I love when the universe brings me themes. This week I had more than one conversation with three very different people about how religion was changing. I was faced with the question, is the religious dogma outdated? Is there a birth of a new tradition that encompasses multiple traditions? And does this new view of spirituality have a new perspective on psychosis?
All three people I spoke with, all felt that they and their circle of friends, no longer followed traditional religion. Even those raised in traditional religions, such as Catholicism or Judaism, discussed incorporating ideas and practices from Eastern traditions, such as Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism. Each person I spoke to discussed having a mindfulness practice, as well as, how they felt they connect to their higher power. And each person seemed reluctant to name this, something greater. This presence. This energy. This something, that they connect to. Because God, Nature, Universe seemed to not cover the beauty of this relationship. Each person discussed, the emphasis on a personal relationship and not such a forced relationship with prescriptions for interactions. Each seemed to feel that their words along could be prayers and did not have to follow a script to be heard.
They also believed that mental illness cannot be cured with just medication. That mental illness needs a holistic approach. That the beliefs of the person with mental illness needs to be honored. They also talked about how belief can cure, if you just believe enough. How each person is different. One person might be better with prayer, another with therapy and medication and yet another from healing from a shaman.
Perhaps it is the people I am lucky enough to encounter that have such open and accepting views. I wonder how many people would disagree with the new wave of religious beliefs and attitudes? How many people would argue on the root and treatment of psychosis?
I hope we are moving towards a more global understanding and acceptance of everyone. A world of love and respect.