Spiritual guidance?

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I am in the midst of the hardest year I can remember, and quite frankly I am having a spiritual crisis. I feel like questioning the existence of a God or whatever you want to call Him makes me ungrateful, which I’m not. I feel like I should talk to someone, but I don’t know who. I’m not religious and don’t affliate with any sort of religion or anything. Organized religion doesn’t seem to work for me. Any suggestions?

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Ibn Waleedh

I’m a Muslim and my suggestion would be to read the Holy Quran.

John Carver PILGRIM

try going back to the religion of the Puritans.
they are master of experimental religion, organised insitutionalised religion is a no, no.
Get the King James Bible or the Geneva Bible.
Let’s get talking after that.
All the dealings of God, I suppose you may start with Deu ch 28

sunnyheart30

This is the time where you should look within yourself and you shall find the answers that you seek. try meditation its a great way to relax and listen to your inter self.
Good luck sweetie

Jesse C

religion is so twisted today anyhow i dont see how anybody in their right mind would even want to bother with it in the first place. believe in what you think is right

standupandclapyourhands

I used to be exactly where you are now. I also went through extreme hardships and questioned the existence of a god… that was right before he revealed himself to me and totally changed my perception of everything. Trust me, if you really in your heart have a desire to know “the truth”, you don’t have to do anything. You won’t have to find god, he’ll find you. I know that sounds corny but it’s the truth. I also don’t affiliate with any sort of organized religion…. organized religion is man-made. There is only one god and one truth, and once you have that that’s all you need. If you ever want to talk or hear more feel free to send me a message.

Meg

Look, I know you might not belive in God, but he is there for you. You will get through this time! God will guide you. Ever heard of the verse Footprints In The Sand?
It goes like this:
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, ther times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.”
You might not see him, but he will carry you through this. He loves you.

Bimonics

Did you say spiritual guidance? Then, busy your mind with a simple, good, repetitious thought; and drop your mind, while holding that thought down into your heart. The reason i say this is because you are a life-giving spirit to your body and you must take the reins from inside. Once the essential inner entity of your heart is in control, do not trust anyone with it except Jesus, and He will give you a chance to rest, to say the least.

angelina n

Hey, you think that’s bad(talking about what asker said)? Well my mind is in utter chaos! I constantly change my beliefs that I’m not even sure what I believe now. I cant even sense MY OWN emoitions!!! how I cope is I play video games; watch TV; Design computer apps;sleep; and think about how much everyone hates George BUsh(the monkey who stole the white house). Some times I talk to my cats and listen to what they say. they don’t speak english but I understand them.

Tiger

First of all, please ask yourself, why do you want to question the existence of God? There must be a reason. You find that reason and then remove it from your mind. Once your mind is cleaned, you will feel the presence of God. God, is within you. You look for God the way one looks at a hero in films, as if He will come out and do miracles here to attract people! Our thinking level is very low. God is not one who wants to blame us always and sitting there to find our faults; in fact, God knows our weakness and He wants to help us to overcome our weaknesses, and to become successful in life. God is your friend, and father, who loves you. You have no refuge on earth other than him.

I'm not that smart.

