Category Archives: Religion vs. Spirituality

For Those That Think Spirituality is For Cuckoos

I was one of you!!!!

Until the age of 35, I would not take part in discussions about spirituality, nor did I think those that did had any intelligence.

I was an Orthodox Jew who thought in terms of black and white and wrong and right – no middle.  If you sinned – you were punished in the afterlife.  Finished. Dot. End.

The “afterlife” was what happened after I died so I did not feel it was my position to know what that meant.  What it meant to me was that we all died one day and that our sins will be counted by whoever brought us here.

No, I never believed that there was nothing else besides this world…because how could I be so sure.  Was there a message sent by someone who has proof that there is nothing else afterwards that I missed?
I have always been mathematically inclined.  I had terrible grades in school, except for my math grades – because I was able to wiz through the classes without taking notes or studying for tests.  I just understood how math works.

Math works by logic.  I am logical.  Does that mean I am “smarter” than someone who is not logically inclined? No, absolutely not.

Artists use a different part of the brain in order to be creative.  Artists most likely are not using logic to create art.  Am I smarter than an artist who is not logically attuned?  No way.  We are just using different parts of our brains to do what we were programmed to do from birth.

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I Stand at the Door

I found this poem in submitted by Brother Ken.  Brother Ken also has some other inspiring posts there as well as some insightful comments here.

Tears started rolling down my cheeks when I read this so I felt it belonged in my blog as well.

Note: Sam Shoemaker is one of the founding spiritual voices of Alcoholics Anonymous.

I Stand at the Door 

By Sam Shoemaker (from the Oxford Group)

I stand by the door.
I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out.
The door is the most important door in the world –
It is the door through which men walk when they find God.
There is no use my going way inside and staying there,
When so many are still outside and they, as much as I,
Crave to know where the door is.
And all that so many ever find
Is only the wall where the door ought to be.
They creep along the wall like blind men,
With outstretched, groping hands,
Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door,
Yet they never find it.
So I stand by the door.

The most tremendous thing in the world
Is for men to find that door – the door to God.
The most important thing that any man can do
Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands
And put it on the latch – the latch that only clicks
And opens to the man’s own touch.

Men die outside the door, as starving beggars die
On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter.
Die for want of what is within their grasp.
They live on the other side of it – live because they have not found it.

Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it,
And open it, and walk in, and find Him.
So I stand by the door.

Go in great saints; go all the way in –
Go way down into the cavernous cellars,
And way up into the spacious attics.
It is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
Go into the deepest of hidden casements,
Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood.
Some must inhabit those inner rooms
And know the depths and heights of God,
And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
Sometimes I take a deeper look in.
Sometimes venture in a little farther,
But my place seems closer to the opening.
So I stand by the door.

There is another reason why I stand there.
Some people get part way in and become afraid
Lest God and the zeal of His house devour them;
For God is so very great and asks all of us.
And these people feel a cosmic claustrophobia
And want to get out. ‘Let me out!’ they cry.
And the people way inside only terrify them more.
Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled.
For the old life, they have seen too much:
One taste of God and nothing but God will do any more.
Somebody must be watching for the frightened
Who seek to sneak out just where they came in,
To tell them how much better it is inside.
The people too far in do not see how near these are
To leaving – preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door
But would like to run away. So for them too,
I stand by the door.

I admire the people who go way in.
But I wish they would not forget how it was
Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
The people who have not yet even found the door.
Or the people who want to run away again from God.
You can go in too deeply and stay in too long
And forget the people outside the door.
As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place,
Near enough to God to hear Him and know He is there,
But not so far from men as not to hear them,
And remember they are there too.

Where? Outside the door –
Thousands of them. Millions of them.
But – more important for me –
One of them, two of them, ten of them.
Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch.
So I shall stand by the door and wait
For those who seek it.

‘I had rather be a door-keeper
So I stand by the door.

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Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller

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DMT – The Spirit Drug

Yesterday I watched a movie called “DMT – The Spirit Molecule” and found it to be fascinating.

Note: To find out more about this subject, please click on the links below – sent to me by the director of the movie (see comments below) 

If you have never heard of DMT, it is a psychedelic drug called Dimethyltryptamine.  It has relatively recently been discovered that just about every living organism – from plants and animals to human beings – produces this chemical.  Indians and other cultures have found ways to extract this substance from various plants and other sources and use it for a “classic Gaian experience- a directly experienced realization of the interconnection and unity of all life on Earth and our place within this most amazing tapestry”.

The pineal gland (also called the “Eye of God”) is located in the center of our brain and produces serotonin, which acts as a neurotransmitter of ordinary consciousness.  Serotonin is a very close relative DMT.

I am not a chemist so I will not be able to explain how DMT is produced in the brain but I understand that DMT reaches its peak concentration in our bodies between 3 and 4 am in most people and that’s when deep REM sleep is happening.

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Karma is a Bitch

I love visiting a site called for daily inspiration.

Today I found this post:

“Michael Clancy reports in The Arizona Republic that a handful of Roman Catholic bishops are at odds with the Obama administration “over new rules forcing employers to include access to contraceptives and sterilazation procedures in health-insurance coverage.” The bishops claim this is a blow to religious liberty. Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted stated, “We cannot – we will not -comply with this unjust law.” While individual dioceses are excluded from compliance with the ruling, other extended Catholic organizations may be forced to comply. So, the Town Square question: 
Does this represent a blow to religious freedom or is the Roman Catholic church trying to force others to abide by its beliefs?” 

If no one is being forced to do anything, then there would be no difference whether the option is offered. Free choice is a human right – according to all religions. And, maybe I am uneducated about this religion, however, isn’t it a “sin” for the priest to get married and thereby a “sin” for the priest to have children – wouldn’t that be another form of contraception. I understand that there is a difference, one involves sex and the other doesn’t, but contraception and sterilization procedures do not inhibit sex.

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Are We “Better” People if We Are Religious?

The concept of religion, in my opinion, is misunderstood by a vast majority of people.  Being “religious” or abiding by religious laws and living within a religious community and sending our kids to religious schools……is not going to “save” us.

Religion is far more complex than just doing what we think is the “right” thing in G-d’s eyes.

Most of us think that being polite, going to Church or Synagogue, raising our kids not to have premarital sex, and proclaiming ourselves to be G-d fearing is all it takes to be “religious”.

In fact, the purpose of religion, in my opinion, is not even to teach us how to be “ethical” or “moral” for the sake of other people.

I believe that religion, if studied properly, guides us on the path to finding G-d (or The Life Force of the Universe) Himself – and teaches us how to attach ourselves to It’s energy.

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Free Will is the Mother of All Blessings

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s when I hear someone say..”G-d has blessed me with a lot of money”.  Really?  That’s was all G-d (or the Life Force of the Universe from hereon) could come up with?  Wasn’t the concept of money something man created?

Your answer might be something like; The Life Force of the Universe (G-d) created everything – including money, so, accordingly, money is a blessing.  So, based on that logic, I guess nuclear bombs are blessings as well.

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Religion and Brainwash

Brainwash is within all religions. Since I am Jewish, I want to briefly mention that, in my opinion, brainwash is so prevalent in the orthodox Jewish community that even I, who was at one point in time a strictly orthodox Jew, cannot see how all orthodox Jews are not gathering together and getting to the root of this problem. And the root of the problem is because it is too easy to turn religion into a money making opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »


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