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What religion do you follow? March 28, 2008

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One of our customers sent an interesting email the other day – they asked what religion did I follow?

I wasn’t sure if they meant me myself or everyone at the Enchanted Gift Shop, but anyway, I thought I would put an answer up on the blog about what religion I believe in…

The short answer is none. Nope, I don’t follow or believe in any ‘one’ particular religion.

Pagan Wiccan SymbolIslamic SymbolCeltic SymbolChristian Symbol

But what I do believe in is some part of all religions — I’m not an Atheist that’s for sure, I’m also not a Pagan, Celtic, Christian, Muslim or in-fact any other.

I have always been around people who did follow a particular religion, and have always questioned their beliefs and asked them what they were based on etc … and over time I have come to my own beliefs based partially on these answers but mainly on my own experiences.

And for me that is what I believe we must all do throughout life, question what others tell us, experience things for ourselves, and then make our own minds up about things — not just in religion, but in every aspect of our lives.

So, I don’t follow any particular religion, but I do have certain beliefs that I try to stick to them where ever possible, some of which include…

Treating other people as I would want them to treat me:

Hand Shake of Love

Now this is a basic premise of a-lot of religions for sure, and even if your not religious you probably believe this anyway … but for me no matter who or what you are, be it human or animal, in your heart you are an honest, loving being … it’s only the circumstances that you find yourself in, or have put yourself in that turn you other wise.

Every single being on this planet begins life as an honest and loving being … it’s the life that they then lead that changes this or enhances this — but I firmly believe that no matter what circumstances you find yourself in you should always treat everyone exactly how you would like to be treated.

If you enjoy pain and hurt then fine treat everyone like that, but you’ll soon find that you won’t have many people around you to treat this way — but if you enjoy being honest and loving, then you will soon find that you have alot more loving and honest people around you too.

OK, onto another of my beliefs…

Treating your land-base with respect:

Heart World

Now, by land-base I mean environment, the land you live on, the water you drink, the animals you live with, the air you breath … you get the idea.

As a basic premise of anything in our lives, I firmly believe that we should respect the world we live on and in – live sustainably, live ethically, live honestly — how can we expect to have a long and enjoyable life, and family for generations after we have gone if we treat the world we live on with disrespect?

Now we probably all know what I am getting at here — at no other point in our human history (that I am aware of) have we been so disrespectful to the world we live on as we do right now at this point in time.

How can we expect our world to sustain our current way of life, when our entire civilization is built on being the most powerful beings on the planet and letting every other being on the planet and the planet itself know it too!

Sure the planet and the beings on it fight back sometimes, but our civilization continues on a destructive path — for what purpose though? Why do we have to have more of this or that, why do we have to destroy everything we come across, to the point that there is nothing left to destroy and we end up destroying ourselves?

As we should all know or can easily find out in to-days world, there really is no need for our civilization to continue as it is … our civilization needs to end, and end now.

We need to come up with a new way of living, a new way of treating this world and all it’s inhabitants – and there are people out there trying to do this … everyone of them (including me) tries to do it in their own way .. and no one way is right 100%, but as-long as we are respecting the world and it’s inhabitants whilst we are trying to change, then we should be ok.

Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent here, heh!

Getting back to what I was talking about… my beliefs.

Yin Yang

Basically all my beliefs revolve around my land-base, the world I live in, so anything I do I try to ensure it doesn’t effect negatively on the world around me, for sure there is a percentage of the time that I cannot but do something that harms my world, but the idea is that I am constantly working towards not doing this … maybe I will get there in my life time, maybe I won’t, but the hope is what I do now, others will learn from and continue what I do … as there are many people doing right now – all learning from each other, and trying to create a better world.

So to end with, I don’t believe in any one religion, in-fact I think religion as it is portrayed in today’s world, is just another way of our dominating culture destroying the world, but that post is for another day.

You get what you throw out onto the world thrown back at you twice as hard, so why not throw love and honesty out and see what happens?!

xx

Christina & Mike

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