You have traveled in dreams while safe at home with Me. ~ A Course in Miracles

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A few weeks ago someone asked me, “Do you know where you’ll go when you die?” My answer: “Yes.”

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, and I was enjoying a few hours off from my work. The loud knock at my front door brought me abruptly out of a lazy, peaceful place.

There were two men at the door, and I knew instantly why they were there. Doing my best to be pleasant, I said hello. That’s when one of them popped the question.

They were from one of the local churches, and were on a mission to convert people to their religion. One was the pastor of that church, and the other a member of the congregation.

We chatted amiably for a few minutes. But I cut our discussion short (politely), for I knew where they were going. I was pleasant, but firm. They accepted that, handed me a brochure, and said a friendly goodbye. They were nice people, as most of the people in this little town are.

I glanced at the brochure and was struck by the cover title, “How To Know You Are Going To Heaven.” Inside the brochure were four bold, upper case headings:

First, you must accept that you are a sinner.
Second, you must accept that as a sinner you owe a penalty.
Third, you must accept that Jesus Christ has already paid your sin debt.
Fourth, you must accept by faith what Jesus Christ did for you.

Well, if those are the requirements for getting into heaven, most of the world’s population ain’t gonna make it—including me.

In preparing this post, I did some research on religion and spirituality. I discovered nothing earth-shaking. But some of the statistics were interesting. Here are a few I found the most intriguing.

  • Total membership of the 25 largest churches in the United States and Canada is about 145.700,000. That number is down 1.15% over the 2011 number.
  • A poll by the Gallup Research organization concluded 40% of all Americans regularly attend church. But that is based on interviews, on what people said their attendance was.
  • Another polling group did not interview anyone. Instead they actually visited various church services and counted the people there. They concluded actual church attendance was half the Gallup poll’s results, or about 20%.
  • The largest religious group in the United States is the Roman Catholic Church, with about 67,000,000 people. That membership is down a little from 2011.
  • Many other religious groups’ numbers were also down. Some were up. But, overall, the trend is downward.

Why do you supposed religion is losing its clout? Even the mighty Roman Catholic Church has fallen on hard times.

In my opinion, people are waking up in increasingly larger numbers. That’s what this transformation our planet is in the midst of is all about. We are all becoming more conscious.

My spirit guides are fond of saying, “All paths lead home.”

But what does that really mean?

A Course in Miracles says we have never left home (God). Or, to say it another way: If God is within us, we have never lost ourselves. All we have done is to delude ourselves into thinking God has abandoned us.

So all paths really do lead home—the home we actually never left. Those paths lead us back to God, back to ourselves. In other words, we are finally remembering who we are and why we are here.

Life is only a dream from which we are now awakening.

That is what all this talk about raising human consciousness is about.

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Do you belong to a traditional or non-traditional religion or church? How has it affected your life, positively or negatively? Or do you practice another form of spirituality? Or none at all?

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In this video, United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, talks about his spiritual beliefs. I have no political convictions, nor am I particularly interested in politics. But Bernie’s words are, in my opinion, an eloquent and powerful description of what true religion is all about.

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Related links:

Reader Question: What and Where Is Heaven?
Beyond the Veil of Death
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