and what IS the plan?

What religion a man holds, to what race he belongs, these things are not important; the really important thing is this knowledge: the knowledge of God’s plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution.  –

 – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Year ago, I walked away from organized religion. I found its contradictions, admonitions and judgments irreconcilable to the truth I felt deep within and the questions that had been in my heart for most of my life. The time space between walking away and then learning about what living was really all about was fraught with many challenges, as life can always offer us. Meeting my emotions without as much self judgment and fear was an eye opening experience. As more and more perspectives, information and options came into my awareness and experience, I started to create my own patchwork of beliefs. These provided useful and realistic “containers” within which to hold my experiences so that I could truly begin to embrace what I’m really up to in this life of mine.

Along the way, I found many authors, teachers, coaches, healers, to name only a few resources. I’ve read so many books, blogs, quotes, email messages, etc. And like everything else in our human experience, my beliefs and feelings about them continue to evolve.

I found that a lot of my understanding of what I was learning in organized religion seemed dependent upon an experience of passivity in beliefs about our life experiences. “God has a plan,” is what I heard. “Maybe this is a part of God’s plan for you.” As if I am to be the punching bag of life and to relax in the knowing that my “reward” was in “heaven”. When I hear intelligent adults speak these words today, I reflect on how these words used to make me feel. We all experience life through the lens of our beliefs – regardless of what we have heard, learned, read or been exposed to. I’m quite sure there are quite a few walking the planet today who are quite comfortable with allowing life to have its way and surrendering to the idea that “Maybe it’s God’s plan” without giving any additional thought or reflection to the experience, or what may have been underlying it in the first place.

“Controlling people try to control people, and they do the same with God—but loving anything always means a certain giving up of control. You tend to create a God who is just like you—whereas it was supposed to be the other way around.”
Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe

To be sure, in the early days. I didn’t’t encounter anyone who dared offer another way of looking at life…or another lens through which to look at life experience in order to, at a minimum, consider what was at the core or the cause of the outcome or the experience. In fact, I recall with great clarity a question that I seemed to always ask myself about why certain things happened when I was such a good person –  honest, caring, generous, etc.

It is not easy to release an old belief that really doesn’t work for you. And embracing something that is new and seemingly “out there” is harder still.

Thought is cause, experience is effect. If you don’t like the effects in your life, you have to
change the nature of your thinking.
– Marianne Williamson

And who knew how powerful our thoughts (borne of our beliefs) really are? I certainly didn’t.

It has taken me some time to expand my beliefs and to embrace a bigger knowing about the universal energy that many refer to as God, Spirit, Universe and so on. What doing so has provided is a pathway to peace – within. By embracing what I now know is the intention of my soul in this lifetime, I see past traumas, and joyful moments as very much a part of it all. I know that our intentions, our words and actions, return to us. Love and fear are returned.

“For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution.” We have a choice to be active participants in our evolution, or to be dragged, suffering as more and more of the planet moves on – by releasing the old beliefs, and claiming responsibility for choices – cause and effect.

8 thoughts on “and what IS the plan?

  • Love (insert your name); and the 2nd is like it, Love your neighbor as you love yourself. That’s my belief.
    I’ve walked away from religion twice in my adult lifetime. As much as I enjoyed the fellowship, the notion of miracles happening that don’t happen anymore, the world suffering and the visualization of the 2nd Coming, didn’t take.

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    • Tony, I agree with you. I’m reminded of a quote by Albert Einstein, which is, in part, what I believe. “There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle. The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

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  • I think we’ve been through a similar evolution in terms of our spiritual journey, Carrie, although I’m pretty sure I’m somewhat behind you in discovering it’s a pathway to peace. I realized just yesterday that I’m just arriving at that point, having worked my way through beliefs from the past and released what isn’t pertinent to me or needed anymore.

    The quote from Richard Rohr reminded me of something I read yesterday: “The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of what they need saving from is the idea that God sees the world the same way they do.” ― Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

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    • Robin, what a great quote! I consider my journey to be one of awakening from the sleep imposed by the controlling beliefs of others, to embracing what is real for me. I finally saw the truth of who I am rather than suffering in the seemingly irreconcilable narratives of the particular religious community I was raised in.

      Peace and freedom are indeed possible when we find our own way to letting go of those beliefs that make so sense deep within us.

      The other layer of learning for me has included accepting that different people perceive their religious training and beliefs differently than perhaps I did and do. Many of us have walked a similar path to yours and mine. The awakening continues. It is a process…most definitely.

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