As far as I can determine, I’m a Jungian Taoist who might have been a Transcendentalist if I lived in the time of Emerson and Thoreau. I’m a cultural Catholic who believes in Divine Intelligence and accepts Evolution as fact.
I believe a myth is a lie that tells the truth and in the radical teachings of Jesus that say what we reap what we sow (karma) and that we should love our neighbors as ourselves.
I’m drawn to the earth-based spirituality of indigenous cultures. I resonate with the ancient Celtic druids, the poets of Ireland who kept oral history in rhyme, and the Wise Woman tradition, which holds a tenet of “first do nothing.”
Because I don’t believe we are born sinners, needing to be saved, some would call me a non-believer, but that’s not true. I believe in the mystery of the world and magical thinking that tells me that we each have a soul. I believe that goodness is our natural state and that we don’t need the fear of a wrathful God to make us good.
I believe that the Separation of Church and State is what protects our religious freedom and in the complimentary nature of science and religion. Quantum physics and religion both tell us that we are all one, that everything affects everything else, and that dimensional realities unseen by the eye do exist.
I’m not orthodox at anything. I love what is life affirming but don’t always practice what I preach. I feel ashamed by environmental degradation and threatened by national indoctrination. Religious extremism (in this country and abroad) scares me. I love the Sufism of Rumi, the Teaism of Lu Yu, and Emily Dickinson’s sign of the cross: in the name of the Bee – And of the Butterfly— And of the Breeze.
I’m not a church-goer because I generally feel bored and un-empowered in church. Although, I once went to a Quaker meeting and enjoyed the way they worship in silence, but I prefer to do it solo and ideally at sunset or under the moon. I’ve been known to light candles, have an altar and use an oracle, but I’m not Wiccan. New Age is too general. And whether it is called casting a spell, the law of attraction, or praying to God, it’s all the same by different names to me.
I know my sex, my age, my heritage, my marital status, my educational background, and what my last job was. But I don’t know how to answer the question of religion. So, what do I check when given a box that wants to box me in? How do I give name to what I believe? Why should I have to?