You know that feeling when something just SPEAKS to you? Those things that grasp every part of you and you just feel the truth and light in it?
I feel it when I look at beautiful art.
I feel it when I see an incredible sunset.
I feel it in nature.
I feel it when I read a book that resonates with me, the author drawing deep on our emotions.
I feel it in music, or when in deep conversation about something important to me. I feel it in listening to spoken word.
I believe God is in it all.
And that somehow He speaks to me through all these mediums.
If I am still enough to hear.
So when I listened to these two podcasts this week, they spoke to me. Because they explained beautifully those very sentiments.
In the podcasts Michael Wilcox talks about “God’s Many Voices,” and how God’s voice is woven into everything around us.
And how we need to seek the good.
Michael Wilcox is a member of my church, but he explains that God is woven into every religion.
The key operative values in Confucianism is BENEVOLENCE and HARMONY.
The core, deep values in Buddhism are COMPASSION and SELFLESSNESS.
In Christianity, FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY are key.
And really, aren’t BENEVOLENCE, COMPASSION and CHARITY really all one and the same?
When it comes down to it, truth-seekers are all looking for and trying to exemplify the same things.
Michael Wilcox talks about a having a “fixed foot” in your beliefs, but not being afraid to have a “searching foot” to find all the good in the world. He compares this to a compass, like the ones you use to draw perfect circles. One foot is fixed and the other explores and learns and expands.
(I had heard his analogy about this before and actually gave Dave a compass for his birthday years ago, he’s so good at this type of thinking.)
When you are confident in your own “fixed foot,” you don’t fear going out and looking at other truth to further build your own.
There is “truth” in Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Joan of Arc, Francis of Assisi, so much beauty and light in the world!
To get the full gist of what I’m trying to condense here, I so highly recommend listening to these two podcasts (linked below).
I especially LOVED the second one where they go into all kinds of “standard works” from all different religions and point out SO MUCH BEAUTY there.
All this thinking makes me more excited than ever for General Conference this weekend: a time when our church leaders spill out so much light and goodness over four sessions on Saturday and Sunday. It’s all broadcast so people can watch all over the world and it is filled up with truth from the spoken word sense.
Everyone is invited to watch, those who are members in our religion and those who are not…anyone looking for more light in their lives.
Sending out so much love and compassion and benevolence and charity as I try to find more myself, wishing everyone a very happy weekend.
How to watch General Conference:
All the links for viewing options are HERE.
Listen to “God’s Many Voices”
(the podcasts I talked about):