Sometimes when I talk to friends we get to the topic of religion and our beliefs. During those conversations I always get reminded that what I believe in isn't that common, and it doesn't really have a name. But that inspired me to make this blog post, because maybe there are people out there with the same beliefs! So let's get started.
I was raised a Christian by my mother. She's a Christian, my grandparents are, and my dad was raised one too. I grew up in a very religious town, and I went to a Christian primary school. But I noticed that I never really believed in any of the things I was taught. It was just hard for me to think of those things as the truth. Luckily as I grew older I was allowed more freedom in regards of religion. I didn't have to go to church anymore and my mom had stopped reading from the bible after dinner. She accepted that it probably wasn't my religion, and she let me free to discover what suited me. I never really thought about what I believe in until about two years ago, when I realised that my problem is that I don't believe in the presence of a god, but I do believe there is something out there. I did research on many religions, and I found that Buddhism suited my beliefs, except for the fact that there is a god. So my search continued.
After a while I discovered pantheism, which basically means that everything is god. Now that I didn't believe in, but I did believe the second definition of pantheism, which is that the universe is god. Not like a literal god, but it is the higher authority out there. Pantheism really seemed to suit me, except for the single fact that they don't believe in the supernatural. So I was back to square one. I personally think that pantheism suits me the most, but I just give it my own personal twist.
My views on...
To me the universe is my god. Though I don't view it as a god. It's more like a higher being. I don't pray to the universe, but I do sometimes talk to it like you would to a god. Other than that I honour the earth. If you want to compare it to Christianity the universe is God and the earth is Jesus.
I believe that when you die your soul returns to either the earth or the universe. I guess it just depends on where your soul would feel more at home. I do believe in ghosts, but in my opinion ghosts are either souls that refuse to let go of the human life, or they are souls that occasionally go back to earth to check on things. I believe that once a soul returns to the earth or the universe it won't be trapped there. It can still come back, but it can't really do anything here. I suppose that evil spirits are the former case, and good-natured spirits are the latter.
Pantheism is a religion that goes very well with science. Which is also why it doesn't get along with the supernatural. In my opinion most things can be explained with science. I do believe in a lot of scientific things, though I believe there are also some things that cannot be explained. I also believe that science is a good thing, but that we should be careful when it comes to messing with nature (such as genes).
I believe there are things that cannot be explained. I do believe in ghosts, and I think there might be a possibility fairies exist, but there are also supernatural things I do not believe in, such as vampires and werewolves (though I do find them awesome). In my opinion angels are simply very kind ghosts, and demons are evil ghosts. Though I'm also not sure about their existence either. I believe in a lot of things unless there is enough proof that it doesn't exist. I'm very open minded, but I'm also down to earth enough to acknowledge that some things just are impossible.
I think I've created my own version of karma. I believe that everything you do will influence your life. If you are mean to everyone bad things will happen to you. If you are kind good things will happen to you. But I also believe there should be a balance. When something good happens to me I know I will have to pay for it later. The universe gives and takes, so if something good happens, something bad will happen too eventually. But that also works the other way around, which keeps me positive during rough times. Sometimes when I really want something to happen I just ask the universe for a favour. Often I get my wish granted, but when I don't I try to respect the universe decision, knowing that it was either for the best or to make up for the good things that happened before. This doesn't mean that I think that everything that happens is the universe's decision. For example if a family member gets cancer I know that it's not the universe's doing. It's just something that unfortunately happens to some people.
How to treat life on earth:
In my opinion everything on this earth deserves to be here. Because I honour the earth I try to respect it as much as possible. I try not to hurt any flora and it saddens me to see nature being destroyed. I often take a moment to appreciate the earth and I realise how lucky I am to be alive. Sometimes when I'm a little down that's hard to do, but then I just go out for a walk in the park or the woods to get close to nature again, which really helps.
Animals deserve to be here too, but I'm not a vegetarian/vegan. I do think I should be, but at the moment it's very hard to do so as my flatmates cook for me too. But at the same time I don't feel too guilty about it, as we have sort of evolved this way, if that makes sense. In human history we have always been eating meat, and since the universe didn't stop that I don't believe it would mind if I eat meat. As long as I treat the animals I directly have contact with the right way it's alright. The universe lets us free to live our life the way we want to, though it would appreciate it if we treated the earth with care. I guess I try to make up for eating meat by treating nature with care and respect, as that is something not everyone does. (The twig in the picture above was already on the ground, I did not break it from the bush.)
How to treat each other:
I strongly believe that we should treat each other with kindness and respect. We all deserve to be here on this earth, and if the universe lets us free to live our life the way we want, we should do that to others too. I try very hard not to speak ill of others. And when I do I never do it directly to someone's face unless they ask me to do so. This doesn't mean that if I don't like someone I pretend I do. I just leave them be and try not to pay too much attention to them. I also try not to respond to negativity. If someone insults me I ignore it instead of insulting them too. I think that if you do respond with the same negativity you'll only feel worse. On top of that, you'll confirm the other's negativity, which also isn't good. I always try to respect people with other beliefs and opinions than me, unless their opinion is harmful to someone else (for example, homophobia). My best friend is a Christian, and my other friend is Muslim, and I actually am very interested in the way they view things. I respect their religions and I always try to understand the way they view things. In my opinion you don't need to understand or agree with someone else or what they say or do to just respect them as a human being. If you don't agree with them, either tell them politely so or just leave it be. But don't bash someone for it.
I think that is pretty much all I believe in. I tried to explain it the best I could, but some things are just things I feel and cannot explain very well.
What kind of things do you believe in? Let me know in the comments!