Musings & Threads. The Lure of Certainty.
The Lure of Certainty
I am a seeker. To that end, I have read and attempted to learn from some of the most profound spiritual thinkers of our day including Tolle, Rohr, Beckwith, Steindl-Rast, Pema Chödrön, Beckwith, Thich Nhat Hanh, Young, Dali Lama, Osteen, Chittister, Ram Das, to name a few.
Despite differing perspectives, most share of a set of common beliefs: connectedness, living in the now, the importance of gratitude, universalism, abundant love, the negative impact of the ego, and spirituality. I am especially connected to the spirituality component since science and history have taught us that just because we can’t perceive or measure it, it doesn’t mean that it is not there.
Religion offers similar components (a) life after death (in some form), (b) connectedness in worship, (c) God’s love, and (d) comfort and compassion in difficult times.
But what religion and spiritual leaders really provide us is certainty, and it is compelling. Despite believing that the other side is “unknowable,” I continue to be drawn to those who believe that they have some sort of answer. I think that this explains why cults such as Scientology, Rev Jones, Jehovah’s Witness are able to attract so many people. All that a seeker has to do is join and, she too, will get the answers.
If only it were that simple.