Understanding Beyond Doctrine

beyond doctrine

source: wisdomuniversity.org

“Doctrines, scriptures, sutras, essays, are not to be regarded as systems to be followed.
They merely contribute to understanding. They should be for us a source of stimulation, and nothing more…
Adopted, rather than used as a stimulus, they are a hindrance.”

~ Wei Wu Wei
I like this approach to doctrines and beliefs. Surely the world needs more people to find their own way to understanding, rather than following one particular belief system.
It seems all too easy for “followers” to become fearful and closed to the unknown or other’s beliefs. Disciples bring division in the world by creating “us” and “them”.
Adopting a particular belief or point of view, may keep us on a particular path, but is limiting to our potential as human beings.
This is a time for openness and growth. Let us be curious about all doctrines. Let them stimulate and enrich our lives, rather than hinder them.

24 responses to “Understanding Beyond Doctrine

  1. I couldn’t possibly agree more. I was born (literally) with the belief that not only did religion make no sense to me, but that it was a means to division. Being of an extreme spiritual nature, I subscribe to the process of respecting the beliefs and perceptions of all; however, I also subscribe to the fact that these beliefs are based upon books, which men made, yet claim to speak the word of God (I could go on and on, but won’t.). I was shaking my head “yes” throughout your entire post, and then came to the end, which I loved.

    Lovely share, may it spread like wild flowers. ❀ Kimberly

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  2. OMG! This is something I keep telling people (not so eloquently though). A belief that narrows our view is not helpful. It does’t allow us to grow. Thanks for a great post.

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  3. there is so much yet to be discovered. it makes me feel restless settling for something, especially a belief system. i love this. thank you for sharing.πŸ’œ

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  4. As you are aware.
    There are many paths to the top of the mountain.
    The only ones not making much progress are the ones telling others they are on the wrong path. πŸ™

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