Wow, I just got back to this blog. Forgot I even started it, what six years ago! So much has happened. With all the new information I have exposed myself too, kinda feel like I have been “born again”! Not in the traditional “religious” perception, at least not the way, I perceive the traditional concept.
I have quite a few years behind me since my “formative” years when I was a child, went to school, etc. But in those days, life was pretty fixed or so I was taught. Energy was movement; matter was solid, and religious principles and doctrines were not to be questioned. Things were the way they were. The ABC’s, reading, writing, arithmetic, science, health, geography and history that I learned were called “facts and figures” that had been taught for generations, and were unchangeable. It never occurred to me that the history lessons I learned were biased and taught only from the perspective of the “winner of the battles”, and the self-proclaimed ruling entities. I have now learned that the same is true for science, math, health, geography, etc. I don’t know what the textbooks contain today, as I have not opened one for many many years. But I do remember that I was taught that the information contained was never questioned as to its total truth and integrity.
Religion as I was taught as a young child was of great fervor, intensity and massive components of fear injected in the sermon’s teaching that we were all sinners, and very likely bound for “hell” unless we were somehow able to repent enough, of which I never understood, and so remained fearful for many many years, and has been a very hard concept to release from my consciousness.
As I did move toward and enter young adulthood many many years ago, I did begin to question religious doctrines and tried to make some sense out of them and tried to live in a way that might prevent me from someday experiencing that awful hell destination that had been so thoroughly injected in my consciousness and so severely impacted my belief system. I moved away from the authoritative Lutheran “fire and brimstone” preaching that was my initial childhood religious experience, and into “kinder” churches, and I attended Methodist, Baptist, and other Christian churches. I was even baptized two more times (previously as an infant in the Lutheran Church). Later on in my twenties, I joined another authoritative but “progressive” church. As a member of that church we were required to study religious beliefs, religious history, etc. So I gained a fair amount of knowledge at that time about different religious in general, which, however, led me to more questions than answers. In due time, that church also became part of my personal history, and so life went on with no further relationship with an organized religion and no desire for such a relationship. I felt “spiritual” without having any idea why, but with absolutely no interest or personal need for “religion.”
Anyway, enough about that, and skipping quite a few years, over the last several years, particularly with intensity over the last seven years, I have been on a self-induced crash course of mind expansion as a result of my huge thirst and personal need for gaining as much knowledge as I could in my yearnings to understand what we are, who are we, why we are here, where did we come from, etc.
And what I have been awakening into is a vastly expanded universe filled with exciting, inspirational, and abundant information in all fields of study and experiential realms. For me, it’s been a slow process of one idea and concept building onto another, and then another, etc. I’ve been open minded, but also holding a healthy skepticism so that I’ve felt a need to receive information from a variety of sources and allow the passage of time and feeling to transcend my thoughts into acceptance of very different possibilities and a gradual evolution of my belief system.
I have not counted the number of them, but probably have read and/or listened to audiobooks of hundreds of titles, and of course, website articles, radio interviews, utube videos, and my local library have been and continue to be incredible and essential resources for exposure, contemplation, and exploration of information.
Here are a few of my favorite links to websites that I feel totally confident in sharing, as I believe the authenticity of most of their content, and are definitely sites to explore that contain tremendous amounts of information for anyone who is interested in expansion of their minds and reality.