Written by Gary Wonning
There comes a point in time when one finally makes a decision to act on your instincts rather than the conventional wisdom of the time.
I had been attending a small gathering of people from a supposedly free thinking open minded church in town.
I had been attending this church for some time and for a while I enjoyed to the friendship I found there.
But the church began to change. One of the changes I began to notice was they began slowly to take God out of the service.
The monthly discussions began quite innocently discussing topics many in the church and I agreed with, but after time I began to notice the discussions always followed the same train of thought and generally followed the same particular line of thinking .
But as with most groups, the tendency is to stay within safe boundaries and not venture from the accepted norm, not discovering any new ideas: even when discussing “new thought”.
After a while, I thought it was time to move on and delve a little deeper into the various topics we were discussing. I soon discovered there are limits to even “New Thought”.
I soon found my input wasn’t accepted if it didn’t follow the line of thinking of the group, whenever I brought something up a little beyond what everyone else believed, the topic was suddenly changed, or I was cut off in mid sentence.
I don’t mind, and welcome a different opinion, but when I am completely blown off and my views aren’t even considered, that is when I draw the line, it’s time to move on.
I believe in freedom of speech and our right to express our feelings regardless if anyone else agrees with us or not. When someone starts infringing upon that right, I get my dander up real quick.
I also noticed in this group, a lack of faith and maybe even a lack of a belief in God. It seemed many were always afraid of something.
There was certainly a common belief that the United States was not founded on a belief in God and that our founders and early settlers all believed in God and prayed regularly.
I’m not sure if I will continue to attend these meetings, but I have learned a lot and if I go back I will continue to learn from those I feel are misinformed, sometimes it is amazing what we can learn from those who disagree with us.
They can actually think we agree with them ,when we don’t at all, perception is everything.
And regardless of how open minded they believe they are, they are only open minded when one agrees with them, or don’t step too far out of the box; nothing is going to change that.
Through it all, I have decided I will state my beliefs and stand by them regardless of the opposition, while deciding the correct time to state my opinions. There is a time and place for everything, sometimes direct opposition settles nothing.
We need to keep those of alike mind close, those who think differently, closer.
Enough is enough.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of
Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.
In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.
For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.
He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.
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