Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Life Stories - The first step on a spiritual path is rebellion

Barb G.: I don't know. I was raised Catholic, but I just don't believe the stuff they teach any more. Am I a bad person?

David Markham: Osho taught that the first step on the spiritual path is rebellion.

Barb G: Really? What does that mean?

David Markham: That you question authority.

Barb G.: Do you believe that Jesus is God?

David Markham: No. He certainly was an enlightened Master and I love Jesus, but he was no more God than you and me. We all have the divine spark within us and it is developed to greater or lesser degrees. Jesus was a very spiritual person like Buddha and other of the great Saints and enlightened Masters who have been on the earth.

Barb G.: Do you go to church?

David Markham: Yes, I go to a Unitarian Universalist church.

Barb G.: Where? Are there Unitarian Univers - what do you call it? churches in this area?

David Markham: Unitarian Universalists, UU for short. Yes there are two in Rochester, First Unitarian, and First Universalist, and there's Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, and there is the new one, the Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Brockport.

Barb G.: I didn't know that. I don't know anything about it. What do Unitarian Universalists believe?

And so it went. Do you ever have conversations like these? How do they go?


  1. Yes, I have conversations like this a lot. But then that's what a spiritual director does in life! Some folks believe they are not worthy and others think God's not worthy. I suppose that might be one and the same thing. Thought provoking...

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