A few days ago, a question arrived in my Formspring inbox. 'You seem very in touch with your soul and spirit,' it read, 'What are your religious views?' This is a lovely question, and one I very much want to answer. Firstly I'd like to say that I do not affiliate myself with any one religion or belief; I am on my own journey to discover what it is that I believe - a journey that will last the length of my life. Please note that I do respect every individual's own journeys of religion and spirituality and I ask you to respect mine. You are welcome to express your own views, but rude and disrespectful comments will not be tolerated - this goes for responding to others' comments as well.
Below, I have written some things in which I strongly believe. I admit that they are more general beliefs than specific comments on religion; I do not think that this blog is the proper place to express my specific views on different faiths. I encourage you to please write to me if you have any further questions or would like clarification on any of the things I have stated here. My email address is mypeacetree2 (at) gmail (dot) com.
Above anything else, I believe that everyone on this planet deserves to be loved and respected. I think that if everyone were treated in this way, the world would be a much different place. I also believe that everyone holds within them something beautiful beyond measure, and that we all share a deep human connection regardless of our differences. I believe in love in all its forms and that it can heal great wounds.
I believe that because the earth - the trees, the mountains, the oceans - has been around for far longer than we, if we are quiet and observant we will come to learn its ancient wisdoms. I believe that all of the natural world should be treated with the utmost respect and care, and I believe that every life is a sacred, beautiful, and important.
I believe that many religions share ideals, and that we are not as different as some would have us think. I believe that when it comes to religious and spiritual matters, no one has the right to tell another that they are "wrong" or "right".
I believe that each of us can be better than we are: more kind, more good, more selfless, more loving. I believe that happiness is more important than money, and that too many people in our modern world forget what is important due to their haste. I believe in seeing the beauty in the ordinary and in having wonder and appreciation for a golden sunrise, an uncurling blossom, a hard-working ant. I believe that you reap what you sow.
And lastly - for this post, anyway - I do believe that there is Something after death; what it is, I cannot know until I leave this world and arrive there. But I do believe that it is more a more wonderful place than we could ever begin imagine.
Now, tell me, if you'd like: what religious or spiritual things have you come to believe in your life thus far? What is important to you, and what is not? And what is the truest thing you know?