Beliefs and Branches

All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree.

 ~ Albert Einstein

I am fortunate that I get to meet people from all over the world here in Cancun, Mexico, beautiful and gracious people. Many friends come from where I call home in Texas too. Conversations around me center a large majority of the time in spirituality, I love it! One of my favorite topics!

Once a week I get to speak with the “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” I know some  folks avoid or run from them, not me. I actually like a lot of their beliefs and their hearts are beautiful! Did you know you don’t have to worry about the Witnesses talking about politics,  it’s not something they are concerned with. I would much rather talk about God than politics.

 When I was a child we went through a period of being “Jehovah’s Witnesses” as my Dad’s side of the family studied this. We later went to the Baptist Church, I liked partying, smoking, wearing shorts and not dresses, dancing, you get the idea so that didn’t fit much into my lifestyle, in fact I felt a lot of guilt and shame and rebelled against it. I then decided to be Catholic but by this time I had a divorce under my belt so was not able to be fully commited there unless I wanted to get an annulment that would probably take longer than the marriage. I tried a few other religions only to discover my path to a Unity Church, all inclusive, I didn’t have to do anything to be a member, what a gift!!!

Please understand I am not against religion, I am grateful for the structure it provides, sometimes we may need that identity. At this time in my life I don’t really like labels, I identify as a soul. I am studying a lot about physics and spirituality. I have studied some of the Tao, Shintoism, Buddhism, Judaism, Paganism, Hinduism, Catholicism, am currently studying Rosicrucianism. I have studied many “ism’s” and know a little about a lot of them, ha! I like to explore, I have experienced, baptism’s, Indian sweats, Kirtan”s and I am still human having human flaws and grace. I am not arrogant enough to think that this Supreme Being, Infinite Intelligence, Cosmic Consciousness, God does not meet us where we are at. I am grateful to have something powerful to believe in and not have to fear others won’t find their way to their soul, which to me is that part of consciousness of the names I listed a second ago, who or what we call “our branch.”

God or your soul is not outside of you but it is ~ it is in everything and everybody. I love polarities, I identify with the ancient belief system of Heraclitus, who believed in perpetual change and the eternal “becoming.”  Heraclitus saw opposites as “Unity.”  Humans often times want to believe it is either or on theories but it is really neither or both. They look for the differences and not the similarities.  We are all subject to perpetual change. Everyone “out there” is an extension of us in here, this is what I think that all the great WayShowers tried to teach us no matter who you believe in.

The Spirit part of us is the believing and the human part of us is the doing. In my studies it has been brought to question “where is the soul?” Is it in the solarplex? Possibly but honestly I don’t know, however, I like to imagine it there. I like to study chakras and have mine balanced as if ANY one of them is too far in a positive or negative direction that can affect my “calmfidence.”   In the study of chakras, the bottom chakra is around your tail bone and is for grounding (being close to the earth, Mother Earth), The next one above your pelvis is connected to relationships, the next one is your solarplex, which is often times identified with the Ego, it’s capitalized because there are a lot of thoughts about the Ego, some talk about the Ego like it is the “Devil” itself, I don’t believe that anymore, I have though, the Ego is what gives us our drive to survive and if it is in my body it must be Divine as “I am” part of the Divine. If the soul were in the solarplex I could totally believe it because I think that when something does not feel good or resonate with us we get a stomach issue. Now as we go farther up we get to the heart chakra, how beautiful is it if the soul sat between the human action part and between our heart, wouldn’t that be love in action? The next chakra is the throat chakra and that is our truth chakra, the truth we speak or think of ourselves, this world and others. The next one is right in the center above our eyes (pineal and pituitary glands) and it is our “third eye” intuition. Then the next is our spirit chakra, I believe we allow source to enter here.

 It has been said that the Sun is called Ra, God and also called Sol where I am, hmmm, anyway. God is light, I totally resonate with this, the Moon, Luna is light as well and is associated with the feminine. When I was growing up in the Baptist Church, Christian faith, they told me that we were in the image and likeness of God but always called God “he,” or “him.” I was taught not to question things but to have faith. In my adult life I thought it was ignorant that we could not question things. In recovery as I was growing my relationship with my Higher Power I developed one that liked my seeking a better, higher relationship with let’s call it the Divine. I started looking at the feminine, like me, Mother Mary and etc,. We are all light! The Sun, the Moon are faithful like my God, not masculine, not feminine but both. The Sun and the Moon rise every day and night, they are with us, when they do not rise we are in f’ing trouble!!! That is my relationship with God, always present whether I see or not, unlimited and illuminated, shining as our souls do based on where we put our attention.

I dare to shine! So I am asked by different people what I believe, the different people from all walks, I am blessed because I think they think I am a part of though I bear no title or label, I love them and honor their passion. Their God doesn’t scare my God as we are all branches of the same tree. When I told a friend I was writing this and shared it with her, though I hadn’t studied Einstein but gave shared some if his quotes I did go and check him out, ha! I of course found another quote and could understand where she would find the similarity. I am grateful to be in a world where we can choose to find the differences or the similarities.

Thanks for reading! I hope it helps someone else on their path if they are struggling J

My last Einsten quote on this topic from “ The Mind of God”

I am not an atheist and I don’t think I call myself a pantheist. We are all in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages… The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That seems to me the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.

Stacey Reineck

October 28, 2019

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