Since consciousness is one, if you have done it in yourself you have done it in all. ~Joseph Dispenza
I have just finished reading Joseph Dispenza’s book, God on Your Own: Finding a Spiritual Path Outside Religion. I thought I’d share my immediate impressions.
In an effort to be present to my feelings immediately after turning the last page, here is what I notice. I am feeling grateful, relieved, encouraged in my journey, grounded in what I am coming to know as truth and in the process (means, practice) of knowing in general. I am more sure of where I am in my spiritual journey than I ever was in organized religion. And I am thankful.
With that said, there remains one rub for me. While I value his experience in finding his spiritual path after years in the Catholic monastic life, I couldn’t help but be slightly unsettled with with his “othering” of the path of religion. Almost immediately I noticed a tone of “that’s the wrong path” and for those of you who want a better path, keep reading. I don’t think that was his intention and he certainly doesn’t assume that his path is “best”, but the idea that religion is wrong was an overtone that I felt at various points throughout my reading.
As much as organized religion is not the path for me and for many (and a growing number of others), I am not prepared to “wrong” those paths. Again, I bring with me some things I hold as truth from Christianity. As a whole, however, the religion (and religion in general) results in more questions than answers. But, for those who find their soul’s satisfaction in the answers it proffers — who am I to judge?
Here’s a prayer from the book that will stay with me for a long time. It has left quite an impression and will inform, from this point on, what I do with prayer.
Thank you, Source of our lives, for already having given us all we need for this fascinating journey in the flesh–and thank you also for continuing to be here when we have not fully grasped our fundamental connection to you. May we always remember that unbreakable bond–but if we forget, remind us, lest we begin to believe the unthinkable: that we are somehow separated from you [and all].