(This blog is on spirituality, so if it’s not your thing…)
Dr. Carol Hand has one of the most stirring blogs on spirituality I’ve ever read.
I love, love, love, the Native American approach to spirituality–they don’t dictate to each other or complete strangers what they should believe or how they should worship. They worry more about their own spiritual path than others’.
When I was growing up, my belief was that the world could only know Peace if we were all Christians–hence the reason for missionaries and witnessing to others our beliefs.
It took my taking a class on religion in college to realize that despite what you might hear in the press or religious leaders, we aren’t that far apart in our beliefs. As I’ve written about before, all religions have the eerily similar belief in treating others as you wish to be treated. This was such a powerful discovery for me–as at this time, after my divorce and the turmoil that followed, I was questioning God’s existence.
Two things happened that brought me “back”–one is a dream I’ll keep private, and the other is my daughter going through a terrible time. She made it through, although she still has “days” that I think are more related to the poison in her mouth (amalgams) than to anything else.
Anyway, Carol’s post highlights the Native American tradition of seeing women as connected directly to God by our ability to give life. I love this. The European tradition as seeing menstruation as “dirty” –something to be ashamed of, others see it as the blood that gives life to the growing baby. As I wrote that, The Red Tent popped into my head. Even though women were banished to the tent for menstruating, they had a wonderful camaraderie that is absent in our society today. (Not only that, Big Pharma has developed a Pill to stop women from menstruating for three months (or more)…someone I knew was getting married and didn’t want to have her period on her wedding day….unbelievable. God, how Big Pharma must hate women and their icky periods….)
Back on subject—
It does make sense to keep one’s visions to oneself–lest it create jealousy or judgment. Wise.
This passage was powerful and reflected my own conclusions:
When I realize that the temptation to judge and compete with others is becoming too strong to resist, I look at the context and forces around me. Often I find that it’s time for me to change course, to be honest about what is my responsibility to do, and to simplify and refocus my life on what really matters on my path. I have a responsibility to do what I can in my thoughts and actions to end and prevent harm. I have a responsibility to judge actions and their consequences, but I cannot judge or demonize others whose paths I can never know.
It is hard to resist those powerful urge to judge and compete with others…but if one truly follows the “do unto others..” it helps keep one on the right path. After all, we can only control our own actions and reactions, not those of others.
Peace to you all.