People get confused when they learn that I am an interfaith minister. The Order of Melchizedek, to which I belong, is a healing and service order. I could still associate with a religion of my choosing, if I so desired. Here’s the thing– religion is believing in someone else’s experience of God, while spirituality is actually experiencing God for yourself. Personally, the religion thing never quite worked for me, and I did a pretty darn good job of educating myself to find one that would feel like my favorite sweater. I wanted to feel warm and cozy, but it needed to have room to fit all of the things that I actually believe.
Raised Catholic, there wasn’t any room for discussion about personal beliefs. There are rules and a belief system in place, and if you don’t adhere to it, you go to Hell. No one is anxious to talk about the things with which they don’t agree. It’s much easier to be a “cafeteria Catholic” and just take the things you like and leave the rest to apologize for in confession.
Once I had kids, I couldn’t bring myself to raise them in the cafeteria. Something deep inside me knew that disagreeing (or pretending to agree) with the very institution designed to shape my core values went against the core values that already existed within me. Even as a kid it made no sense that God would create special people who were aware of the rules and leave out the others.
I raised my children in the Unitarian Universalist church, where everyone has the right to his or her own beliefs as to the nature of God and the Universe. The fifth grade curriculum is called neighboring faiths, and our kids learned about Judaism, Hinduism, Humanism, Atheism, Islam, Protestantism, The Church of Latter Day Saints, Catholicism, Buddhism, and Moravians, among others. We visited the respected houses of worship, attended services, and when possible, spoke with someone who would answer questions from the children. If there is one thing that the Unitarian Universalists do really well, it is promoting education and tolerance.
But for me, there was still a God-shaped hole that couldn’t be filled by respecting others and serving the community. The only thing that actually fits in that hole is God, and no matter what kind of sweater you put on, until you actually realize how to experience God for yourself, your religion will be nothing but a costume. Ironically, now that I have learned how to go inside, commune with the divine and fill that hole, I see the beauty in all religions. All of them are headed by a spiritual person, whether it be Buddha, Jesus, Joseph Smith, Muhammad, or Abraham. All of those spiritual leaders were trying to provide their followers with tools so they could have their own relationship with the divine, regardless of what name they gave to God.
The thing about the God-shaped hole is that if you are trying to fill it with different religions, you might run across the tools you need. But, if you are trying to fill it with food, anti-depressants, alcohol, drugs, approval or love of other people in your life, you could be setting yourself up for disaster.
I can help you fill that hole with self-love. The pure divine Grace that can clear your fears, give you purpose and fill your God shaped hole. Contact me today about an akashic reading. If you’re not ready to reach out, visit my website at www.wellnesstransformations.com and sign up to receive 5 Steps To Meet Your Spirit Guides. I would love to hear from you. Comment below and let me know how you fill your God shaped hole!
Wishing you peace, fulfillment and much love,