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The House of Burning Incense

The House of Burning Incense Sufani Garza

When I spoke to Euclytus on the topic of God, he had a lot to say. I have been most impressed with how Euclytus always seems to deliver answers in metaphors that are so conscientiously kind. No doubt, his metaphors make his teachings accessible to everyone.

Recently, I had posted a quote on Facebook from a channeling in the Sedona Journal of Emergence! Loosely paraphrased, the quote referred to how it does not matter what religious background we come from, because we have incarnated many times in many different religions and faiths already, and what matters is that we are shining our light into the world of darkness. A Facebook "friend" I don't really know (the aunt of someone I went to school with) commented, "I couldn't agree less. My light comes from the Bible." As always, I was struck by the condescension, the exclusion, ego, and confrontation of such a statement. It was not an opening to discuss truths—as Jesus, the Christian leader would even have done (at least as stories depict him in the Bible). Instead, it was a conversation stopper, a comment truly meant to incite disagreement and judgment. I thought carefully about my response, mindful to not respond in kind—with Biblical swords fueled by my ego and the need to "win" or be right—as I have in the past.

As my journey takes me through many religious traditions, I have found that ego is the main problem with finding the common thread of them all. I feel that if each person on his or her chosen path could see the other as a thread woven into the same cloth on the path of seeking a home with God once again, the combined light of that understanding could help us see who we are to one another in love. In this way, we could honor each individual's journey.