- “Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”
The Buddha is also to have said:
- “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
Rolling Your Own – Step 1.
My first step was to realize that I believed a little bit from multiple disciplines, and a little bit I had come up with on my own. Then, I just wrote them down as I thought of them. This was actually quite easy. I wrote down whatever came to mind no matter where I was.
I used my emotions as a guide. For example, if I witnessed or heard or did something that bothered me, I wrote it down. Then I would ask myself questions about it. Why did it bother me? Did it violate my values or principles? How strongly did I feel about it? I did the same for situations that made me smile, laugh, cry, or feel happy or sad etc. Again I asked myself questions. Why does that make you feel that way? If it was something I said or did I would ask about my motivation. The more questions I asked the clearer I became as to why something was important to me. Also, for me, it was crucial that I be painfully honest with myself regardless of whether the answers ran contrary to cultural conditioning or familial beliefs. This part was NOT so easy.
To be continued…………