Are You An Omnist? (What Is Omnism and Why Is It Significant?)

I can’t lie…I’m literally drafting this the night before because I totally didn’t know what to write about for this Sunday. I know that I’m fascinated by all things spiritual, metaphysical, and philosophical, but I was still looking for a way to research and categorize that…

 

So I’m looking for inspiration and relevant articles on Pinterest, Reddit, Google…anything that might inspire me to write…and then I found this word:

 

Omnism…

 

Hmm…

 

Now, because I meditate a lot, I’m familiar with the word “Om”. There’s not really a way to define it because it’s not really a “word”.

 

It’s origins are in ancient Sanskrit. According to an article by Mindy Arbuckle on the Yogi Times website, rishis- Hindu sages/saints- chanted Om when they meditated. They felt the “essence” of it as an “experience”.

 

In essence, Om is more of a sound than a word. From what I’ve read, it’s the “primordial sound of the universe”.

 

I’m kicking myself right now, because I can’t for the life of me remember which f*cking book I read that in. I’ve read little bits of a couple Eastern philosophy & religion books (which I’ll have to finish and add to a list of must-reads for the blog), including the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali.

 

That one is like a guidebook for Yogis…but I left it in my fiance’s room in the U.K…

 

…I know, I’m a hot mess…

 

Anyway, I could talk your ear off about some of this stuff for a while now. Let’s relate it back to the original point of this post…

 

What Is Omnism?

I found a few definitions of this word:

  • Merriam-Webster: one that believes in all religions

  • Quora: …a branch of philosophy that embraces all religions

  • Wikipedia: …the recognition and respect of all religions

 

They’re all pretty close to the original pin I found on Pinterest (pinned from this post by Lonerwolf).

 

I like the definition on that pin the best. Why? Because it’s the closest description to how I feel about religion and spirituality.

 

A Little About My Spiritual Journey So Far…

I don’t mean to talk about myself so much. Mostly, I just want to give you somebody to relate to if you’ve gone through the same thing. We’re never as alone as we think we are.

 

When I was younger, I identified mainly with Christianity. It was the familiar religion.

 

I couldn’t fathom the world without the deity we called “God” and His Son, Jesus Christ. And again, this was more out of familiarity than genuine belief…that’s just what I knew.

 

(Any of my religious friends or family…you might want to stop reading this right about…now.)

 

But the more I learned about the world and the universe and how small we really were in the grand scheme of things…I started to wonder if all the little things that we cared about were really that significant.

 

Like, if there really is a God, or Someone or Something like God…why would He/She/It care about human money or what we did with our bodies or how we felt love?

 

I don’t know…just all the things we tend to worry about seem…unimportant…and Earthly.

 

(All these questions started coming about when I took Philosophy 101 in college. The professor was amazing; I won’t name him here for the sake of his privacy, but he was dope).

 

But somehow, the idea that there was nothing didn’t quite make sense, either. I mean, hell, look at how organized and intricate the world and the universe are. Sure, you could argue that it’s totally random…but sounds a little like a cop out to me.

 

We just don’t have the info to fill in the blanks, so we make the conclusion that makes the most sense to us.

 

There Are Common Themes In Known Religions

Polytheistic and monotheistic alike.

 

Most of them have deities or divine beings that have authority over something specific with an authority at the center of it all.

 

Even certain rules are the same…the “dos and don’ts”, if you will.

So recently, I just started saying, “I think they’re all important”.

 

They all have their place, all have teachings that we can learn from.

 

I’m an Omnist…Are You?

So this was kind of a short Spiritual Sunday post just to make you think.

 

I feel like we tend to get lost in the sauce a bit when it comes to Spirituality and all the categories that there are to fit into…

 

Because what if you don’t fit into any of them?

 

I definitely didn’t. But I wasn’t sure what to call that.

 

Now I have a new word for it…and I’ll definitely be writing more about it in the weeks to come.

 

So what do you think? Do you think you might be an omnist, too?

 

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2 thoughts on “Are You An Omnist? (What Is Omnism and Why Is It Significant?)

  1. It was nice to hear your journey. Like you I was raised in a Christian home. I always had questions but my searching began full force when in college I was explaining the Easter story to my friend who was Sykh. After he told me a story from his religion he said “ isn’t it funny how we both believe our religions miracle but not the others, all because of where we were born and raised?” He was right. Now I am a mother of three. One in college and two in high school. We have lived in two countries and visited many more. They have been raised to see the beauty in all religions and to show respect. I have been accused of not leading them in the Christian way or even better chickening out because I didn’t pick a “way”. My children while overseas went to Catholic and Medodist schools. They can explain the Bible, Koran and Torah better than most. They have been taught to ask questions and challenge ideas. In the end their faith is their own and I am proud of them all. All though we have used the term interfaith or universalist I think at heart we are truly Omnist.

    1. Hey, that’s great to hear! Yeah, I dislike this whole ‘pick a team’ mentality. It’s applied to almost everything right now. I figure as long as you’re always doing your best to be kind, there’s nothing wrong with asking questions or disagreeing.

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