What do Prayers, Mantras, and Pork Chops Have in CommonI love the thought of Co-Exist! Love, peace, joy, happiness, acceptance – where fear is replaced by the spirit of genuine curiosity. Where we feel safe to explore our differences out of an interest in expanding our circles. Where we allow ourselves to be open-minded to the point of embracing said differences and seeing the beauty in all the delicious varieties, and threat is non-existent.

There are so many religions and philosophies and nearly all, if not all, claim Love as their foundation. If that is truth, why are there so many divisions and so much fear, hate and anger? Why are nations destroying nations and why is there so much senseless bloodshed?

One person prays to their God. Another simply wishes. Someone else uses mantras. Another swears by affirmations. Some choose spells. Which one is right? Which one is wrong? Why do we believe that there is a right and a wrong?

Think about houses on a block – it’s Wednesday night and here is the menu around the neighbourhood: house A has thick-cut pork chops on the grill, house B has a whole pork loin in the crock pot smothered in cream of mushroom soup, house C has shredded their chops and tossed in BBQ sauce and made sandwiches, house D has breaded and fried their pork chops and house E has used a seasoning mix and their pork chops are baking in the oven.

Five different houses, five different methods of cooking, five completely different tastes will be achieved – at the end of the day, they can all say they had pork chops for dinner! Is one right and the rest wrong? No, there is no wrong in this scenario – just a variety of yummy goodness.

So how did we get so far off track when it comes to our religions and philosophies? How is it that the very thing that should compel us to love one another unconditionally, drives us to judge, fear, and hate?

I would love to walk into a church, temple, mosque, etc. and stand alongside people of all different faiths! I’d love to have an open, honest dialog with each other with each one sharing what works for them! Sharing what moves them towards their best life? Sharing what motivates them to live the way they live? I’d relish the opportunity to pray with, meditate with, create a spell with, wish and dream with each other! It would be a beautiful experience to light candles together, raise our hands together, learn together, laugh together and most importantly, love together!

I’m a mom. I have three children. Each one is very different. As their mom, I learned to communicate with them according to their individual personalities. It never occurred to me to think one of them is right in their method of communicating with me and the other two are wrong! That way of thinking feels absurd! I love how different they are – they are beautiful, unique and amazing! It doesn’t frustrate me that I communicate differently with them. It doesn’t make me love one more than the other. I am happy to have the gift of their uniqueness! Isn’t it possible that God/Source/Allah/Goddess/Universe would be just as amazed with our uniqueness?

Do you think so little of your God/Source/Allah/Goddess/Universe, that you can’t see It/Him/Her having the capacity for the truest, purest form of unconditional love and acceptance?

I’m not suggesting that anyone run out and give up their current belief system. I am suggesting that we all make the time to examine our current belief system. First of all, what do I believe? Not what am I expected to believe or what was I raised as – what do I believe? Second, why do I believe what I believe? Is it because I was told to believe a certain way or certain things? Is it because I think it is expected of me to believe this way or that way? Third, what is at the core of my said belief system? Do I really know the foundation of my beliefs?

Once we answer these basic questions, we can begin to explore the fear we feel when someone believes differently. As we move past the fear, we can begin to open our hearts and minds to learning about our differences. Then we can look at allowing ourselves to appreciate our differences. Maybe then we could actually move into accepting our differences without prejudice or fear or judgment? Love would then be right around the corner.

As I said in the beginning, I love the thought of Co-Exist! Love, peace, joy, happiness, acceptance – where fear is replaced by the spirit of genuine curiosity. Where we feel safe to explore our differences out of an interest in expanding our circles. Where we allow ourselves to be open-minded to the point of embracing said differences and seeing the beauty in all the delicious varieties and threat is non-existent.

It has been said that we should be the change we want to see in the world, anyone care to join me? Have a phenomenal day! Namaste.

Kim,

Daily Zen.

Author Bio – I love to write and encourage people to move towards their best life! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LawofAttraction365.net. My website is in process at LawofAttraction365.com. I am happy to interact with any who grant me the privilege of a follow, like, pin, tweet, comment, etc.

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