This is my cello, I love it. If you consider my pictures, taken from various angles, for a moment and had to describe what you were seeing in each image, well your response would vary quite significantly depending on which photograph you are focussing on. Some may see the pegs, some may see the bridge or the strings or the beautiful lacquered wood, or just the neck, the shoulders, the ‘f’ holes, or the finger board. For you, this is the object you see, as this is your frame of reference, your interpretation.
Religion, culture, rituals and our beliefs are all so wide and so varied, and yet there are so many strands of similitude. Therefore would it be wide-reaching to consider the theory that we, the sentient beings upon this great Mother Earth, are in fact all seeing the same thing but from a different angles? Although our understanding, perception & focusses may vary, could it be possible that we fundamentally are in pursuit of the same thing?
Could it possibly be that within our own frame of reference, our cultural differences, upbringing and so on, that we are all seeing the same thing from differing perspectives?
Of course the biggest problem here is that those who have strong faith and beliefs in whatever chosen religion they are involved, are often the most closed to recognising the value of another person’s faith or spiritual journey.
Some religious organisations are so focussed on indoctrination and dogma that they often leave little room for individuality or self discovery. They generally see women as lesser beings and depend heavily on a male hierarchy. Such an imbalance can never result in true harmony, and only seeks to control those who are willing to subscribe to their movements – or are born into them.
We all believe we are right.
How beautiful would this great Mother Earth be if we could leave behind ego, and move towards empathy. If we could say to one another; this is my path and whilst it may differ from yours it is of equal value, for to you it is real, just as to me, my path is real.
In contrast, the more spiritual based religious movements; Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoismand of course Paganism (this is not a definitive list), seem to be so much more inclusive, actively encouraging self-discovery and self-awareness.
One huge difference is the value that people traversing these paths place on all forms of life, both animal and plant based, and of course upon all humanity. Buddhist, Hindus and many pagans are vegetarian. For they value all life, whichever form it takes.
Their way, and indeed my way, is not a religion but a way of life that is prevalent in each moment, each hour, each day.
Learning to accept and value one another and, of course, to value this wonderful planet which is our collective home is at the core.
There is often much tolerance and the seeking of understanding and knowledge, never presuming to have all the answers. Don’t get me wrong, ultimately all humans have the potential to revert to ‘my way or the highway‘ occasionally, we are only human after all!
The world is a truly magical place, where thousands of great and small miracles occur everyday. We just need to open not only our eyes but our hearts and minds to witness these things.
For me, as a solitary Wild Witch and a Spiritualist, I feel a shift taking place upon Mother Earth – a movement away from indoctrination or dogma and towards spiritualism.
More and more people are discovering the many benefits of meditation, and are discovering that the world is indeed a smaller place, where cultures can co-exist, can learn from, and can value, our differences as well as our similarities.
The Native Americans have an ancient prophecy: “When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colours, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow” In many ways it seems this prophecy is taking seed and growing amongst humanity.
Of course, until we can all reach this form of Nirvana upon Mother Earth, one can only hope that more and more of us might try to embrace the idea of ‘My Cello’ – the same object seen from various viewpoints. Maybe through this way of thinking we might one day move away from a world where 84 year old priests are murdered in their own churches or where human beings behead other human beings for not believing in their indoctrination. One day we will master the art of paying it forward, and humankind will finally understand the implications of Karma.
Thank you for reading my ramblings. I hope in some small way they have given you food for thought. Until my next blog, I wish you peace and light in your lives.
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