“The Buddha spoke gently, “Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, one loses all one’s freedom. When one becomes dogmatic, that person believes his or her doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy. Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open.” – Thich Nhat Hanh …
Many people limit their own perspectives in life by clinging to views and ideas that they have embraced simply because they were taught from others that they were true. Yet by doing so, they will most assuredly miss out on experiencing the breadth of the spiritual journeys that lay before them. Furthermore, by accepting the words of others as personal truth–without seeking a deeper understanding–they lose sight of the deeper meaning of life.
There is nothing silly about questioning what you have been taught… for that is the path of growth. People who refuse to do so are sacrificing their own freedom just to hold onto a belief that may or may not truly hold any meaning to them. If we want to become truly spiritual beings, we must embark on our own journeys into our selves and into our personal relationship with God and life. Although the answers to my spiritual questions could be inspired and based off someone else’s interpretations, they most likely will need to create some personal connections within me to be able to grow–I must learn to trust myself and my own perspective on life.
When I mistakenly think someone is mad at me… it leaves me feeling awful. This belief will hold me back because I do not like having someone angry with me. Yet later on, when I come to find out that the person was not angry with me at all, my belief is shattered, and it no longer has any hold over me.
Spiritual growth is about actively learning and growing in our own spirituality. If we choose to make the journey, and continue on it all the way, we will find the truth we seek.
Take some time to question and learn more about your beliefs.
Questions to consider:
How can one believe something if they do not truly understand that belief?
What are some of your beliefs that you are perhaps unsure of?
How can you go about learning and understanding these beliefs better? How can doing so bring you closer to God and strengthen your faith?
For further thought:
“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” – Garrison Keillor