From Pieces To Weight: The Senses Of Valentine's Syncretism

Date: September 10th, 2016

Previously on PZ: Sleeping Beauty: Alternative Ending

*The following text was previously published on Project Zeitgeist prior to the database hack of July 2016*

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“From Pure Joy springs all creation. By Joy it is sustained, toward Joy it proceeds and to Joy it returns.”

- from the Sanskrit

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t adhere to the religion I grew up with, which was Christianity. What I may not have mentioned, though, is that Christian ideas are still very important to me today, in addition to many others including Taoism, Jewish mysticism, Witchcraft, Hinduism, Satanism, Thelema, and a great many more. I have simply expanded my religious and cultural horizons over time, and thus entered a spiritual wonderland.

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand/ And a Heaven in a Wild Flower/ Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand/ And Eternity in an hour”

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

The Universe is a massive buffet of ideas, and we conscious beings are the melting pots. I think that the closest accurate description I can give regarding my personal religious beliefs is to call it what it is: syncretism, the synthesis of ideas into a personally meaningful inner source of power. As a melting pot, I contain my own secret brew of human fondue, and so do you.

Religious syncretism is like mining diamonds from your life… they’re there, you just have to reach out and take them. Some of them are obvious, some of them are hidden. Some of them you cannot reach right now, but will be able to in the future when the time is right. Kind of like as if life were a videogame.

There are probably at least three major differences between my religion and most others: no sin, One God Many Forms, and reincarnation. As a rule of thumb, all other religions are unconditionally appreciated - I believe there is plenty of space for everyone in this world, no need to become uncivil over disagreements and differences. There is, however, a need to become self-actualized that every human being shares. Every human being is given one person, from birth till death, to take care of themselves: and that person is always that selfsame human being. Additionally, every human being has their own connection to the Divine. The Divine is omnipresent, eternal, and purely joyful; we cannot possibly exist without it. All of us experience the Divine every day - via both physical and nonphysical milieus - via the Sun, our planet Earth, other people, and ourselves. The physical needs the nonphysical in order to even exist; yet the nonphysical exists with or without physical form. The nonphysical is concentrated Divinity, and The Divine is always on your side.

“Not all treasure is silver and gold.”

- Jack Sparrow

What is sacred? In truth, all is sacred. All spheres of influence, every thing ever to exist in this Universe, All is sacred. All is full of love - or can be. Every human activity is blessed, every path can lead to paradise. Every raindrop raises the sea and floats all of our boats. All are free to compete, although nobody has to, because all of us are One. There is nothing unimportant or insignificant in our Universe. Spend your lifetime in worship of the things which bring you the most joy. Worship the stars, planets, and cosmos - our Sun, our Earth, our Galaxy. Worship the atoms that make up our world. Worship nature, worship your soul - the animals, the plants, the people you love. Love yourself and all around you; all atoms are your kindred spirits. Love your family. The mountains are your guardians, the seas are your confidante, and the winds are your angels. The stars are your fairy godmothers, those great-hearted queens of eras long past who always create for us today the wonderful world of tomorrow. The world now is always alive in ways we can comprehend anytime.

“The glory of the One Who moves all things/ penetrates all the universe, reflecting/ in one part more and in another less.”

- Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

I don’t believe in sin, or hell, or evil in the way that most people do. Sin, or the violation of a God’s will, simply does not exist because we are all made of God, who imposes no restrictions upon us… sin is manufactured from humans’ place of deepest despair. Serious brooding on such things simply do not dominate the minds of healthy and happy human beings, who are meant to be loved by Divinity. Such beings are focused upon the opposite of these: love, innovation, and harmony. Heaven and Hell are not places or times, they are states of mind. Good things always exist everywhere, they can be found by anyone, and they expand by virtue of our attention to them.

While it is acknowledged that there is no sin, there is acknowledgement of the shadows which are interpreted as evil in the world. Shadows occur wherever there is a lack of light - they may be illuminated at any time, remember, if only the light is allowed to shine there. It has often been questioned, “If light truly shines everywhere, then why are there shadows?”. The answer is… not all matter reacts to light in the same way. It depends on how the atoms are arranged, and that depends on how they are allowed to be arranged. Not all creatures desire to be close to God, just as not all Earthly creatures desire to live close to the Sun or upon dry land. Live and let live, to each their own! This is the way of the sublime.

I believe there exists One God In Many Forms… in this physical world that we know, that which humans call God or Divinity, exists in everything, everywhere, everywhen. Therefore it is crucially beneficial, dear Reader, for us to bless everything and everyone that exists. That is how love, beauty, and prosperity are brought into the world through us.

“Have courage and be kind.”

- Disney's 2015 Cinderella

I do believe in reincarnation, and I pretty much always have. There is never a moment when we do not exist. I don’t believe in an “afterlife”, because death is really only an illusion - life always exists, it is only our perspective of it that changes. Death is like going to sleep in one realm and waking up in another. Heaven and Hell are states of mind that can be experienced to any degree at any time in one’s life. Life moves beyond the bad times and the good times, always headed somewhere. Change is natural and eternal; by greater and lesser degrees, all things change, including us.

Because we actually live forever, what we do with our life experience now - our attention, our decisions, our feelings - are actually very important things. There will always be more for us. Since all things spring from Pure Joy, the pursuit of happiness is the foundation of what anyone would call a very good life. This is where the usefulness of the Law of Attraction can become a boon. According to Abraham, the Law of Attraction says simply “that which is like unto itself is drawn”... if we desire something, we must believe it is ours in order to have it. We have to be of its spirit in order to attract ourselves to it & attract it to us. To live and let live in the pursuit of one’s bliss is the most honorable way of living conceivable.

I didn’t get all of these ideas from one source, but from multitudes of sources throughout my life - everything I’ve ever read, seen, heard, observed, learned, thought, or been told has become a source of wisdom in some way. There are a lot of truths in the world, but I synthesize the best ones for me into a fluid, spiritual way of living that helps me to thrive. I feel that if more people accepted their own spiritual cocktails of beliefs, many more happy & productive people would inhabit this Earth in the years to come.

“The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

- Carl Jung

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