A brief overview of my spirituality, lifted from a Facebook post (or two).
I'm a Unitarian Universalist. That's the church I go to and best
symbolizes what I'm teaching my kids. Spiritually, I'm a radical
polytheist with humanist tendencies.
believe in an infinite number of deities with an infinite number of
forms and an infinite number of names. Do you want a deity that responds
to the name "God" that hates pinball but loves trashy romance novels? I
believe such a deity exists. Do you want one that hates all the same
people you hate? That one's easy, too. (I caught an episode of "Toddlers
and Tiaras" where a woman basically said she prayed until she found a
God who wanted her toddler to compete. I totally believe such deities
exist.) Who do you talk to when you pray? You talk to the deity that you
know most clearly. A person full of rage will find plenty of deities
full of rage, and plenty of those willing to be the deity they're
a very core level, I don't believe humans are unique. This means, it
isn't just humans that have spirits and deities, it is everything. The
interaction between things in the form of systems and relationships also
have spirits and deities. Perhaps that's the ecology of a small
isolated valley. Perhaps that's your own circulatory system. Everything
has a soul and deities from your individual cells through the complex
interactions of your clan interacting with the environment or other
clans. Of note, this means I believe that all spermatozoa and ova have
individual souls (and deities) well before fertilization. I'm still
pro-choice, however, because none of this is unique or special in any
way. The individual grains of rice that go in to Rice Krispies have
souls, too, just as Rice Krispie squares have souls. Do they cease
having the souls of rice, once they become puffed, once they join
together as a Rice Krispie treat, when a piece of puffed rice is cut
when slicing individual squares? For me, that's a legitimate question.
I believe in things like past-life experiences without believing in
even a separable soul, let alone a "real" past life. There's a notion
that there is only One, and all of reality is just the One trying it
understand itself. If everything is ultimately the same Oneness, then
why would the ability to remember someone else's memories as if they
were your own require actually owning that person's life? It's an
implicit part of being an aspect of the One. I've also experienced a
vision in dream that further elaborated upon how this is the case.
don't believe in an "after" life, so much as I believe in
multidimensional beings, parts of which transcend space and time. So our
spiritual aspect can experience what we might consider an "afterlife"
concurrent to our physical lives being all full of blood and poop. It
goes one better, I believe that on a person's death, their reference for
time becomes reset to the point of their birth. In effect, they are
reincarnated to the same body. They're free to make other choices, but
without knowing what happened previously, they rarely make different
decisions. Then deja vu becomes a memory of a previous iteration seeping
through. This has direct consequences for my views on
depression-induced-suicide as well as terminal/assisted-suicide. In one
case, pain can only be transcended by living, and in the other a return
to a joyful childhood is nothing to spurn.
have a simple concise reason for life, the universe and everything. It
is universal and inescapable: To experience and to be experienced. If
your life amounts to a repository of experiences for the universe, what
sorts of experiences do you want to store? What do you cherish and cling
firmly believe in a biological basis for what could be called the soul.
(Technically, this makes the "soul" references previously states more
accurately described as "spirit". Changing that language in myself to be
more clear is still a challenge.) What is a person's soul? It is that
which would still be like the person if the memories and experiences
were stripped away. Two people with the same soul would be a lot alike,
even if they lived in different places and times. It amounts to humans
being "value engines", and the formula with which we assign value to
things is our soul. I know my own formula, and it is simple enough that
it could easily be encoded in my DNA, if not an expression of the DNA
combined with developmental hormones.
recently, and a bit more surprising for me, I've stumbled upon what
could be a biological basis for the concept of original sin.
of these things are, for me, decades-old ideas that I've lived with and
that have gradually permeated deeper and deeper in to my being. Even I
didn't really believe some of them when I stumbled upon them. It was
just a matter of, "Woah. This idea has merit, even if it is totally
wrong, the fruit of it is good."