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The Dark Side of Religion

As a child, I was a regular churchgoer. I don't say avid attendant, mind you, as it was an activity I was coerced into. Nevertheless, I wore the cleanest clothes I could find, which were often scattered along my floor; as is the case with most prepubescent boys. Having satisfied the sniff test, the garments I selected were hastily thrown on before being rushed out the door to catch the latest sermon.

The late Jerry Falwell: a televangelist who actively criticized Dr. Martin Luther King for demanding an end to segregation.

It wasn't long before I began asking questions deemed inappropriate for a nine-year-old Sunday school attendant. This hardly made me popular with the pastor, but seemed to inspire rebellion and skeptical inquiry amongst my many disillusioned followers. And so it came to be that my attendance was no longer forced, and I was instead allowed to choose my own spiritual path.

With a mother who's a devout Christian and a father practicing the taboo faith of Wicca, I certainly had an odd mix to choose from. For years, I spent time carving esoteric runes into whittled staffs before binding them with strips of leather. I began practicing New Age rituals -- never shying away from darker arts, such as fire magick and spells used to bind others.

However, in my heart I always felt this was somehow wrong and I was only just beginning to scratch the surface of spirituality. It wasn't until I'd abandoned drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, all of which had consumed and destroyed me, that I finally turned to an in-depth study of global theology. I admit that I was far more interested in the faiths held by those in the Far East, but I did my best to keep an open mind.

Upon recovering from my daily cocktail of deadly toxins, I turned to vegetarianism for a year or more. Coincidentally, this led me to the idea of practicing Zen (禪) Buddhism. It wasn't long before I spent countless hours focused on achieving the cessation of disturbing and inconsequential thought patterns. Soon, it became second nature to me. Still, I was deeply involved and captivated by that which the material world has to offer -- namely, the opposite sex.

More than a decade passed before I resumed my meditation, but this time, with the aid of various crystals. Do they possess intrinsic powers beyond which science attributes to them? Well, we can't entirely dismiss that notion off-hand. Our heart's electromagnetic field has an amplitude that's roughly sixty times greater than our brain's. With sensitive equipment, it can be measured several feet away from our body. Without going too far into detail, consider the facts as we know them: all things both organic and inorganic vibrate at a subatomic level. If our heart's EMF resonates with a piezoelectric material, what is the effect on a quantum scale? And does it alter the nature of our reality?

Irrespective, I soon encountered electrical sensations -- the like of which I'd never encountered even in the deepest of meditative states. I was both bewildered and enthralled. Something was happening deep inside of me which defied scientific explanation. It was more than a sensation, it was a phenomenal experience brought about through a conscious act.

Now, I'm not here to discredit the validity of other's faiths. Despite all of the war and hatred espoused by religious individuals, there are many deeply rooted moral teachings contained in nearly every belief system. If you wish to adhere to a certain faith, it's important to follow the words of the Buddha -- "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -- Siddhartha Gautama.

In this way, we only apply valuable teachings and eschew such outdated ideas that would lead us back to slavery, sexism, and every other conceivable abomination to be found within religious texts.

What are your thoughts on religion and spirituality? Do you practice a certain faith? Why do you believe faith to be a moral necessity? And what's your take on secular nations which are both economically successful and strong in moral character? Post your thoughts below!

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