Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Whisper Game

Life in many ways is like the kids “whisper game” where each person whispers the phrase to the next person and it goes around the circle until it comes back to the person who started it. The phrase that makes it back is often very different than the one that started because each person hears it differently and interprets what they heard and passes that on. Much of what people believe today is a result of that same process. The difference is that much of what is passed on is deliberately changed to suit a purpose or is a result of life in a very different time and is superimposed upon our life now.

So much of what we think, what we believe, how we worship, and the way we live our lives is a result of the message being passed on like in the whisper game. We hold to beliefs that seem logical to our conscious minds yet they hold us back from the deeper truths. These same beliefs often bring us out of harmony with nature and in the long run can cause harm. These include but are not limited to our beliefs about life, death, nature, God, religion, love and sex.

To understand how we got to the beliefs that we currently hold on these topics, we’d need to go back to where they started. That in itself is an almost impossible task because so much of what we believe has been passed on to us in a whisper. If we step back further though from the belief, we have the questions that drew out the belief. Those questions are where we have to start to untangle the mystery.

If we go back to the time when consciousness first began manifesting as humans and language developed, it’s easy to imagine those first few powerful questions emerging. “Who are we?” “Where did we come from?” “Why are we here?” “What are we to do?” These four basic questions are what have shaped the way our lives are today yet rarely do any of us stop to reconnect our current beliefs with these original questions.

The answers to these questions are what have formed basic belief systems that we live with today. Our world religions were formed from these questions and whether we follow these religions or not, they shape our lives to this very day in so many ways. The supposed answers to these questions were passed on for thousands of years by word of mouth because surley they arose before we had the ability to write them down. Each person interpreted the answers and passed them on in a way that made sense to them. Eventually people began discovering that the beliefs they held were different than those of the people they met and disagreements arose. New beliefs began to be formed from these disagreements and tribes began to be formed based upon a shared belief system.

By the time that the written word became a reality, entire stories had been created to share the answers to these questions with those who were yet to come. These stories were recorded and just like the whisper game, they were added to and changed ever so slightly to suit the needs of those passing on the story. As the various world languages began emerging and these stories were translated, again the context was modified to suit the culture of the people who spoke that language. As these stories were written and passed on, they took on a life of themselves because now they were historical documents. The Bible is a prime example of this.

In our search to understand the meaning of life as expressed in the original questions, we have held on to myth, translation errors, misunderstandings, societal interpretation and fears of man in an attempt to “know the truth”. The time has come for us to step back in time and reexamine these “truths” and bring ourselves back into harmony with nature. This is what I will be attempting to do in these writings. I may not have all the answers but I believe a reexamination of the questions can reveal much the beliefs we hold currently that are not serving mankind, nature or the planet. Something has to change before it’s too late.

1 comment:

  1. I too have been on a search for "the truth." Along the way, I've come across the writings of Bishop John Shelby Spong and he's become a great light upon the historical writings of my faith. Try his "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" first - if you were brought up in "The Church," this book will change your life! Spong evolves a bit as he ages, but this book sure changed my life.