Here is another piece of wisdom gleaned from a video game. This was found in the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” game, and was attributed to a disciple of a “prophet”.
“No man has ever told the truth about God, for no man can ever know.
There is more sacred in the heart of a farmer or soldier than in the hearts of lords and emperors.
We are all of us deceived by those that claim to speak on behalf of the creator.
No man speaks for Him, for His voice is the sky, the water, and the flow of the world.”
Today, I want to share a quote I got from a video game character, which I think needs to be impressed on every person who is intolerant of beliefs that conflict with their own.
“Faith is of the heart, not the head. When the heart is ungoverned by reason, charlatans have powerful tools to deceive.” — Sister Justinia, a non-player character in the video game Dragon Age: Origins.
The prime definition of faith is that it is a belief in something that can’t be proved – so it isn’t a fact. Nobody’s opinion (or faith) is better than anyone else’s, no matter why you choose to place your faith in it. And the beliefs of any religion should never guide governments in passing laws that put other faiths outside of the law.
One of the things I’m learning about applying the Law of Attraction (LOA) is that there must be an action towards the goal. You have to do something.
Well, I may not (yet) have an idea what my dream, or purpose, is, but that can’t be allowed to be a barrier to my eventually getting there. I still have to take action, if for no other reason than to show “the universe” (also known as God, the higher power, or my best self) that I’m serious about making these changes.
So, I hit on a plan of a sort. I’m going to look into doing the same thing with a video game that Natalie Ledwell did with her book. I’m going to try to write a video game that is entertaining and captivating, but at the same time teaches the player the fundamentals of using the LOA. Or, if I can get a team of people together who share my vision, perhaps my vision will be enough to guide the process, and their skill will produce the better product. I’m not sure about the details, and at this point I don’t need to be. I just have to have an idea, and start moving in that direction.
One of the things my wife and I have been watching lately is a documentary series (available on disc through Netflix) titled Mystic Lands.
It was conceived rather ambitiously for a network TV series (originally airing on the Learning Chanel). The idea was a 13 episode series looking at numerous different locations of the world, and the spiritual practices that were (or, in some cases, are) practiced there, without cultural bias or prejudice as to the views of the practices being shown.
We’ve seen 4 episodes so far, and I have to say that I think they succeed. Series director Chip Duncan (who is interviewed about the project in an extra feature on Disc 2) wanted to show spirituality as a potential unifying force of humanity despite the diversity of beliefs, and I respect that view tremendously.
I would choose to phrase it this way: WHAT you practice is not so important as IF that practice means something to you. On the other hand, something being successful as a faith for you is no indicator of it’s rightness for anyone else. You have a right, and obligation, to do what is right for you, but you have no right or authority to enforce it on anyone else.
Ultimately, your decision to make someplace a spiritual place for you is the only thing that is necessary. You can make it spiritual just by setting up an altar in a room in your basement.