A Spiritual Path

There has been many debates and battles over religion in the world, and on this very blog.  I’m an Atheist, although I embrace all religions and respect the beliefs of others, some find me a bit hard to comprehend. I wrote a article a couple years ago when I was looking for a religion I could embrace fully…  I couldn’t find one, but there are some religions that taught me a lot and still do.  Here is what I wrote about religion, I hope it helps those who don’t understand atheism to at least understand me a little better.
A Spiritual Path
A spiritual connection with your higher power can be the most profound relationship you will ever experience. No human being knows what path is best for you, not priests, not ministers, not psychics, not your family, not your friends, and certainly not me. All religions contain constituents of truth and all contain inaccuracies. The Divine being you choose to guide you must honor and welcome your values, ethics, beliefs and who you are as an individual. Only YOU can determine which divine entity will guide you through life in a way that will help you prosper and enjoy life to the fullest.
There are many different religions whether you choose Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Paganism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, Native American beliefs, the Goddess, or another spiritual path is not nearly as important as the act of freely choosing. You may very well choose to be an Atheist. My beliefs may be different than yours; to this I say” Diversity is a beautiful thing; life would be lethargic and dreary if we all had the exact same concepts and beliefs. Take pride in your individuality and respect others who do the same.
Some believe there is only one God, some believe there are many Gods and Goddesses, and some believe in the Mother-Goddess. Cave paintings and rock carvings of Goddesses have been found that date back to 35,000 years B.C.E. or earlier. Many of these statues and painted images are often called “Venus”. The best known of these, is the Venus of Willendorf. The Venus is carved from limestone and was found in Willendorf, Austria. Ironically my family is from Austria, and the very first piece of art they gave me was a statue of Venus!  Very Cool!
Does there have to be only one God?
I believe that a majority of men feared women because of our intelligence and since they were physically stronger then women, they then forced women to decline mentally, prohibiting us from reading or being educated in schools, and soon after, declaring that there were not many Gods and Goddesses nor was there a Mother-Goddess, but ONE God, a male God. Men are wonderful human beings, but they certainly have no right to carve Sanctity in stone! Altering the heart and mind can be grueling for those of us who have been taught to worship traditional religion, or we who did not want a jealous or fearing male God and consequently chose to be atheists instead. I don’t want to limit myself to one religion or faith. I want to learn of different religions and spiritual paths, and then grab what knowledge I want from each one. When reading a book about religion or spirituality, I take what I want and leave the rest. If I find something a mere mortal or a prophet wrote as her or his own truth and do not find it to be my truth… I will simply disregard it and absorb only the teachings in which I do agree with, or believe in. I think to take any written book whether it is The Women’s Spirituality Book, the Bible, or Dr. Ruth’s Encyclopedia of Sex as truth and nothing but the truth, is pure silliness. We are all complex and distinct people, not every written word in one book could possibly convey who we are as an individual in my opinion. All books were written by human beings such as us, all have some truth and all have some error.
Having faith is a wonderful thing, having someone else’s faith is like borrowing, it never really belongs to you.  If I had to make a choice to worship a God to please society as a whole, I would choose to worship a sacred woman for I believe women to be the most loving and powerful of all divine beings. Therefore, my spirituality would flow through the honoring of a God similar to the Great Goddess. We depend on the earth for all things, food, shelter, and life itself. All bodies are created within the bodies of females and so it is natural for me to see an all-powerful creator as female. In fact, understanding and reading about the Mother Goddess has helped me to embrace my own power, proficiency, splendor and heritage. What I have learned is to enjoy all the phases of life. Spirituality lives in me and strengthens my knowledge about life, love, nature and creativity. Also, in reading about the Goddess I have learned to revere and share my existence with our planet, all creatures, and all plants.
Some people who practice a Goddess religion perceive the Goddess as the Divine Creatrix of All Life. Others see her as a metaphor for “Mother Nature,” (as I do) representing earth’s sacred force. And some simply view her as fascinating pieces of ancient art.
Buddhism is another religion that I enjoy the teachings of.  Do I believe in reincarnation or that crystals will balance my chakras?  No, yet, I now support a crystal around my neck; For me, it symbolizes the heroic energy of the planet. Buddhism is a wonderful religion that does not require a belief in a God/higher power and yet their teachings seem more loving and spiritual to me than all others.
As you can see if I had to choose a God, I would have chose a higher power that accepts me for who I am and who would encourage me to be more.  One who would teach me that, all life is sacred (equivalent to a power and related to each other), and that there is only one race, the human race.
Being an Atheist doesn’t mean I don’t experience spirituality or believe in transcendental power.  On the contrary, a simple walk on the beach or in the mountains will conjure up a very intense spiritual experience for me.   These are the times I feel at one with our planet and our vast universe.  I’m not a believer in Gods, however I am indeed very spiritual.
To me, true love and spirituality is embracing the world, and taking pride in your individuality and respecting the individuality of all others.  It has nothing to do with ego, power and control.  I wouldn’t think to force my beliefs onto others, I want the same respect from those who believe differently than I do.
I read this article every time there is a religious debate to help center me.  I don’t like religion forced on me, yes this will upset me.  Although I try to remember to respect others, and live and let live as much as possible.

