Acceptance…

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“You say it is difficult to walk the path of Christ, to follow the teachings of the Buddha, to hold the light of Krishna, to be a Master.   Yet I tell you this: it is far more difficult to deny Who You Are than to accept it.” – from Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch

I have always loved this quote.  Back in my Facebook days, I used this quote on an image I posted about a year ago.  I hadn’t read the book then, but I heard the quote somewhere, and it instantly appealed to me.

For decades of my life I was desperately searching for a spiritual label that I could trot out whenever people asked me about my beliefs.  I have always been a very spiritual person, but for some reason I felt that it wasn’t real unless I could put an actual label on it.  I tried being a Christian….. I mean I really tried.  Several times in fact.  But it just never “stuck”.  I read the Koran, mostly out of curiosity.  I have read the Tao te Ching, a couple of times, since the first time it went completely over my head. One of my favourite books is the Bhagavad Gita.  For 3 years I was a practising Buddhist, and I still believe that Buddhism has a great deal of merit.  Actually I believe that all formal religions have a great deal of merit… They all have something wonderful to offer.  But for me, at least, in and of themselves, they all lacked something.

I guess my own faith was just too “all-encompassing” to ever be able to fit into a box… no matter how wonderful or appealing that box might be.  And maybe that is why the above quote was always so appealing to me….. Because it speaks of Acceptance.  Acceptance of who and what we really are.  And what we are is far to great to ever be contained within one box, one label.