Jesus wasn’t a Christian, Siddhartha wasn’t a Buddhist, and Lao Tzu wasn’t a Taoist. They were individuals who stripped away everything but the essential truths about life that are in all of us if we have the courage to look.

We are capable of following the same process; peeling back the layers of convention and societal indoctrination that tell us how we “should” live our lives, seeing through our ego’s desperate attempts to convince us to be afraid and isolated, realising that life is living through us, all of us, and that forgiveness and love are the universal truths that lead to the peace that we all seek.

We don’t need to follow someone else’s path, and we certainly don’t need to be subject to the dogma, rules, rituals and power structures that all religions have used to bury the universal truths even deeper than they already are.

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