I can carry Taoist values, as reflected through certain martial arts – dichotomies often existing in harmony, not at the expense of one another.
I can learn the tranquility of the Buddhist, to let go of issues that cause stress, as there is a time and place for passivity.
I can value, revere, and worship the divine directly through Nature, paralleling paganism.
I am free to hold Christian and monotheistic metaphoric truths to further understand the incomprehensible and hope to love others better, without the trappings of literalism, tribalism and legalism.
I can appreciate and accept Catholicism’s veneration of the Virgin Mary as a manifestation of the much needed yet unaddressed divine-feminine.
I can see the symbolic power and beauty of Orthodox icons and not suffer from idolatry.
Because of the Gnostics, I hope to be free of the addictive nature of historicity and religiosity.
I need not abandon the open-eyed skepticism of the Humanist, Atheist, or Agnostic on watchful guard for liars, “words of knowledge”, cheats, spiritual frauds, “prophetic gifts”, and charlatans.
I am Woven; a living tapestry of identities, languages, cultures, and faiths.
A piece of burlap; Strong and tightly bound, yet unbound in my liberty.
I am not a subject of the lowest common denominator. I am a gestalt. The unweaving of one part is the undoing of the whole.
What the Religionist must call purification – the purging of alien practices and ways – is to become unwoven. A single thread is easier to capture than a richly woven tapestry. My “religion” would best being described as a Non-institutional Syncretist… and Syncretism is akin to wringing the truth out of 10,000 lies.