I caught up with an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in years yesterday and he was quite a different man from the one I remember. He has found God and as a result, is at peace with himself. No more anxiety, fear or doubt. As you can imagine, I was keen to hear all about this remarkable transformation seeing as he was an atheist when our paths first crossed.
It all started when he did the Alpha course, which explores the Christian faith. I’d heard about it, but have never actually met anyone who has done it. He explained that he became disenchanted with the classes and quit at one point, but when he finally surrendered to God and Jesus, magical things started to happen. He was filled with bliss, peace and love. Now, I wouldn’t mind a slice of that, but apparently, there are some pretty stringent ground rules.
For a start, having Marion as my guide is not advisable as dark forces could be at work. If she is the devil in disguise then trust me, Satan has played a blinder! Also, Christians, especially the newly hatched variety, vehemently believe that the only path to God is through Jesus…the rest of us are going to hell in a hand cart.
I had hoped that I could add the best bits of Jesus to my Buddhist meditations and Sikh chanting, rather like a Now This Is Spirituality mix, but apparently you have to go the whole hog or else it’s cheating. Boo!
As I was pondering all of this, Marion sent me an e-mail which contained the sentence: ‘You, together with your infinite intelligence, is all you really need.’ That’s more my style.
In the end, my friend and I agreed to disagree and that’s what you have to do where religion is concerned – we’ve seen throughout history what happens when you don’t. I also respect him for having the courage to express his opinions knowing I could either take umbrage or assume he has lost the plot.
I believe there are many paths to God, Grace, universal energy, Shakti or whatever you want to call it. All I can do is follow my own heart and trust that in Marion’s words, it wants ‘the highest and the best’ for me. That feels right, so I’m going with it.