Why I Don’t Follow Any Religion But Try To Learn From All Of Them Instead

Today, while I was reading “From medication to meditation” by Osho, I found an idea that resonates a lot with what I think about Religion. I never went to church, so I barely know about Jesus and what the Bible says. I was baptised when I was a baby, but my family doesn’t practise and certainly doesn’t preach any Christian teachings. Thus, I grew up without Religion in my life and I think this is an important piece of information for what I’m about to write in this blogpost.

A good couple of years back, the following thought crossed my mind: the sudden disconnection from Religion is the main reason why people feel so lost these days. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but I was far from my twenties. I don’t know where did that thought come from either, but I felt it as a truthful statement. At that time I didn’t feel the need to search for any sort of religious information or connection. As far as I can tell, I was an atheist, and the fact that I went further and further away from humanistic sciences only strengthened that reality. Here is a side note: Psychology is categorised as a social science (e.g. rather than a humanistic science (e.g. Philosophy, History, Art). Maybe that’s where the problem with Psychology resides – we took the human aspect out of it in the name of scientific objectivity.

My interest in Religion was rekindled much later, probably when I started doing research on Mindfulness. I had the understanding that I had a closer connection with life’s aesthetics and philosophical thinking than most people around me, but I never saw such thing as part of Spirituality or Religion. Both these concepts were strange and completely unfamiliar to me. I honestly thought I was probably just crazy and that I had what people would call a “poet’s soul”. This poetic nature brought me a lot of problems though because it involved being extremely sensitive and artsy which at that time was basically a free-pass to being labelled as “weird”. So I did try to repress this nature, especially when I got further and further into my academic life. I already talked a little bit about this on my previous post.

My research on Mindfulness and profound attraction for uncomfortable questions led me to learn about Buddhism. I studied the work of some ancient and contemporanean monks and I read about different approaches within Buddhism. I grew fond of Buddhism and its ideas about the mind, the human suffering, and the pathway to enlightenment. Yet I never felt like saying “I’m Buddhist”. One day, I had plenty of time and I visited the Gatwick’s Airport chapel. The room was empty and that was a relief. I sat down and I closed my eyes. After a while, a man, a priest I suppose, materialised himself in the room and he asked what Religion did I follow. I answered I was into Buddhism to what he stated “So you’re a Buddhist”. I couldn’t tell him yes. I was interested in Buddhism, I still am, but I can’t claim I’m a Buddhist, so all I could reply was “Well, sort of… not exactly”.

That man in the room judged my religious uncertainty and he even mocked my words. I don’t know what was his Religion and I don’t think I asked him. Knowing someone’s Religion is not something I need to know. I like to think I respect anyone’s religious beliefs as long as they offer me the same comprehension. What I don’t respect though is the lack of sensitivity and how religious people tend to quickly judge others who are still searching or who have no particular religious attachment. I have always thought that people with this kind of behaviour don’t really understand what they usually preach and are taught in the church. They hear the teachings but they don’t fully grasp their meaning.

Osho says, and I agree with, that when people attach themselves to a religious label they automatically reduce reality to a puddle. However, it’s worse than that. Reducing religious experience to a single label (e.g. Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism) is to reduce our multidimensional human experience to one single layer of existence. In other words, when we blindly attach ourselves to a religion, we close ourselves to the possibility of understanding humankind and a great variety of divine teachings from around the world. If you are a Christian, you will probably miss the perspective of Buddha, and vice-versa.

In order to stay open and receptive, I choose not to attach myself to only one Religion. Plus, I see meaning and truth in all of them and I came to grow the idea within me that there is indeed only one God. God has, however, many faces: Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, Allah… each one of these avatars brought us a set of lessons. How can I elect only one teacher to learn from? I love learning and I want to learn from all of them and all of you. And if you’re asking yourself how did an atheist started believing in God, you can find some clues in a post I wrote some weeks ago about Psi-Phenomena.

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10 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Follow Any Religion But Try To Learn From All Of Them Instead

    1. Hi Mark – yes! If only more of us could see that and maybe the world would be more peaceful. I have my concerns about stoicism but it’s probably more of an incompatibility with some other philosophies inside my heart hehe! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely visit you! 🌎

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  1. Really interesting read! I like your openness to learning from all religions, I think that’s great!

    It’s something I’ve never really considered as I’m not religious myself but the idea that we can take something from their teachings even if we’re not religious is a good idea.

    My brother recently started living in a monastery and learning about Buddhism, he’s writing a blog and a book about it which you might find interesting: https://future-nomad.com x

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    1. Thanks Hannah! I’m a bit of a learning geek to be honest 🤦🏻‍♀️ haha 😄

      What a brave brother you have, I will definitely check out his blog. I have this weird idea at the back of my mind to just go too, but I wouldn’t be fit for the monastery life for a looong time 😄 Excited to go learning from your brother’s posts! Thanks! xx

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      1. Same here! I love learning about new stuff that I hadn’t even considered being an interest before.

        Ah amazing! Thank you 🙂 he will appreciate that. It sounds like an amazing change but a lot of hard work too. It definitely seems like it’s paying off for him though. Perhaps you could try a retreat one day!? 🙂 x

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      2. That’s very true, that’s why I don’t know if I could do it in the long run. I think it’s something to be done by someone who really has a strong internal motivation behind the mere curiosity of learning, like a deep connection to the practises, teachings and way to approach life. I haven’t had a chance to read any posts yet, but it’s on my top blogs to read asap ♥️ A retreat would be great, if I have the resources I might go first to Plum Village in France after I finish my never ending story thesis 😕 xx

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      3. I think your approach to trying to learn and take the positive lessons from different religions and way of life is a great way to go about it though. I don’t think you have to always throw yourself ‘all in’ to something to see some real benefits in your life! In the end it’s whatever you want to make of it 🙂 that sounds lovely – and a good reward! Xx

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  2. What a fantastic post! I was raised Catholic and went to church every Sunday all my childhood. I’ve grown very distant from religion in my adult life though. I personally respect everybody’s right to their own religion and I’m so disappointed at those that shove their own religion down other people’s throat. I feel they are so hypocritical. My mother is the type of woman to go to church everyday! Literally, everyday! She wakes up at 5 am and goes to a 30 min mass everyday then regular mass on Sundays. She’s the most religious person I know and the most understanding as well. She opens the chance to go to other religious gatherings and openly encourages others to do the same in order to educate themselves. I rather understand other religions than be ignorant and judgemental.

    Thank you for a great post!

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    1. Thanks lovely! Catholics around here are pretty conservative and many of them do what you said – they literally shove their own religion down people’s throats. The worse in my opinion is also what you mentioned – hypocrisy. Outside the church they don’t behave and they don’t see to reason about what they listen in there. Your mom sounds awesome, I’m happy she’s like that. I don’t think the problem is in the Religion but in men-kind instead. Thank you for sharing your view, I really appreciate it and learn a lot! ♥️

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