Is there one right way to achieve spiritual clarity? Do you have to be such a well rounded Catholic or Lutheran or Jewish person who goes to the Sunday sermon every weekend? Do you have to do this to be a good person? No. What you have to be is well-rounded enough to be open-minded about religion, spirituality, and achieving higher awareness. It is important to have direction and clarity in life, but do you have to be a consistent churchgoer? No. I’m not. I typically go to weekly mass at my college during the week. It is less overwhelming and congested like it is on the weekends. There is more space between people in pews and is calmer in my opinion. This may be an Asperger related thing.
However, I think it’s also important to note other people have other methods of achieving a spiritual awareness of the universe or themselves. My method is through watching religious history documentaries, lectures on Catholic theological dogma and history, the history of the Jewish faith, documentaries on European, Middle Eastern, and American history. Also, through my writing, I think that helps me achieve oneness with a higher spiritual being. Especially, when talking about spirituality and religion. Writing, history and film, and also through discussions with professors, priests and nuns, everyday people, and friends. I have a feeling a higher power is involved in guiding those discussions. Even though we have free-will to take it in any direction we want.
So, my method is through writing about history, religion, philosophy, and theology. Watching documentaries and reading about those subjects. Finally discussing these concepts, these histories, and these dogmas, and also the teachings and writings. Additionally, visual paintings and drawings of religious scenes, biblical events, events in history, help me understand the history and give me an aesthetic sense of religion and philosophy. These are unconventional methods of achieving spiritual inclinations. Am I less Catholic or Christian? By current methods, no, because I still do my best to attend religious services during the week. I’m still consistent in studying religious texts and histories.
Most people follow the traditional methods of praying. I do not, but I am still a Catholic and Christian. I may not do everything consistent with traditional methods, but I still follow and understand, accept the deity of the Church. It is done, however, through different means. Everybody is different and we should respect that. I suspect my readers here, at least some of them, have side-methods of achieving their religious beliefs. There is no right way, the right way is your way and the way of the Churches. If people cannot be open to that, that’s unfortunate, because I think Jesus and God would be open to it.
I may have talked about this before, but not as in detail. I think we should respect and understand differences in religious perceptions. We think and study differently. We perceive and process differently, so be it. I don’t judge and neither should anybody else. My method works for me.