I've mentioned before on this blog that I'm Pagan. But, I'm going to take this post and instead of just blah, blah, blahing about my religion and how great and wonderful and peaceful I am with it (all very true, by the way.) I'd like to take a moment and talk about religion in general.
First of all, I'd like to say that I am 100% accepting of anyone and everyone else's religious beliefs. And I'm not one of those people that hangs out on Pinterest and says "Ooooo, you're a Mormon? Then I'm not following you" or whatever. I grew up in a family like that, but I've learned that there is a huge difference between Religion and Spirituality.
Allow me to explain what I mean. To me, Religion is just the shell. It's the actions, it's the stuff we are told the things we HAVE to do or ELSE. Inside that shell is our Spirituality and really all Spirituality is one and the same.
Outwardly I may cast a spell. My Christian friend over here kneels at her bedside and speaks with her hands folded. But, what are we both doing? We are both praying to the Divine. Spiritually is the faith that you hold in your heart. What keeps you going against all odds. And we all share Spirituality the same... it's just the outer package that looks different between us. Religion.
Am I against Religion then, no! No, I'm not. I see Religion as the choice we make to act on our Spirituality and we are all unique in what we need. I NEED spells. I'm Bipolar and I have a short attention span. When I was young and kneeled next to my bed my prayers went something like "Dear Jesus.... hmmmmmm, I wonder how that book I'm reading is going to end... Um, please help me be a more obedient daughter... Wow... Dad is so rough lately, ha! And I'M the one that needs to be obedient... and help me to get up... Wow, I forgot to dress that doll before I started prayers." I'm not kidding here. I couldn't focus on one thought at all. And in our household we could just read a prewritten prayer because that was considered cheating. Now, I hold something tangible in my man, something that represents the goal I want to manifest. I can use prewritten words and not have to worry that they are less than my own thoughts. When I have a minute to just talk to the Divine I light a blue candle and stare into the flame and say a few words real fast before I get distracted.
In the end the goal is the same, the matters of the heart, the faith is the same. The way I go about that is different.