Spiritual diversity has become incredibly important to me. I wonder why is it that people believe what it is that they believe, and why is it that certain faiths create struggles within each other while other faiths harmoniously merge with other faiths of the world. How does modern science prove that ancient teachings are beneficial to our lives. The more I research the more I question and look at all the world’s religions, the more I see common strains that run through all of them. The oldest belief systems on the planet is Animism and originates as far back as the paleolithic age. Animistic beliefs came before any organized religion and observed everything to be spiritual in nature, animism puts emphasis on the uniqueness of each soul. “Soul” or “Breath” are associated with being the roots of the word Animism. Animism has some of the most fundamental understanding in any spiritual practice. We have yet to scientifically prove the existence of spirit but the understanding of Animism is that there is no distinction between the spirit and physical world, all things natural live together connecting to an infinite universe whole. Tribal Natives view Animism simply as everyday life and don’t have a word for “Animism”. Before cutting wood Pagans would ask for forgiveness to the tree spirit because in their culture trees were thought of as sacred deities. Animist followers use shamanism as their way of communicating to Earth’s spirits, healers who access/influence the world of good and bad spirits. Shamans use trance rituals reaching states of consciousness in order to perceive or interact with the spirit world. This belief system has shown itself in the core understandings of a number of eastern and western religions. With everything we know about quantum physics, we are beginning to see the same belief system presented in a much more logical and scientific manner. Put simply, quantum mechanics breaks physical things down into their purest and most basic form, attempting to discover the ultimate source from where they are derived. That everything is apart of this grand infinite unified whole of moving energy that so far we don’t know how to understand. It’s like these ancient people had the same exact understanding and expressed it in ways humans can understand through symbology. They experienced it by living through life unlike the way we today are experiencing life which is through technology. By moving forward we are moving towards this ancient understanding. By looking at these ancient belief systems we begin to wrap our heads around what these ancients knew and understood and how we might actually reintegrate that ideology back into our lives but with a more complete scientific understanding about what it is we are interacting with. What is the mind of God? As we continue to look at culture over the course of history, we begin to see evolution of cultures in pre existing ones. Take India for example. One of the oldest faiths practiced on this planet is Hinduism. Hinduism’s understanding is describing everything in the universe through iconography/symbolism. The Gods they worship represent different aspects of the divine reality, the universal spirit that works inside and outside of an individual. This religion has a holy trinity of Gods. Brahma the creator of the universe, Vishnu being the preservation of the universe, and Shiva being all of the chaos in order rebuild and create anew. There are many levels through this hierarchy of creation, each part of a greater whole manifesting itself in different ways which unite various different traditions in the minds of men, creating new matrices of devotion. A Hindu worships one or many Gods, often both depending on family upbringing, community, or personal choice. The spiritual goal of Hindus is to put a stop to the rebirth of reincarnation and to be united with God also known as Moksha. This is achieved through the path of knowledge or devotion. The path of knowledge is the path of study, yoga, and meditation while the path of devotion is praising and worshipping God. Worldly activities such as the pursuit of wealth, power, love, and pleasure must be performed in harmony with Dharma. Their scriptures the Vedas define orthodoxy. Hinduism is the meeting of this tradition with many other smaller local traditions adapting and living with each other. Hinduism is thus, a loose assembly of communities and families of varying practices of the faith. Out of Hinduism, new philosophies started to emerge such as Buddhism and Jainism. Both beings who came out of these faiths the Buddha and Mahavira marked a turning point for spiritual practice. While Hinduism used symbology to describe the universe, Buddhism and Jainism paths expanded upon that and gave people a much deeper experience on what to follow in order to achieve enlightenment. Jainism religion rose from the Ganges basin of India. Mahavira was very similar to Buddha in the way that he was born into royalty but left his royalty in stride of another life. He faced suffering and hardship while walking across India naked. As he walked he gained disciples who listened to Mahavira’s revelations . In Jain practice the freeing of the soul from its karma is what is focused most upon. Like Buddha, Mahavira prioritized the teaching of self discipline, severe austerities, as well as fasting and vegetarianism. All though there is no doctrine of a creator, Jains respect God as the supreme spirit which is seen as highest potential of all souls. It is apparent that the Mahavira had this spirit within him and is why he was the center of devotion. Jains vow to god morals, most prominently this faith has built a reputation for nonviolence. Moral reasonings has been an important tradition to the faiths i’ve discussed above. In reference to other religious scripture.”God gave to Adam a law, as a covenant of works, by which he bound him and all his posterity, to personal, attire, exact, and perpetual obedience, promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it, and endued him with power and the ability to keep it.” Human values you can see are common across all cultures. They represent the molding of social progress, justice, and virtue.The Rig Veda a Hindu text reads ” Sweet blows the breeze for him who lives by law, rivers for him pour sweets. So, as we live by law, may the plants be sweet to us.” Modern science and ancient wisdom have been illuminating each other with new research. So many doors open up when we apply the understandings of ancient science in what we know today. Ways in which science is using your mind to change your brain to benefit the whole. Key scientific research is continually growing for mindfulness and meditation, positive psychology, consciousness and ego, as well as ancient nutrition. This scientific research proves a point that good morals, mindfulness, and discipline is still of very much use in today’s world. Taoism teaches that each individual is on a path to finding Tao in their own way. This may be confusing for people to grasp as many of us want a concrete definition of life. Taoism goal is to unlock one’s own inner nature. Accepting yourself is the biggest key to unlocking the understanding of Tao . The word Tao can be summarized as “The way”, a force cultivating balance and the flow of nature. Yin and Yang is the concept of all things existing as inseparable contradictory opposites. Taoism like other religions knows that every person has a personal connection the the flow of the universe and everything within it being One with God. If you look at any religion in the world, it is the Abrahamic religions that have been notoriously famous for fighting with each other over religious perspective ultimately creating new branches of the religion. If you look at Eastern traditions such as Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism they all have an understanding and respect for each other’s perspective and the wars that take place in those cultures are based on resources. Where as Christianity and Islam all seem to have the perspective that says their ideology is the right way and the only way. This it where the term “Spiritual Diversity” can mean two different things. To many people the word means having respect towards the unique spiritual experiences of each person. But to some this word can take on a sinister tone. To some this word means to weaken traditional values and “dismantle Christianity” by giving light to alternative pathways not according to the Christian ideology. It can be complicated for an individual to understand why there are so many different views in religion. This is a reason why some people turn to Atheism, the contradicting ideas and suffering these religions have caused can turn people away from religion. Truth can have different perspectives because of the lens through which people view events differently. The fact religions contradict each other means that the truth is relative. Religion evolves with culture, the spiritual part of religion comes down to individuals seeking connectedness. A mountain starts off with many paths but all comes together at the top. The reason we have so many religions is because we’ve evolved as humans to seek purposeful activity and find meaning and prosperity with all mankind. Unfortunately, due to corrupt leadership, conflicts were created to divert humans from global brotherhood.