Artist: Ravynne Phelan
Spirituality, Religion, Politics, Personal Dogma, Atheism, Fundamentalism, Indoctrination, Kindness
– It’s not what we believe, but how we believe
– Lift others up
– Does what you believe make you kinder?
– Are you willing to lose another for your beliefs?
– There are many ways, just not your way
– Educate, don’t indoctrinate
– Seek a kind approach
– Moderate fundamentalist beliefs
The Seven of Air symbolizes the realms of spiritual belief, religious practice, and personal dogma, and the influence they have upon how we perceive the world around us. Spiritual belief can make our lives feel complete, make us healthier, happier, kinder, and more compassionate people, and yet it can also place us at odds with others and start wars, both global and personal. It can bring peace, and a healthy sense of wellbeing, or it can literally place you in harm’s way and tear your world and life to pieces. Spiritual belief, in the form of religion, has throughout the centuries been one of the root causes of almost all human conflict, and it is still one of the leading causes of bloodshed in our modern world.
There are many who subscribe to the belief that embracing a spiritual path is different to following one of the many ‘organized’ religions. But consider this: whether you subscribe to a religion, or have a more organic spiritual ideology, or even subscribe to Atheism, all involve following a personal dogma that can be orthodox and rigid or expansive and accepting. To believe in a religion, to embrace a spiritual path, or none at all, is no different, energetically, than believing that one political party is better than another, or that a vegan diet is better than one that includes meat and animal products, or that your favorite sports team is the best sports team. All forms of belief can lead to peace and a healthy sense of wellbeing, or to extreme and fundamentalist behavior. All paths can be born of independent knowledge and understanding, indoctrination, or a mix of both. Each choice, even the choice not to believe in the Divine, requires that you believe in something, even if that something is that a belief in anything other than our physical reality is a symptom of a deranged mind.
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