I may be weird, but I get bored when I’m not learning something new about my spiritual journey.
Not being nourished by different spiritual food would be like eating in the cafeteria and having the same 20 choices day after day, year after year. I’d probably just skip meals because I’d get tired of choking down the same food (if I didn’t just die of boredom first). Most mainline Christian churches are content to tell their people the same things over and over again. And most folks are willing to listen to it and not ask for more. Not me. There is a world of God-experiences out there in numerous religions and a multitude of cultures. Certainly there is something to be gleaned from exploring them.
Over this last weekend, I had the pleasure of leading a Women’s Retreat that introduced the participants to the ancient concept of chakras – energy centers in the body. These concepts are much more ancient than our Christian religion and are utilized in many holistic healing methods such as acupuncture, yoga, reiki and meditation. Yet, we never talk about them. Why not? I suppose because they aren’t Biblical.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The Bible contains lots of good stuff… enough for me to have spent the last 16 years preaching from it. But when it is supplemented with other ideas and experiences of God, it is sort of like adding new spices to the old food in the cafeteria line up. Suddenly the same old thing has flavor that we didn’t even know existed and we’re experiencing the Divine in a new way with new insight.
My approach to spirituality tends to follow the old wedding adage, “Something old, something new, something borrowed…” (I skip the “something blue” part). Sure, let’s look again at the traditions and teachings of Christianity, but let’s sprinkle in something new to us – be it contemporary theology, other religious teachings, archeology, or science – and measure in a dose of borrowed ideas or exercises to broaden our experience and understanding of God. A new flavor can waken taste buds we didn’t even know we had. Perhaps this new nourishment will explode in our souls with the excitement and passion of fresh discovery. Or perhaps we’ll not like the taste at all, it’s possible. Still, I’d be getting bored and my feet would be lagging on this spiritual journey without trying.
I know sometimes my dear folks at Sacred Journeys wonder what I’m going to be up to next. But God bless them all for joining the adventure with me!