Last nite, over enchiladas and tacos, I had a discussion with a self-proclaimed atheist about spirituality. I am a self-proclaimed Gestaltist, or Holist. As you can imagine, we butted heads over many conditions.
To the Atheist, everything results in nothing. To me, there is something to be had from everything. The Atheist said he didn’t believe in spirituality. I said I have a strong base in spirituality, but that my spirituality is nothing like anyone else’s on this planet.
I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and greater insight. I look for the deeper meaning in everything, There is no study, faith, belief that is without something to be taken from it. And yet, one cannot be fully understood without the understanding of the context of another. Whether it be religion, new age practices, science or occult, there is something I take from each, to better find personal veracity. My ultimate goal is to find absolute enlightenment- the deeper truth and meaning in life. I am a student of everything that comes across my path. In that sense, I am a true Sagittarius.
We both agree that spirituality is not the same as religiosity. There is a distinct difference, and I do not believe that organized religion is the way to find your higher power. In fact, while I believe in the possibility of a higher power, if we as humans believe that we could ever come close to understanding what that higher power is, we are truly ignorant.
That being said, I am perfectly content with the alternate possibility that when I die, that may be it- I am simply dead, and no more. No heaven, no nothing; just dead and gone.
Paradoxically, the Atheist and I both want to be cremated, but for very different reasons. The Atheist for irony; me, for continuing the cycles of life.
My larger point to all this is that the Atheist and I are not all together that different in our individual beliefs. While we butted heads, we also saw eye to eye on others, even if for intrinsically different reasons.
All I ask of the Atheist (and any other persons for that matter) is that he not rebuke me for my beliefs, as I would never rebuke him for his… although I may question them. As far as I am concerned about my beliefs, all questions are welcome. It will only bring you closer to your own personal truth- whatever that may be.