I was raised to believe although we were followers of one mystical path, all paths lead to the divine. No one is better or more true.

This is why you could study flowers and understand the entire universe. The One is present in All. The formless reveals itself in all forms.
I remember when I was a young child I didn’t understand the way my parents related to God. It was as if they experienced God outside of themselves. This didn’t make sense to me because I felt the energy around and all through me without separation.
I literally have memories of being a pure channel as young as 2 years old. But I allowed myself to be convinced that what I as experiencing wasnt that. Because so many others were telling me that God is outside of us and separate. And that we must go towards God.
And so I did. I committed to the path of devotion and of seeking to find that connection with the One. Only to supposedly arrive and immediately realize, I was already here. The whole time there was here.
I remember discovering this and laughing uncontrollably. I was so happy that I did it both ways because now I can see how they are both true. Whether it’s the path of devotion, being a seeker and of spiritual practice or its simple transcendent awarness. It’s all divine.
I always understood religion as a game of telephone. The children's game in which players form a line, and the first player comes up with a message and whispers it to the ear of the next. And the next. And so on.
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