Friday, July 25, 2008
BlissQuest: Trying New Religions
Listening to: An obvious choice.
Today's Bliss Formula: On my way to Buffalo for the day to take lots and lots of pictures and hopefully eat some yummy food. I think I found some awesome places to photograph. Exciting.
I don't know about you, but I think I've tried just about every religion out there.
This obsession with finding some form of perfection (which is impossible, I know) started when I was quite young. I was raised basically with nothing and so went searching for something.
But I don't know...I think I would have been like this no matter what my house had been like. I know plenty of people who were raised with one thing and still turned into seekers. Perhaps we are all destined to walk the path of seeker if we are at all inquisitive and curious.
At this point in my life, I tell people I am a "ReluctantCatholic Yogi who believes in Magic."
The catholic thing is something I knew I wanted to be a part of since I was about eleven. It just is what it is. I'm not very welcome in that church since I'm a lesbian, but I know there is more to it in terms of mysticism and important ritual so I try to overlook the fact that I am, technically, "uninvited." I don't go to Mass very often but I have personal practices that I am devoted to.
The yogi thing is obvious and I am thankful that I found yoga about 14 years ago. I am even more thankful that I found Kundalini Yoga about 7 years ago.
Magic...I don't mean the casting of spells. I just believe that we are infinitely powerful beings capable of creating our worlds. So maybe I do mean casting spells -- just not the dancing naked under the moon kind.
A large part of my searching has taken place in libraries, but I've also been a visitor to all sorts of churches, and at one point, I took a year long class at a local reform temple. I've also had sessions with spiritualists -- that was a huge leap for me!
For BlissQuest today, I thought it would be fun to dare you again.
I dare you to try something new. Take a friend if that makes you feel more comfortable.
But go somewhere you've never been before. Go to a Temple service or find a Mosque. There are all sorts of pagan circles, find one. A simple phone call can confirm that they welcome guests.
The important thing is to take our searching out of books and into the real world. We'll never know what works for us if we don't experience it first hand.
Or maybe you have recently tried something new -- I would love to hear about it.