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.

28 thoughts on “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


  2. 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


    • I’ll play ‘devil’s advocate’ here and suggest that this may seem so, until you realize the opposite direction may be the one to lead you home.
      Our true home lies within us.


  3. I suspect your belief system is actually quite narrow. Most peoples are, especially people who claim their system in all inclusive. To call for tolerance, for example, is actually narrowing in itself, because you exclude all the people who have a settled belief in a certain god. Which is most of the world. To believe in everything is really to believe in nothing. But no one asked for my opinion….

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