Happy Religious Freedom Day!

Actually, I belatedly discovered this holiday which is on the 16th of January. But belated or not, it deserves celebration. After all, the U.S. Constitution insures freedom of religion in the first amendment, which includes separation of church and state.* There’s a good reason for this separation, for it guarantees the free worship of all religions, whether Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, or any other religion or lack of it. Thomas Jefferson recognized this and approved of it.

Why would so many faiths draw so many devoted? There must be something to a particular belief system to satisfy its followers. Indeed there is a force that animates all religions. Yogis call it kundalini. Illuminati (as named by Walter Russell) refer to the cosmic flash. Christians call it the born again experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or being filled by the Holy Spirit.

I grew up in the Christian church, but it wasn’t until I became a born again Christian that I prayed, “Dear Lord, show me the truth, even if it is socially unacceptable.” Later I experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the kundalini, and the cosmic flash.

All these are a process by which our energy centers are unblocked, so the life force can flow through us unimpeded. The process takes years, and as it occurs, ones understanding of the spiritual sharpens, more and more.

This process is the force that animates all people, no matter what their beliefs. It showed me, to my surprise, that Christianity is no more the true religion than all the other religions. Rather, they all have their beneficial points and their harmful. And believe it or not, some atheists are quite spiritual.

So let’s celebrate Freedom of Religion Day with a new understanding and appreciation of its place in our history. Whether one is Christian, Jew, Islamist, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Nature worshiper, agnostic, atheist, or whatever, there is room for all in our diverse nation. We are the richer for it.

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* In 1947, in the caseĀ Everson v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declared, “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.” The “separation of church and state” phrase which they invoked, and which has today become so familiar, was taken from an exchange of letters between President Thomas Jefferson and the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut, shortly after Jefferson became President. http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=123

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