Religion is a means to an end. Our goal is not necessarily to be religious, but to reach our final destination. I think of that final destination as going Home. Meister Eckhart said, “God is at home, it’s we who have gone out for a walk.” Everyone is on a spiritual path whether they realize it or not, and that path leads us to whatever waits for us after this mortal life. Different religions claim to know what “Home” is like, and even have elaborate descriptions. But, honestly, we won’t know until we get there.
Part of the process of going Home is to discard any baggage that would impede our progress. We strip away material things by not clinging to them. We may use them but we always understand that we own nothing (no-thing), or else we are owned by those things. We discard negative emotions that create discord and pull us away from love. Our major pursuit is love. Everything that happens along the journey has the potential to help us return to the pure love of The Divine. Even strife, discord, and fights have the potential to lead us further down the spiritual path. It all depends on how we respond to the situations that would seem to impede us, and also on how well we learn the lessons that are inherent in each encounter.
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