STEP TWO: Come to believe that The Divine has no religion, is greater than religion, and can heal us from our hurts.
Instruction: Test your beliefs.
Some people struggle with Step Two, because they have always connected The Divine and religion as being the same. “God” was the word that was used in my religious world, but the word we use for our Higher Power doesn’t matter. The point of Step Two is to recognize that The Divine is not Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or any other faith. The Divine gathers in all beings, because The Divine created all beings and loves all creation. If we seek healing from our religious hurts and abuses, it is essential that we recognize that The Divine has no religion and is greater than all combined religions.
This can open up a new world and a broader understanding of what The Divine is. In our small minds, we may have seen “God” as being ruler of the world and judge of all things. As a result, our view of our Higher Power is not a view that is attractive, because it is too much like who we are at our worst and not who we are at our best.
At this point, we begin to separate religion from spirituality. If we connect our Higher Power with religion, we may view The Divine as the one who inflicts our religious hurts. It is here that we need to differentiate what we know to be true in our hearts from what we have been told is true by religious organizations and religious leaders—even if those religious leaders were related to us. We do not seek to judge what we’ve been taught but to discern. The distinction is important. It is not our position to force someone to accept new beliefs, but if we test our beliefs and weigh them from a heart and head position instead of weighing them based on what someone else has taught us, we might come to understand that The Divine is greater than any religion, perhaps did not create any religion, can work with or without religion, and can, and will, heal us from our religious hurts and abuses.
Take time today to consider your religious beliefs and determine which ones make sense and which ones seem to be a stretch of the imagination. Does your world only allow for one higher being that caters only to a particular group of individuals to the exclusion of everyone else? Can you increase your perception of Higher Power by simply changing your thoughts?
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