- Religion and Philosophy
How to Discover Your Religion
I was raised without a god or a spiritual path. The most spiritual that my family would get was when they either talked about how much God hated them or when they lit the tea light candles surrounding the large Buddha statue in the hallway. As I started growing up, I saw everyone around me practicing religion and I struggled to fit in. I attempted to go to church on several occasions but I discovered that the religion was something that I couldn’t feel no matter how hard I prayed for a sign that I was on the right path. I eventually found my way to Wicca, a spiritual path that I could actually feel, and I adopted it.
Religion and spirituality is a very personal thing and it can be difficult to determine which path is right for you. If you’re not happy with your religion or if you are trying to find one that is right for you, use the tips listed below.
Similar to finding out what foods you like or what shoe size fits you best, you will need to experiment with each of the religions to find out which one is best for you. Generally, you can determine if a religion will be a good fit by its belief system and whether or not it matches your beliefs and morals. However, you won’t be able to tell if you can connect with a certain path until you start practicing it. It may take you awhile until you find your path but it will be worth it.
2. Don’t Go Through the Motions
You may be having trouble finding a path that works for you because you aren’t pouring yourself into what you are doing. Don’t just go through the motions. Attempt to find yourself in the religion. Do everything in your power to have a connection to the practices and the deities of the religion. If you don’t feel anything at all despite giving everything that you have, the path is most likely not right for you.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Seek Out Unpopular Religions
Some people will only practice a major religion because they don’t want to be judged or put down by others. If this is your reason for choosing a path, you are only doing harm to yourself and preventing yourself from being happy. Don’t be afraid to practice some of the unpopular or generally shunned religions while you are searching for the one. A lot of people find themselves in minor religions.
I can’t tell you how many times I had started a religion only to give up shortly after because I couldn’t feel anything on a certain day. The lesson you can learn from my mistake is that you need to commit to your religion even if you can’t connect or don’t feel like practicing every day. If everyone gave up on their religion because they couldn’t connect each and every day, religion wouldn’t exist.
The most important thing to remember is that not everyone will have a path. If you don’t feel anything in any of the religions or if you don’t believe in a higher power, don’t feel like you are obligated to practice religion. This is your life and you are allowed to believe or not believe in anything you want.