If it is truth that you want, and not just passing pleasures, then it requires your life which is time, vanities will only steal it away….
“…when a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading to the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse and purify his heart, which is the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God, from the obscuring dust of all acquired knowledge, and the allusions of the embodiments of satanic fancy. He must purge his breast, which is the sanctuary of the abiding love of the Beloved, of every defilement, and sanctify his soul from all that pertaineth to water and clay, from all shadowy and ephemeral attachments. He must so cleanse his heart that no remnant of either love or hate may linger therein, lest that love blindly incline him to error, or that hate repel him away from the truth. Even as thou dost witness in this day how most of the people, because of such love and hate, are bereft of the immortal Face, have strayed far from the Embodiments of the divine mysteries, and, shepherdless, are roaming through the wilderness of oblivion and error. That seeker must at all times put his trust in God, must renounce the peoples of the earth, detach himself from the world of dust, and cleave unto Him Who is the Lord of Lords. He must never seek to exalt himself above any one, must wash away from the tablet of his heart every trace of pride and vainglory, must cling unto patience and resignation, observe silence, and refrain from idle talk. For the tongue is a smouldering fire, and excess of speech a deadly poison. Material fire consumeth the body, whereas the fire of the tongue devoureth both heart and soul. The force of the former lasteth but for a time, whilst the effects of the latter endure a century.
That seeker should also regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul. He should be content with little, and be freed from all inordinate desire. He should treasure the companionship of those that have renounced the world, and regard avoidance of boastful and worldly people a precious benefit. At the dawn of every day he should commune with God, and with all his soul persevere in the quest of his Beloved. He should consume every wayward thought with the flame of His loving mention, and, with the swiftness of lightning, pass by all else save Him. He should succour the dispossessed, and never withhold his favour from the destitute. He should show kindness to animals, how much more unto his fellow-man, to him who is endowed with the power of utterance. He should not hesitate to offer up his life for his Beloved, nor allow the censure of the people to turn him away from the Truth. He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfil. With all his heart should the seeker avoid fellowship with evil doers, and pray for the remission of their sins. He should forgive the sinful, and never despise his low estate, for none knoweth what his own end shall be. How often hath a sinner, at the hour of death, attained to the essence of faith, and, quaffing the immortal draught, hath taken his flight unto the celestial Concourse. And how often hath a devout believer, at the hour of his soul’s ascension, been so changed as to fall into the nethermost fire. Our purpose in revealing these convincing and weighty utterances is to impress upon the seeker that he should regard all else beside God as transient, and count all things save Him, Who is the Object of all adoration, as utter nothingness.
These are among the attributes of the exalted, and constitute the hall-mark of the spiritually-minded. They have already been mentioned in connection with the requirements of the wayfarers that tread the Path of Positive Knowledge. When the detached wayfarer and sincere seeker hath fulfilled these essential conditions, then and only then can he be called a true seeker. Whensoever he hath fulfilled the conditions implied in the verse: “Whoso maketh efforts for Us,” he shall enjoy the blessing conferred by the words: “In Our ways shall We assuredly guide him.”
Only when the lamp of search, of earnest striving, of longing desire, of passionate devotion, of fervid love, of rapture, and ecstasy, is kindled within the seeker’s heart, and the breeze of His loving-kindness is wafted upon his soul, will the darkness of error be dispelled, the mists of doubts and misgivings be dissipated, and the lights of knowledge and certitude envelop his being. At that hour will the mystic Herald, bearing the joyful tidings of the Spirit, shine forth from the City of God resplendent as the morn, and, through the trumpet-blast of knowledge, will awaken the heart, the soul, and the spirit from the slumber of negligence. Then will the manifold favours and outpouring grace of the holy and everlasting Spirit confer such new life upon the seeker that he will find himself endowed with a new eye, a new ear, a new heart, and a new mind. He will contemplate the manifest signs of the universe, and will penetrate the hidden mysteries of the soul. Gazing with the eye of God, he will perceive within every atom a door that leadeth him to the stations of absolute certitude. He will discover in all things the mysteries of divine Revelation and the evidences of an everlasting manifestation.
I swear by God! Were he that treadeth the path of guidance and seeketh to scale the heights of righteousness to attain unto this glorious and supreme station, he would inhale at a distance of a thousand leagues the fragrance of God, and would perceive the resplendent morn of a divine Guidance rising above the dayspring of all things. Each and every thing, however small, would be to him a revelation, leading him to his Beloved, the Object of his quest. So great shall be the discernment of this seeker that he will discriminate between truth and falsehood even as he doth distinguish the sun from shadow. If in the uttermost corners of the East the sweet savours of God be wafted, he will assuredly recognize and inhale their fragrance, even though he be dwelling in the uttermost ends of the West. He will likewise clearly distinguish all the signs of God — His wondrous utterances, His great works, and mighty deeds — from the doings, words and ways of men, even as the jeweller who knoweth the gem from the stone, or the man who distinguisheth the spring from autumn and heat from cold. When the channel of the human soul is cleansed of all worldly and impeding attachments, it will unfailingly perceive the breath of the Beloved across immeasurable distances, and will, led by its perfume, attain and enter the City of Certitude. Therein he will discern the wonders of His ancient wisdom, and will perceive all the hidden teachings from the rustling leaves of the Tree — which flourisheth in that City. With both his inner and his outer ear he will hear from its dust the hymns of glory and praise ascending unto the Lord of Lords, and with his inner eye will he discover the mysteries of “return” and “revival.” How unspeakably glorious are the signs, the tokens, the revelations, and splendours which He Who is the King of names and attributes hath destined for that City! The attainment of this City quencheth thirst without water, and kindleth the love of God without fire. Within every blade of grass are enshrined the mysteries of an inscrutable wisdom, and upon every rose-bush a myriad nightingales pour out, in blissful rapture, their melody. Its wondrous tulips unfold the mystery of the undying Fire in the Burning Bush, and its sweet savours of holiness breathe the perfume of the Messianic Spirit. It bestoweth wealth without gold, and conferreth immortality without death. In every leaf ineffable delights are treasured, and within every chamber unnumbered mysteries lie hidden…”
(Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 197)
God bless.

