It was about three and a half years ago when this conversation occurred. It took place between myself, a dear friend and a young man. The conversation’s lead I do not remember, but I remember the following;
Young man; “So then, what is it that you two believe?”
Me; “I can’t explain. If you believe it, then you just know.”
Young man; “Ugh, women…”
Friend; “It’s not just women. We know men who believe this too and I’m sure they’d agree.”
It took me a lot of time to finally begin to comprehend, in modern English words, what I/we believe. In my dreams, I often have in depth conversations with people about these beliefs but they are never held in any language that I know. While in these dreams though, everything makes sense and the conversations have a lot of depth and content. Yet when I wake up, I am unable to reproduce any of this.
So after both having done my third set of exams (yay!) as well as some long thinking, I have come up with the basics of what we believe. To keep things simple for now, I will explain the four basic principles. I spoke to my friend about this too and she agrees that they encompass mostly what we feel is important. So here are the four basic principles for a faith that has no name.
When considering kindness, this means that you extend a helping hand to others. You treat them in a fashion that you would like to be treated by others. You attempt to be considerate of the feelings and thoughts of others and will not judge them for it. Yet while emanating such kindness into the world, you also need to give it to yourself. You need to give to yourself that which you need; food, sleep, relaxation and anything else that you might need that is not based on material needs. Perhaps you enjoy exercise to help your body. Perhaps you like to read to enhance your knowledge. Perhaps you enjoy creative outlets. These are also forms of being kind to yourself.
The second principle is based on gentleness. This does not entail you can not be assertive in what you need and want. It means that you will be a calm person and be gentle to yourself and your surroundings. You will be gentle to animals and other forms of nature. You will be kind to trees and plants and will be considerate of their contribution. A gentle nature also means that you will be gentle in emotions. Though you may become upset or angry, it is important to understand why so you can attempt to resolve it and be calm and gentle once again. By solving your problems, you are being good to yourself. Also included in this principle is patience. This principle is closely linked with the first.
This principle asks that you be honest and fair with the world and yourself. You need to accept what the world gives you and treat it as its honesty. Also be honest with yourself and accept what and who you are. If you have flaws, that is okay. Be aware of them and accept them to the best of your ability. The principle of truth also means that you need to attempt to be yourself; the real, true you. It means that you follow what your heart tells you is right. In doing so, you must still be aware of facts that the world presents to you. Ignorance is definitely not bliss. Be curious of the world and attempt to uncover its secrets. Look beyond the veil. Do this with people in your life too. Judge them for their heart only if you know their heart’s contents and intent.
Being open means being curious as well as open-minded. Do not shut yourself off from the world and other people. See experiences as building blocks for your own self. If things go well, you are being rewarded. If things are tough, you are being given a lesson. Such an awareness will help you face hardships. Expansion of the mind and personal, spiritual growth are the path that our beliefs attempt to place people on. Being open also means that attempting to accept anything that comes your way. Letting go and simply enduring might be hard but it is often the best way to overcome hardships.
By combining all these principles, you can attempt to be an overall good person who strives to do what is right and to grow. This will ultimately lead to the greater goals in our faith; completion, connection and infinite love. I will write more about this next time. I wish to keep this post simple and basic so it doesn’t become overwhelming. If you are still curious however, be patient and it will come to you.
May destiny be kind to you.