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commented on Nov. 14, 2013
With religion one of the hardest and most painful hurdles of all to traverse, on one's journey toward Consciousness, Enlightenment, and religion constantly coming forth in other discussions, a thread to discuss what keeps those hurdles in place is needed here.
If you have something from the Bible, or any other Holy Book or similar writing, that is holding onto you, that you find meaningful and comfortable, a tradition or cultural belief that you feel so wholeheartedly you cannot risk usurping or losing, and you want to discuss it or (respectfully) argue on its behalf, please share it.
THIS IS NOT A THREAD FOR PERSONAL ATTACKS! NOR FOR A BATTLE BETWEEN ATHEISTS AND RELIGIONISTS!
This is a thread for balanced discussion.
Consider this thread a "Mind & Life Institute" type World Symposium, a mindful Retreat, so to speak, where everyone, of all persuasions, can peacefully sit around under a tree to express *where* they are, and what is most meaningful to them, on issues of religion relative to Enlightenment-Consciousness, where science meets religion meets the heart, toward a SHARED understanding and Awakening.
Please be advised that *realizations* may occur, or information (specific data) may be brought in from various participants, that may be painful to work through for a while, and have patience with and compassion for one another, as opposed to setting out to intentionally hurt one another. If you are very sensitive about your religious beliefs and need for faith in itself, this may not be a thread for you! Take full responsibility for your choice to participate!
Rule: Please refrain from bringing in very loooong articles for busy folks to have to read before responding, to keep a comfortable flow of retreat-like conversation-from-the-HEART going. Short references, or step by step paragraphs, are okay, like a quote or passage from a Holy Book or writing are okay, but give folks a chance to respond and discuss what you have shared before moving on to your next point, and speak mostly from your heart, because that's where the Answers are!