rgvr

God does exists my dear …
In the Hearts of his true believers, in the every small & Large thing u can see or imagine. No human can better guide you than the God thyself, so have a strong faith & ask him for your answers in Life.
All Religions are equally respectful as all are ‘ Pathways ‘ to the Lord thyself, choose one path … stick to it & you will see that Dear God will guide you …
For more details visit INDIA ‘ The Land of Spirituality ‘.
GOD BLESS !

candypants

Sounds bad. Sorry you’re hurting. 🙁
Since you aren’t in an organized religion, maybe try find a good, loving counsellor/psychologist to talk to, just as a starting point? Just to make a road map so you feel more in control of what’s happening inside you? I would suggest someone older than you, ideally of the same sex.
If you don’t have a lot of money, there are churches and community organisations that offer counselling services for free – check out your local telephone directory, or call a church in your area. (they can refer you to a non-religious organisation if you’re uncomfortable talking to them.)
It’s scary to go to a counsellor, because it feels so serious and real – like you’re admitting you really feel out of your depth! it takes bravery to do this, but I give you my word, it’s worth it. Let me know if you want to IM about this, esp if you don’t know what to expect in a session??
If you don’t want to do that, there are a couple books that I’d recommend – but I’m a christian, so maybe these books would freak you out… anyway, here goes:
“Where is God when it hurts?” is a book my Philip Yancey that’s worth reading. It’s not preachy at all, promise… just talks about the confusion and pain of living in a world of suffering, and how people find meaning it the suffering. Any of Philip Yancey’s books are really good to read and NOT bible-bashing, fire-and-brimstone type things.
“The purpose-driven life” (which you’ve probably heard of) is pretty offensive to a lot of people, including myself at times, but it puts life into a dramatically different perspective. Which is sometimes helpful. It basically asks the questions, “what is the point of human beings? why am i here?” etc. Warning, it can be preachy, but just ignore that and focus on the philosophical message behind the preaching.
Ask yourself the tough questions. Be brave. (You sound brave already).
This is a hard time, but you are going to get through it – just make sure you learn as much as you can from it.
Don’t miss anything – keep your eyes open – be calm, there is a plan behind all of this.
And last comment… don’t feel guilty for feeling ungrateful and questioning. God is bigger than you. He doesn’t need your gratitude or blind faith – he wants your furious questions because he will answer them. Scream and shout and argue with him, he can take it. David did it in the Psalms, you’re allowed to do it too.

Sadhara Satguru

Hello Miss
You can join our forum, link on profile, we give guidance & have vast life experience between us all. I’m sure that one of us can help you, maybe more.
Sadhara

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