Spirituality; All or Nothing

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

Thomas Merton

All or nothing?
What do you think?

I understand what Thomas Merton is implying here.  Being who I am, however, I have a bit of a challenge with the all or nothing attitude.  There are always shades of grey.  I CAN say though from own experience that I do see everything as divine, I do see everything as spiritual.; so it is possible I spoke a bit too soon here.  Thomas Merton is someone I connect with on a deep level because he shared some of the same traits that I do in spiritual thought.  Along with the fact that Merton sees everything as divine as do I, there are several other examples of our similar beliefs. According to Wikipedia:
By the 1960s, he had arrived at a broadly human viewpoint, one deeply concerned about the world and issues like peace, racial tolerance, and social equality.

Another feature of Merton’s life that resonates with me is the fact that he studied other religious beliefs.  I’ve always felt that Religion and Spirituality should be one of choice.  It would appear that Merton believed this as well.

–As long as you have a spiritual faith I don’t really think it matters much what you believe.
–As long as you believe in the Divine and you live your life with respect and with love for the Divine, I believe you will find peace, you will find salvation.  Every religion feels as if they have the answer.

Why can’t that be true?
Why does one religion have the key and one doesn’t?
Why can’t all religions be right?
Why does there have to be exclusion?

Isn’t religion supposed to bring people together?  That’s what Merton seems to believe.

What do you believe?

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

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3 responses to “Spirituality; All or Nothing

  1. What do I believe? The answer just seemed to ARRIVE in my head: There’s more than one way to skin a cat. I hope this is not offensive. It certainly is not my intent.

  2. In response to the quote, I cannot agree with “all or nothing”, but the rest of what is said makes sense…
    – In my mind, the two masters are Yourself, and The Rest of the World. You can’t make everyone happy, so focus on making yourself happy.
    – The end you desire, the goal you focus on, is what you create – plain and simple.

    One can be spiritual sometimes, but not always. I find myself being that way. Sure, I can accept the Divine in all things, but I do not spend every moment of every day in a spiritual mindset. There are too many mundane things that require our attention on a regular basis. But being able to step out of the mundane, even for a brief moment, and into the spiritual/divine, is what makes us different from the rest of the ‘shee-ple’ out there.

    By the way, it’s always nice to discover someone that shares your ideals/beliefs.

  3. Religion supposed to control people and not to bring them together, unfortunately.

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