The Field / by scottdemarco@msn.com

I know you’re reading this for a reason.

If you’re anything like me, the thought of religion, religious dogma, or hijacked spirituality can infringe on your serenity. Human beings have been embroiled in worldwide belief-centered wars for thousands of years, and it’s not getting any better.

The world is waking up. Deep within ourselves we know that there’s a better way. Many of us choose to divest ourselves from traditional religion and instead live within a belief system that feels good and makes sense. It’s ironic that when some of us engage in discussions about fundamental kindness, compassion and spiritual discernment we find ourselves engaged in a socio-political argument thinly veiled as religion.

Spirituality is not about right and wrong. If we choose to put our faith and hope in realizing a resonant truth then we necessarily run into the human condition and the dictates of religious morality. We ask ourselves how can killing anyone in the name of your God possible be morally defensible?

Death, oppression and words of hatred bombard us in mainstream and social media channels. Technology has given the world a capacity for interconnectedness and what could be a gift for understanding has been usurped as a means for greater separation. We are shoulder to shoulder with the world and instead of an embrace we offer an assault.

What you or I do with our bodies, who we choose to love, and how we approach our spirituality is our fundamental human right. It is ironic in American society that a country founded on a desire to be free from religious oppression has fostered a turbulent marriage between religion and politics.

In other parts of the world religion is their politic and the refusal to step away from man-made righteousness has left no room for seeking common ground. Tribal thinking pervades the world stage and we continue to confuse severity with strength.

The poet Rumi wrote: “Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrongdoing there is a field, I will meet you there.”

This is an invitation to meet in that field—a place where no one is right, no one is wrong, and everyone is welcome.