It’s Easter Sunday today, and since my children are grown, my grandchildren are far away, and I am not religious, it’s just another Sunday for me. However, having been raised in the Christian tradition, or more specifically, the Catholic tradition, I can’t help but think about what I am not celebrating. I do not embrace Christianity or any other specific religion. On the other hand, I don’t fully embrace atheism, either. While I do not believe in an omnipotent god who created, controls, or interacts in the affairs of the material world, I do believe in individual and collective spiritual reality. I also believe in good and evil and that both are present in the world and engaged in ongoing battles. I hold many beliefs, yet do not have nor feel the need for a “belief system.” I think that once you put a name to something, it is definable and limited. My beliefs are constantly changing and growing as I live and learn.
So now that we’ve examined the tip of my personal philosophy iceberg, back to Easter! In addition to its religious traditions, it also signifies spring! A rebirth, growing, green, blooming! And, unfettered sugar! So, today I give myself permission to eat as many as I wish of the jelly beans given to me by my lovely sister who knows I love them and to anticipate the caramel dark chocolate bar given by my other loving sister. Both of these people embrace all aspects of the holiday, and I thank them for sharing the sugar side with me.
This is a subject very close to my heart and I feel we must be kindred souls. What you say is exactly my philosophy as well, although I do have a fondness for the idea of a female “face of god” and pray to her. I am adamantly turned off to organized religion of any brand and believe there are many many “faces” for a Greater Spirit. Also that we should all be free to pray to that from which we gain a sense of peace and comfort in the face of the world’s dangers and our fears of death. It is a very personal thing for me and I particularly bristle at the “rules” set out by any organized religion or interpretation of written material purported to “come from God” but is only some human’s personal interpretation. You might enjoy seeing my newly published novel: The Raven Watched. It addresses this subject among others. Check it out on my Blog: https://kweisssite.wordpress.com/
I love jelly beans especially the black ones. My grand children are far away to and so are my sisters. So yup just another day and I feel a kindred spirit with you on the religion thing.
Thanks for “hearing” me, Donna!