We were talking about what we believe in the Druid Group, so I thought I’d blog about my “ideas” a little… mostly because I don’t think I’ve ever organized them anywhere but inside my head.
Panentheism/Pantheism: I think that the divine penetrates everything, but that there’s a part of it that is the “hive mind” and officially organizes things. Everything has a role in it, but I think there’s a central processor.
Archetypes: I think that gods and goddesses of all types from all pantheons are sort of like mantras. We pray to, say, Ganesh, because we want some obstacle or another moved. The universe is familiar with the idea and energy of Ganesh, and thus is more easily able to guess at what we’re asking for. They’re like an intermediary between us and the universal “central processor”.
Reincarnation: I definitely think that reincarnation is real. I’ve often felt really in touch with something that I have never (in this life, anyways) had contact with. Yoga, for example. I took to that like a fish to water, and I’d never been exposed to it otherwise. It felt like a homecoming. I can’t help but think that something that feels that familiar must have been in another time and space.
I also think that we make agreements with people before we reincarnate. Ever have a problem with someone that just keeps coming up again and again and again? I feel like we’ve made agreements before birth with these people to experience certain things, work out karma, etc. We’ve made agreements so that we can feel every aspect of what it means to be human… even the brutal ones.
It All Balances: I think there exists some balance between the idea of karma and the first law of thermodynamics. All things in the universe must balance out eventually. That being said, if all you put out is negative energy, you’re probably going to get negative things back to you. Not as punishment as much as the idea that “like attracts like”.
Differences of Opinion: Muhammad, Buddha, Jesus, Zoroaster… I think that these people all were real, and all were bodhisattvas. I don’t think there’s one true way to God, but that it’s more important that you just have a path to begin with. I don’t think that God really cares either. Something along these thoughts from Ramakrishna:
It’s enough to have faith in one aspect of God. You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.
Many are the names of God, and infinite the forms that lead us to know Him. In whatsoever name or form you desire to call Him, in that very form and name you will see Him.
I also try to, whenever I think to, use the word “idea” instead of “belief”. I think ideas are easier to change than beliefs, and are inherently more malleable. Semantic-y? A little, maybe. I’m like water to dogma’s oil, though.
That’s all I can think of right now. We’ll see what else bubbles up later 😛