It has been a few weeks since my last post. I have had some introspection time. It was well needed and deserved. I have always felt I am a spiritual being, I have faith that there is more to this world than what we physically see and touch. I don’t hold sway with a lot of organised religions as they seem too dogmatic to me. But it doesn’t mean I don’t find some value in what they do and believe.
All religions have good aspects to them. It is the cults that worry me. How they brainwash their believers who dedicate their lives to a belief system and give up so much all for a self-proclaimed guru who appears to have all the answers but doesn’t live by the rules set up to control the masses.
For me faith, belief, spirituality is a very personal thing. No one doctrine fits all. I meditate because it helps me quiet my mind and find an inner peace for myself. But I am no Buddhist. I love the idea of the Muslim sense of community and family and yet I am not a Muslim. I love Crystals and tarot cards and many of the eastern philosophies healing techniques but I am neither Hindu or Sikh or Taoist; etc. I follow many of the Pagan Traditions as well as the Christian holidays but I don’t identify with either. My heritage is Gypsy and Celtic, with a bit of Norse thrown in, hence the red hair, but I don’t exclusively identify with any of these cultures, but I value nature and herbal remedies as well as equality. I was baptised Anglican or Church of England but I don’t follow their principles.
For me personally I am not against any faith or belief system, I may not agree with certain things but I would never pass aspersions on any religion, etc, based on a lack of a lack of knowledge or how they are portrayed in the media.
Often times, when religion is used as an excuse for bad behaviour this has nothing to do with the religion itself, it has everything to do with someone’s hidden agenda who may have a score to settle. And this is sad indeed.
What worries me today is the move to “New Age”. But in many instances there is nothing new age about it, the healing techniques and doctrines have been around for centuries. And as with the cults, sects, extremist and right-wing groups forming all over the world, people are being brainwashed and conned all for the greed of a few. And this happens with pretty much everything today.
So many self-help books are being produced with some miracle cure for today’s problems and maladies. The sad reality is so many people fall for it. Recently a spiritual celebrity publicly denounced all she had been preaching and peddling for 20+ years. Having made millions off selling her wares she has now become a born again Christian. So many people were incensed and angry. Millions of followers all over the world believed what she taught and bought her books and cards. I have some of her Cards myself. To me this was just a case of someone trying to help people find their way to peace and happiness and she hadn’t really done that herself. I am not saying she is an egotistical charlatan, but so many people followed her blindly.
So many psychic fairs happen all over the world, people flock to them for answers, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have friends who set up stalls and tables for readings and products they have to help people to find what they are looking for in their lives. And I fully support them in what they are doing. And making a living out of something you love is the best feeling in the world. But there are those who are in it purely for the money and will sell their own mother if it gets them what they want.
A few years ago I was signing myself up for so many courses, trying to find my answers and my place in this world. And unfortunately I was conned and taken for my money by someone who only cared about what they could get out of it. Imagine paying $1600 to learn the Tarot. Luckily I figured it out after only a few weeks, but still that was a waste of money that could have been better utilized. This person has unfortunately gone on to change her name and started up a new website and Facebook page to continue to feed her ego and her lifestyle. I am now learning it for free, but the teacher has had to take legal action against someone who has been plagiarizing her work and making money off unsuspecting victims.
This is the kind of thing that annoys me and has made me wary of con artists. And in all walks of life they are there, ready to pounce on any unsuspecting victim. Most media sites, dating sites; etc, have become territory to the predators of the world who prey on unsuspecting victims who reach out because they are lonely and vulnerable, wanting that connection and being so trusting and naïve to the true identity of evil itself.
In my own journey with my faith I have realised I don’t fit into any one ideal, I follow my own path and believe what I do. I take from each belief system what works for me. I have given up fitting in with any one social, political, cultural, spiritual group because I have discovered I have specific needs that only I can fulfil. I have given up the need to fit in. It would be nice to find a group of friends who I can spend time with and feel like I belong quirks and all. I believe I have found that with my Facebook friends, some of whom I have met and love their company. Maybe I am a loner, and I can share my own journey with those who feel like I do.