," ringing through my
head. Know this, you must get past the language, learn to deal with it, have
tolerance for those that insult your sensibilities, do not be afraid to express
yourself, in your own language. You have a right to know what "God people," are
talking about. Donít let them off the hook because they can speak the lofty
language, and are unable to speak in earth language.
Find yourself another name for God. There are like, a billion of
them already. God, he/she has no preference. The language, nor the name was
sanctioned by the creator, but comes from the minds of men, who have done a
miserable job of modernizing it. We are not all history junkies, some of us
would love to move on. We donít need lessons in God language. We need to
understand the true nature of our spirit in relationship. And we want to hear it
in real language. In human terms.
Know this, you will never be punished by your God, he will Ďparty,í
in the knowledge that you have become aware of your connection to him/her. It is
very unlikely that meaningful changes will come from organized religion as to
modernizing the language, churches are chained to tradition and ritual. It is up
to the new generation to build a culture of spiritualism that is progressive and
changes with each generation. Life is about change, so is true spiritualism. God
ainít heavy, heís your brother, heís your bud, heís ready to hang with you any
time. Talk to him in you language, your terminology. Get off your knees,
separate you hands and get real. Talk to him, he is real, he is as real as you
make him/her. He is your peer, not your punisher or parent. Dress him up in your
fashion, but do not turn away from him. You will have passed up the greatest
experience in your life.
There is no other that you can talk to in your own terms and expect
to be understood. Know this, you do not have to walk around with your head in a
cloud or pray on bended knees, light candles or listen to weird music. If it is
authenticity that you are looking for, then be authentic, be real, be creative.
Hang loose and learn to love the one youíre always with, and know that you will
be loved. There are no conditions, unless your create them yourself.