Monday, August 8, 2011

Disorganized Religion

"Open Cathedral" by Yossi Lopez-Hineynu
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It seems that the Holy Spirit has led me to practice disorganized religion~right where I am in the messiness of life. When things are too orderly, it makes me twitch in that it gets in the way of walking the Way all too often. Religion in general and religious traditions in particular, often get full of themselves, full of hubris, as if it's all about them. Funny, if one looks around with eyes wide open, it can be seen that the Divine, That Which Is, weaves a tapestry with threads of many colors, not just one.

People who fail to understand this, or choose not to, often label those us who do, and who dance interspiritually, as being syncretists. Nothing could be farther from the truth. For whatever reason, some, albeit very few, people can walk the fine line, diving to the essential, and surfacing, without harming the integrity of any one tradition. Lessons can be learned deeply and integrated into a whole, especially when it's rooted in the Beloved.

This way of being doesn't have to deny the Incarnation necessarily, though as I keep saying, doctrine serves as a springboard into Mysterious waters, not an end in itself. A point comes where one simply must keep silent. And it is there, in that state, that one encounters others who perhaps hear a different harmony to the Melody of Melodies. On the surface they may be Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sufi, but here, they are One.

One of the reasons Jesus draws me continually is that he lived his earthly life as a Jew, and it is there that I meet him, and it allows me to glimpse his ministry through Jewish eyes, wiping away the layers of interpretation put on it. When seeing how profoundly radical his message is, it challenges me to walk the Way.

But is Jesus the Incarnate God? Probably, but this begs the question. When encountering him and the transformation he can have on your life, you will have the answer, but what's most important, is that God is both the journey and the destination. We stand within God's Reign, That Which Is, all the time, right NOW. So do Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and the like within their own traditions and no tradition is relativized because of it...

So, what may seem disorganized to others, has its own distinct pattern in this contemplative's life, though it's difficult to put into words. It simply IS...

2 comments:

Joseph Schultz said...

I like this post very much. Last week I signed on to help start an Interfaith Associates Resource Group at work. We can see God everywhere when we stop inisting on telling him what he looks like. And I would never call you a syncretist because I don't know what that means.

Yossi said...

Well said, my friend.

Syncretism is a fusion of beliefs, which of course is external/esoteric and not at the level of deep Oneness...