When my kids were young I took one of my well worn t-shirts to an embroiderer and had “practice skepticism” embroidered on it. This was back in the days when I had no time or interest to shop for clothes, so that t-shirt got lots and lots of wear. I still have it and can’t throw it out because I feel so aligned with that guidepost.
Let’s be clear though, it’s not that I don’t believe anything or anyone, in fact trust is something that comes easily and naturally for me. So, skepticism is not a religion for me, just a guidepost.
The way I use it is as a filter for everything incoming. When I hear religious or medical or educational dogma, have a conversation with someone or read something in which new or unfamiliar information is imparted, I love it because it gives me yet another chance to do some fresh thinking, maybe some research, rethinking and even change.
What feels good to me is the solidity, the clarity, of being my own light.I don’t need a guru or dogma or another to tell me what is right or how to act because I know I am fully capable of listening, observing, thinking, rethinking, exploring, understanding, and then either shifting my thinking or actions according to what feels most in alignment with what feels good.
I am my own teacher and pupil. There’s never any fear that I won’t please someone else, or fail, or not live up to externally dictated standards, because I love reveling in the taking of full responsibility for what I think and how I act, with myself and with everyone around me. The reward is self-fulfilled harmony and it is always harmonic because I myself am the tuning fork. It’s a beautiful, beautiful life!
There is something so perfect about creating our own recipe for life. There are so many resources/ingredients coming to us always in the form of people, articles, books, videos, intuition, etc.! The recipe is always changing and evolving according to the information we have on hand and the tools with which we are working at any given time. I guess I live like I cook!
There was a time in my life when I thought I knew the ‘right’ recipe or had the ‘right’ ingredient… for everyone. In fact, many times when I would discover information so powerfully life changing for me, I would make the leap that this was what was right for everyone. I wanted to spread this news far and wide and have everyone jump on. I still share exciting new discoveries and ponderings (here, for example) but I understand now that everyone has (and should have!) a distinctive recipe for their own personal needs, styles, approaches, and desires.
It is really about choosing and incorporating knowledge, relationships, practices, etc. that feel intuitively right and true at our core – not from a place of moving away from but from a place of moving toward. I am wary of the ‘professionals’, gurus, preachers, whoever – those who try to show ‘the way’ – not necessarily because they don’t have an important ingredient but because often they purport that they have my whole recipe. This, to me, is the stuff of cults. When we stop learning, considering, and practicing with consciousness, we have become a follower.
I will make my cake and eat it, too! And then I’ll tweak the recipe, eat, repeat.
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