Thursday, October 27, 2016
I think that you can have a spiritual life even if you do not believe in a personal God separate from yourself. I hear people say, "Find God and good things will happen." It sounds as if God is a thing that you look for. I think that spiritual experiences are in behavior that makes us better persons. Like what? Well, become more honest. Accept others as they are instead of judging and gossiping. Be come grateful instead of complaining. Be compassionate for the sufferings of others. Become more helpful and less self-imploded and fearful. Ask a person of good behavior to walk with you on your spiritual journey, so that you are not so much self-directed. Find people who are tolerant of your non-belief. I have met some very good people of the behavior just mentioned, who don't believe in a personal God that they have had to go find. If I want to become a chemist, I need to find chemists who know a lot more about chemistry than I do. I find a lot of spiritual wisdom when I make the effort to look, search. I don't find much wisdom when I sit around thinking about it in my head. Non-belief is OK. Isolation, not so much.