Have you ever in your wildest dreams imagined when you were younger that the world would have all the technology that it has today? Who ever thought that we would see the time that the ‘home phone’ would grow obsolete? Many families of today don’t even have a home phone any more. I know that if my home phone rings, it is one of two people. My parents or my husband’s parents. That’s it. Probably because my parents haven’t even broadened their horizons to a cell phone yet. Crazy, but it is true. There are people in this world that still have no cell phones.
I grew up in a time of “party lines” where three families shared the same line. There would be three different rings, to indicate if it was your phone number they were calling or not. There was one long ring for one family. One long ring and one short ring for another family. Then there was two short rings for the final family. You could listen to other people’s conversations if you were sneaky enough to lift your receiver and not have them hear the click. Come to think of it, it was quite invasive, but that was all we had and if you wanted to talk on the phone, you had to put up with the down falls of this system.
Now, look at all the options that we have for phones. No longer are three families sharing one line, all members of the family have their own cell phone and number. Can you imagine living without your cell phone? Having to wait and have an actual conversation on a home phone. How painful would it be to go all day without texting or checking your email? For my parents who don’t know any difference, it’s not a big deal at all. To my children who have had their own phones since grade 5, this would be a travesty!
When I think about this, it is much the same as spirituality. There is many options out there to tap into. If organized religion has turned you off of church, there are many other ways now to tap into spirituality. Are you sick of the hypocritical people who pretend they are all holier than thou? They might frown upon the things that you are doing with your life, but you know that they are only human like yourself and shouldn’t be looking down at you? They judge you for the choices you make, but are supposed to be nonjudgmental.
There are many reasons that people have been turned away from religion, and I was one of them for a long time. I totally get it. The funny thing is, I was like my parents without a cell phone. I didn’t know any better. I thought I was perfectly happy without a cell phone in my life. People, and churches totally turned me in the other direction. I grew up in a community where one religion thought their religion was the only way to make it to Heaven. That if you did certain things you were going to Hell. Really, it is a type of brainwashing that religions do to their population and then wonder why people who are different in race, color, religion, etc. can’t get along.
There are so many great things in this technologically advanced spiritual world. The world of spirituality is huge. Go shopping and see what you find. Open up to the idea of getting rid of that home phone and realize the world is greatly full of cool options. My favorite find lately is the significance of the elephant to certain cultures and religions.
Both Hindus and Buddhists revere the elephant. Why you may wonder? It isn’t the elephant that they are worshiping instead, it is the qualities of the elephant they wish to emulate. Elephants are a powerful role model for anyone wanting to lead a spiritual lifestyle in any religion! They’re obedient to their leader, calm, nearly unstoppable when set on a path, and have large ears so that they hear more than they speak. Or, they are the perfect disciple. Isn’t that what we are all trying to achieve? To be the perfect disciple? Isn’t this exactly what the Bible teaches us too? Shocking isn’t it! Another religion is trying to teach the same ideas!
In Matthew 7:1 it tells us “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Stop judging other religions and explore them. Browse the world of spiritual technology. Educate yourself on difference across cultures and find the good in them. You may even find something that you like, get rid of you home phone and get on a new spiritual path.