panthesim

The Spiral

This fascinating shape repeats itself in nature from the double helix of the DNA molecule, to the shape of a shell, to a fern, to a galaxy a hurricane and the cream in your coffee.

One form of the spiral arises out of the famous Fibonacci sequence.  It is the most sacred of geometry.  It is used symbolically in every culture on Earth from the earliest neolithic to today.  Its shape, a center starting place then repeating orbits gaining in diameter at a constant rate is generally seen as relating  to coming into being, birth, time, growth, life, evolution, cosmic force and emergence.

In modern times it has come to be associated with Pantheism. Think of a spiral as a circle that moves forward and so does not terminate.  This is the Dharma.  Every orbit is a moment of existence yet each of these moments, rather than being distinct are actually continuous connected in an unbroken spiral to the moment before it and the moment after.  In this way time can be seen as an infinite spiral of interconnected moments.  Thus, everything that was, is, and ever will be are connected in the spiral of existence.

Samsaran.

When religion no longer mattered to me.

I remember being at the airport about to get on a flight. I was in the eighth grade and I was going to spend the summer with my dad. While I was waiting I remember watching all the people walking around the airport. Some people running to catch a flight, some just wasting time, or other’s talking on the phone or listening to music. I felt some connection with each person I saw and that’s when I realized that everyone who lives, who has ever lived, or who has yet to live have something in common. We all have felt love, we have all been fearful, we have all felt insecure, we have all felt safe, we can all say that some point in our lives we have felt absolute joy, and we have all experienced total isolation and rejection.  Now some would read this and wonder what does religion have to do with this? I was taught through the church and from my family that those who do not “believe” in Jesus Christ are not to be associated with, that there is something tainted about that individual and their upbringing. I was taught to disassociate and hate other human beings because of their beliefs when I felt, fundamentally, people have the same purpose despite religion, or culture, or gender, or sexual preference. We all are born, we all live for some reason or purpose, and then we die and become a part of the earth for the cycle to repeat.  This is true for everyone, and religion can lead to separation and omits that we all share a common yet individualized purpose. I know I do not want to teach my children to have any type of hostility or bitterness towards things and beliefs that are different from their own. From my experience, that is always what religion ends up portraying. There was a time in which I could believe in salvation, acceptance, and the forgiveness of sins until my family was divided because one of my cousins come out as gay. He was still a member of our family, he is still the same person he was before he came out  and yet because of religion my parents and his father no longer speak to him. This is when I decided that religion was not for me, this is when religion no longer mattered to me.