I’m not sure what it is about human nature (or maybe just my nature) to wants to label things? In the “about” section of a site like this, or any site where you are asked to tell about yourself, what do you say? People say things like; I’m a dad, I’m a husband, I’m this and that. So, labels. Well, with my shifting beliefs, it’s difficult to put a label on myself. I get that, and yet, it seems that an underlying urge is still there to find an appropriate label to put on my “spiritual beliefs”.
I had an interesting conversation with my brother in law lately about this. I asked him if he had any kind of a belief system anymore. He said no, he did not, nor did he want one. I like that! I think it’s easier to flow and shift through life and the various stages and changes that way. That’s just my opinion, of course. It doesn’t mean that it’s absolutely true. In a recent search for a possible label for myself, I came across a website or blog (I don’t remember exactly where I found it) that talked about agnostic Taoism. Then he went on to write a short explanation that I will post here:
When asked about my religion, I say “Well, it’s not really a religion, but I consider myself an Agnostic Taoist.” Which, of course, makes the socially religious pause and do the RCA dog head tilt. When I stop giggling inside, I typically follow up with “That means I have no idea about the afterlife or our souls or even the nature of God, but I find the world has paths and flow to it and you can surf those waves and follow those paths if you simply stop resisting so much. There are behaviors that increase suffering and there are behaviors that decrease suffering. There are thoughts and beliefs and ways of being that can ease our personal and the world’s way through the day. I try and do those thoughts and behaviors. It makes it easier on everyone.”
Which, of course, gets me the question “Do you believe in God?” Which, of course, makes me sigh and know they did not hear a word I just said.
I like that. So maybe I’m an agnostic Taoist, with some Buddhist tendencies? LOL This might, and probably will, change over time. And that’s ok. I don’t think there is just one right way for everyone. How great would it be if we could share what’s working for us at this moment with others (assuming they are interested in hearing about it) without trying to convince them that they should be doing it our way? I enjoy asking people about their beliefs and how those beliefs help them get through life. It’s fun to see people get excited about sharing with someone who is interested in what they think and believe. I encourage you to try it, if the situation presents itself. I think you will have fun, too.