It's probably that I've been on a spiritual quest for as long as I can remember, but it is sort of like new ideas chase me down. It's as if they want to be churned through the processes of my mind.
So one of them caught up to me this morning. This first part is not new, but it sets up the second part, so bear with me a moment.
Under ancient thinking, Greek thinking, and some others, the earth was for sure the center of the universe, with all other things out there circling around earth. As the explanation started to fall apart, sub-theories were offered, such as the planets went in smaller circles while going in a big circle around earth.
Eventually it became clear the earth orbited around the sun, as did all the planets of the solar system. The sun was just one of the billions in the Milky Way, which was just one of billions of galaxies. The earth lost its privileged status. It is our home, and so important to us, yet perhaps insignificant to the vast expanses of the universe.
Religion is undergoing a similar shift. The major religions have thought their religion is the right one and all others are distant falsehoods that circle at a dim distance.
Now our religions interact some, with most cities having synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, etc. Information about each is easily found on the internet. And we discover that each is a path that has led many to the God experience. Our understanding is not the only one. Our religion is not the center of the universe.
So we have choices. Can we honor other approaches to God, while walking our particular path? How accepting and inclusive can we be to other sincere seekers? Can we move beyond the arrogance of having to be the only right one in the room?
We must try.
How true! We've reached a point where continuing to believe our way is "right" and others are wrong will be catastrophic for all of us. We must learn to see the truth, even if only a grain, in all other perspectives. As Eckhart Tolle and others have said, we're at a turning point where we must either evolve or die. I pray we will grow up as a species before we annihilate ourselves.