There has been many debates and battles over religion in the world, and on this very blog.  I’m an Atheist, although I embrace all religions and respect the beliefs of others, some find me a bit hard to comprehend. I wrote a article a couple years ago when I was looking for a religion I could embrace fully…  I couldn’t find one, but there are some religions that taught me a lot and still do.  Here is what I wrote about religion, I hope it helps those who don’t understand atheism to at least understand me a little better.A Spiritual PathA spiritual connection with your higher power can be the most profound relationship you will ever experience. No human being knows what path is best for you, not priests, not ministers, not psychics, not your family, not your friends, and certainly not me. All religions contain constituents of truth and all contain inaccuracies. The Divine being you choose to guide you must honor and welcome your values, ethics, beliefs and who you are as an individual. Only YOU can determine which divine entity will guide you through life in a way that will help you prosper and enjoy life to the fullest.There are many different religions whether you choose Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Paganism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, Native American beliefs, the Goddess, or another spiritual path is not nearly as important as the act of freely choosing. You may very well choose to be an Atheist. My beliefs may be different than yours; to this I say” Diversity is a beautiful thing; life would be lethargic and dreary if we all had the exact same concepts and beliefs. Take pride in your individuality and respect others who do the same.Some believe there is only one God, some believe there are many Gods and Goddesses, and some believe in the Mother-Goddess. Cave paintings and rock carvings of Goddesses have been found that date back to 35,000 years B.C.E. or earlier. Many of these statues and painted images are often called “Venus”. The best known of these, is the Venus of Willendorf. The Venus is carved from limestone and was found in Willendorf, Austria. Ironically my family is from Austria, and the very first piece of art they gave me was a statue of Venus!  Very Cool!Does there have to be only one God?I believe that a majority of men feared women because of our intelligence and since they were physically stronger then women, they then forced women to decline mentally, prohibiting us from reading or being educated in schools, and soon after, declaring that there were not many Gods and Goddesses nor was there a Mother-Goddess, but ONE God, a male God. Men are wonderful human beings, but they certainly have no right to carve Sanctity in stone! Altering the heart and mind can be grueling for those of us who have been taught to worship traditional religion, or we who did not want a jealous or fearing male God and consequently chose to be atheists instead. I don’t want to limit myself to one religion or faith. I want to learn of different religions and spiritual paths, and then grab what knowledge I want from each one. When reading a book about religion or spirituality, I take what I want and leave the rest. If I find something a mere mortal or a prophet wrote as her or his own truth and do not find it to be my truth… I will simply disregard it and absorb only the teachings in which I do agree with, or believe in. I think to take any written book whether it is The Women’s Spirituality Book, the Bible, or Dr. Ruth’s Encyclopedia of Sex as truth and nothing but the truth, is pure silliness. We are all complex and distinct people, not every written word in one book could possibly convey who we are as an individual in my opinion. All books were written by human beings such as us, all have some truth and all have some error.Having faith is a wonderful thing, having someone else’s faith is like borrowing, it never really belongs to you.  If I had to make a choice to worship a God to please society as a whole, I would choose to worship a sacred woman for I believe women to be the most loving and powerful of all divine beings. Therefore, my spirituality would flow through the honoring of a God similar to the Great Goddess. We depend on the earth for all things, food, shelter, and life itself. All bodies are created within the bodies of females and so it is natural for me to see an all-powerful creator as female. In fact, understanding and reading about the Mother Goddess has helped me to embrace my own power, proficiency, splendor and heritage. What I have learned is to enjoy all the phases of life. Spirituality lives in me and strengthens my knowledge about life, love, nature and creativity. Also, in reading about the Goddess I have learned to revere and share my existence with our planet, all creatures, and all plants.Some people who practice a Goddess religion perceive the Goddess as the Divine Creatrix of All Life. Others see her as a metaphor for “Mother Nature,” (as I do) representing earth’s sacred force. And some simply view her as fascinating pieces of ancient art.Buddhism is another religion that I enjoy the teachings of.  Do I believe in reincarnation or that crystals will balance my chakras?  No, yet, I now support a crystal around my neck; For me, it symbolizes the heroic energy of the planet. Buddhism is a wonderful religion that does not require a belief in a God/higher power and yet their teachings seem more loving and spiritual to me than all others.As you can see if I had to choose a God, I would have chose a higher power that accepts me for who I am and who would encourage me to be more.  One who would teach me that, all life is sacred (equivalent to a power and related to each other), and that there is only one race, the human race.Being an Atheist doesn’t mean I don’t experience spirituality or believe in transcendental power.  On the contrary, a simple walk on the beach or in the mountains will conjure up a very intense spiritual experience for me.   These are the times I feel at one with our planet and our vast universe.  I’m not a believer in Gods, however I am indeed very spiritual.To me, true love and spirituality is embracing the world, and taking pride in your individuality and respecting the individuality of all others.  It has nothing to do with ego, power and control.  I wouldn’t think to force my beliefs onto others, I want the same respect from those who believe differently than I do.I read this article every time there is a religious debate to help center me.  I don’t like religion forced on me, yes this will upset me.  Although I try to remember to respect others, and live and let live as much as possible.