My latest one, came out of the blue, as they seem to do. It happened when I was rushed into the Royal Brisbane Hospital to have an Oesphagoscopy.
When admitted at Emergency, I was asked many administrative questions, which was a challenge in itself, but the one that had me stumped was the question “What is your religion?”
You see I have always deemed myself “spiritual” with earth related tendencies, but had never been forced to place a religious name to it.
After struggling uncomfortably for several minutes, I asked the very patient registrar what were my options surrounding this part of the questioning? I wasn’t stalling, but rather hoping that someone else, who had gone before me and encountered the same quandary, had identified a category that I would fall within.
I think her look of indicated a little distain with my approach. Perhaps she thought I was trying to choose the most popular. She did reluctantly share the “main stream” options, even one for Atheist, which I think she was ready to mark off for me. I realized my preferences were now basically a choice between either “Christian” or “Other”.
I took a moment to ponder on my childhood upbringing in the fold of the Church of England. Although it was a “staple” of my learning in essence as I do believe in God, but not in the man-made conventional way it has been interpreted. My so called controversial perspective or belief is that God did exist within every single one of us as we embraced our love and understanding with mankind. As the bible states “…. so God created man in his own image…”, thus making us God.
At this point I didn’t want to start spouting off a lecture surrounding these principals just as much as I didn’t want to fall into the desolate category of “other”.
So this opportunity to face something I had yet truly understood, made me wonder if the word “spiritual” could be deemed a religion?
Could those of us that don’t follow a cult or veneration be allowed to choose this very encompassing direction?
Frankly I have no idea who to petition to “change the rules of engagement” and dearly hope that none of you have to be placed in this situation in the future.
I believe that being spiritual is a greater calling than any religious stamp society wants to place upon us.
Please don’t get me wrong, or send me hate mail, as I honour and accept that if you have found a religion that “sings” to your heart, you are vibrationally blessed.
Vibrational Sharing, Debbie A. Anderson