Opening one’s mind is a life long experience. I’m not talking about opening your mind to drugs and all that stereotypical crap. I’m talking about daring to accept or be open to the customs or practices of things that you have known. For example, I was born a Mormon. I was Mormon until about the age of 10 or so. My parents got divorced and I failed to see the purpose of going to church since my mother and both my sister weren’t going anymore either. Besides I wasn’t hip on the beliefs of Mormonism anyway. For several years after, I was extremely confused about my belief in religion, God, and everything related. I finally came to the realization that the single set of beliefs I was raised to understand were just one of many out there.
Mormonism fits into the category of Christianity. At one point I thought that anything within the title of Christianity was okay, but anything outside of that was kinda messed up. Recently I have come to the conclusion that there were belief structures out there that were just a "true" as Christianity. One day I was sitting in my Astronomy class and my teacher used the word "Pantheist" and he vaguely described what it meant in context to what he was saying. The word struck a tune with me and I wanted to find out more about it. I went home and looked up the word. The exact definition of the word Pantheist from the Marriam-Webster dictionary is,
"Main Entry: pan·the·ism
Etymology: French panthéisme, from panthéiste pantheist, from English pantheist, from pan- + Greek theos God
1 : a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe
2 : the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently; also : toleration of worship of all gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire)
- pan·the·ist /-thE-ist/ noun"
I think that word describes my philosophy the best. I believe that God is something that can’t be categorized or be confined to single definition, and in thinking that I can’t say that one religion best describes God.
A friend of mine once told me his idea of religion in relation to God. The basic concept was that God was bright shining white light and religions are that light passing through a prism coming out as different colors. However all of those colors are from the same light. It's a just a different was of looking at something that is pretty much the same. In my pursuit of knowledge and an understanding of what I believe, I have opened my mind to many practices and religions. I researched everything from Buddhism to Wicca. I like to use bits and pieces of everything I have learned to enrich my life and help others. When I take those bits and pieces from all those beliefs, I finally get a sense of who I am and what I believe. I want to know who out there thinks the same way I do. I want to know how you came to your own realization and I want to know whether or not you are happier for it. I want to know what you think of people who limit themselves to a certain belief and can't accept the fact that there are others out there that are just as correct. Tell me what you all have to say I am dying to know.