Using Religion to Escape the Church
Although from time to time as you read my books and articles you may get the impression that I am against religion. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not against any belief system and I believe that all beliefs are appropriate in their time and place.
What disturbs me the most is how the Churches use religion to disempower people. It keeps them captive in a belief system that is less than life affirming in that it holds back the believer from evolving past the Church or the religion itself.
It must be the mission statement of any organization to move its members to a higher level outside of their current beliefs, or the agenda becomes one of preservation of the organization over the welfare of its members. For me, the purpose of going to a church or attending any kind of a meeting would be to enlighten myself – not to be shackled or imprisoned. Moving from one box to the next is okay as long as you continue to move. Every step you take should take you to the next one.
The power of the church is obvious, and after thousands of years of mankind, humanity has moved very little spiritually. Today about 84% of the world’s population is religious. Men of importance and of high stature continue to practice outdated beliefs, and although they do it for their own personal reasons, fear is the common glue the binds them to it.
As enlightened persons, those who have moved out of the box may learn from the practices of the church. It is easy to see how organized religion can manipulate their congregants to remain loyal. The same practices are used in just about every religion – damned if you move; damned if you stay. Don’t ask questions about outside the box and don’t look outside the box or you will be damned.
Humanity is slow at catching up and religion is testament to that. In order to evolve, one must be ready to evolve. You can not walk from here to the corner unless you are willing to take the first step. You will when you are ready, and because so few have taken the step, it is obvious that they are not ready. It is no different outside the box as it is inside, except that you don’t have the four walls holding you back, nor do you have the protection of the four walls, but what you do have is an escape route and a chance to move somewhere else.
It is scary being outside the box and moving to places you know nothing about. However, with time the fear disappears as the unexpected becomes the expected. When one assumes responsibility for their lives, they also accept responsibility for the awesome, infinite power that comes along with it. The power and freedom to do, have, or be anything that you desire on demand and not be limited by ones own thoughts.
It is only when humanity looks to itself to create what it desires, does he truly know he is free and has joined with his God as one. The practices of the church, such as praying, worshipping, and letting go can give us example of how to focus on what we want to create. But, at the same time one must know that he/she is focusing on his own power to create; not any symbols or Gods outside of himself. If you are in denial of your own power, then you are at the whim of something that cannot hear you. You are past help, past hope, and past cure. That is not to say that prayers are all unanswered, but when credit is given away, so is the ability to tap into the power to create at will and from the true source.
When I talk or write about religion, I am not against it, nor am I for it. What I want to do is empower my readers to go past their beliefs, and create something that is even better than what they are experiencing now. I want to give them an opening in the box that they can squeeze through from choice, and move on to something even better. What I want to do is wave at you from where I am, and you are, and let you know that the distance between us is full of opportunities. I made it and so can you.
I am not looking for followers, I represent opportunity and not an end, I am not a guru or a savior, and I am a free spirit moving along a different chosen path. The pieces of paper that I drop along my path are my landmarks and acknowledgement that I have been here and gone. Either way, if you keep finding these papers or if they have all piled up in one spot – you will not find me, for I have moved on. It means I am life itself, always moving and always changing – just as you are.
Empower yourself, set yourself free to think outside the box, fear was meant to conquer; not imprison your soul. Give yourself permission to move on and experience all that you can be. The best belief is the one that demonstrates that it works for you in this life - that it offers you what you want to experience now, and not a promise of something that may come in another time and place. I am not God fearing, I am God loving!
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.Review Roy's new book at: http://www.yourlifewasnevermeanttobeastruggle.com