Friday, 8 October 2010

A Question of Faith?

I am a philosopher. I spend so much time thinking and not nearly enough time doing. I have an inquisitive mind and don't accept things on face value. I have spent many years questioning my religious beliefs and found it difficult to fit in with all the various religious constraints.

Yesterday I had an epiphany! (in the form of a realization and not in the Christian sense of the word). I was seeking out things that interest me through Internet searches and came across a belief system that fitted in with my views and beliefs rather than me having to fit into someone else's.

It felt as though a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I had the best nights sleep I have had in ages.

This is not going to turn into a religious blog as I think that religion can be a great divider and I want this blog to be accessible to people of all faiths and beliefs.

Who knows, next week I may change my views yet again but for now I feel that I have made a breakthrough in understanding a little more about myself and the direction I want my life to go in.

10 comments:

Teresa said...

I can relate. I spend a lot of time thinking about things that a good friend calls "deep" (while she's looking at me with an expression that tells me she thinks I'm definitely running off the beaten path). I constantly question what I see going on around me and around the world. I look for the practical aspect of faith... how does it work in my life? What effect does it/should it have on my decisions and priorities? I know what I believe... but am still working on moving it from mere knowledge to practical guidance.

Julie Rutter said...

Oh, you must be feeling so good. I don't think I am a very 'deep' person. I quite like to take life as it comes and probably don't question enough but I do know how good it feels when things seem to fall into place. Juliex

JuicyFig said...

It's good to shop around so to speak! I am a lapsed Catholic, I have dabbled and read up on Budhism and Pagenism and read up on all kinds of other religions, but have decided for now there isn't anything out there that suits me, so long as I respect life in all it's shapes and forms I can get by...or something like that!!

Kath
x

Kathy said...

Glad to hear you have found a direction to travel in. Faith can be a great help at many times in your life. I think I get my awe and wonder from the world around us rather than in an organised way!
Love Kathy xxx

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Rosie said...

You sound very positive and happy and have done in your last few posts - glad you have found a path to follow and something to engage your thoughts and give you strength and purpose:)

Louise said...

I seek inspiration from people I can relate to. Living people, who work really hard to make something good. Whatever it may be that brings you happiness in life, has to be good. x

Rosie said...

Like the other Rosie says you sound positive and happy which can only be a good thing. I have looked at most of them and think that there are things for and against them. I know many people take strength from their religion especially in difficult times and that can only be a plus.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Fab that you have found something perfect for you :-)

amanda claire said...

Tim and I can relate so much to this. Tim doesn't really know what he believes, just that he believes in something. Whereas I know hat I believe but I just don't know where I fit in... as a child it was easy, I never questioned anything, but then when I met some very strict religious types I felt that a lot was taken away from me. Since then I have worked to find peace again, but I have yet to work out the where I fit in. And sometimes, I find, trying to fit in actually makes my own personal faith weaker as I don't nurture it enough. Like you, I dislike that religion can cause such divisions and wish that it weren't so. Essentially, I have always felt that no matter what your specifics of belief you should be able to acknowledge and even recognise your own faith in others' and it actually makes me sad to think this isn't so.

This is my long way of saying "yay" for you, for having your own epiphany and wanting to speak about your own faith, just as you are xx