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One Strong Belief by Buster Benson
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
We are all gateways to infinite potential and are expressions of Source. We are different parts that make one whole, and each is vitally important to the other.
I don’t know that this is not shared by my closest friends and family, at least in some small way. We may describe it differently or live it to varying degrees, but I think the belief is too big not to be shared. Perhaps if I thought on this longer, I could come up with something else but in the interests of actually getting this posted today, oh well!
I was born and raised Catholic, so my first inspiration for this belief came from that particular faith. I was taught that all of humanity is the Body of Christ, and when even one part of that body is sick, the whole body suffers. That made sense to me. If I had a headache, my whole body felt worse and everything I did was affected; if one part of the world is at war, the rest of the world can’t help but be affected in some way.
Later, I started struggling with some of the teachings of the Church, like only those who have accepted Christ can go to heaven. What about people who spend their entire lives in selfless service that makes the world a better place, but happen to be non-Christian? I couldn’t really believe they were going to hell. Then I latched onto this teaching: God is love. I took that to mean that anyone who knows love, knows God. Genius insight or sinful loophole? Hmmm. . .
In college, I was introduced to Deepak Chopra through his book, “The Path to Love.” My beliefs about spirituality were expanded in new ways, and I began an exploration that has led me out of the confines of one particular religion into the vast, unlimited possibilities of existence.
I meditate just about every day, which is a focused way of “plugging in” to the Universe. I try to treat everyone with love and respect. When someone causes me discomfort in some way, from cutting me off on the freeway to saying something hurtful, I try to see how my feelings are being reflected back to me.
Thinking this way also helps me feel more at home, more fulfilled, and more inspired. I don’t worry about doing it all, because if I’m the nose I let my feet do the walking. Playing my part is enough, although I can choose to open or close my gateway and let the divine flow trickle or rush as feels right.
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Part of me wants to keep writing, but part of me is done. Maybe this is enough, maybe not, but at least it’s out there! Leave a comment (or part of a comment) if you’d like.