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:






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?


Leave your comments down below!


Written by Ada


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  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.

    • 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.

  2. OMG! I never thought I’d even hear or read about other Omnists but I’m glad I decided to. I was born without a faith or religion but I knew all about it, although I raised with a logical or rational mindset, but somewhere deep all of everything didn’t make sense. So I started out on a 7 year experience of extensive research, and self discovery. But anyway, there is a source of information on everything, The Urantia Book.

  3. Just wanted to give you a stronger definition to what it means to be an Omnist. I have been one for years, even though my studies were primarily focused and rooted in Christianity.

    Q) What is Omnism?

    A) Omnism is the recognition and respect of all religions or lack there of; those who hold this belief are called Omnists.

    Q) Do you have your own belief system?

    A) Yes and no. Omnists are driven to find the truth, regardless of what belief system those truths are found. Where religious systems are bound to their traditional followings, Omnists do not share those boundaries and can find truth in any of the different systems.

    Q) Do you have any core belief system?

    A) Yes, of course. Depending on what truths an Omnist is searching for, every Omnist will have a core belief system they follow; mine is Christianity.

    Q) Do you have to give up anything to be an Omnist?

    A) No. You give up nothing, not your beliefs, not your views/thoughts/opinions.

    Q) In your own words – describe what it is to be an Omnist.

    A) An Omnist is a person who has outgrown the religious systems of the world, and instead try to find truths and values on their own – through research, reading, learning other systems outside their own core beliefs, listening to others and also the ‘still small voice’. I personally feel I have outgrown the church, not in the aspect that I am against it, instead I am just not being fed anymore from it and for an Omnist, that stagnation of knowledge is not acceptable. A true Omnist feels they should, “always learn, always grow”.

    Q) Do Omnists have anything against agnostics, skeptics, or atheists?

    A) Agnostics, no. Skeptics, no. Atheists, yes. Atheists are against all beliefs – and systematically find ways to ‘demystify’ these systems to draw others into their own beliefs. So while Atheists suggest religions are pointless and there are no Gods, deities, or spiritual beings – they have only created their own religion in the process. While some of those calling themselves an atheist might disagree with what I just said, when you have repeating congregations of atheists – such as the annual convention ; you’re doing more than just going to a convention you are assembling with others who ‘believe’ as you do. This is called church no matter how you want to rationalize it. Most atheists like to think of themselves as being ‘enlightened’ by ‘truth’ ; but unfortunately have only been brainwashed by a religion they refuse to accept as being one.

    Q) Can anyone be an Omnist?

    A) Yes. It’s not a religion in of itself – instead it’s a way of thinking, and values that make someone one. You cannot acquire titles, or a higher level of religious hierarchy from being a Omnist. All growth and knowledge is generally from the spiritual pursuits of one’s self.

    Q) How does one become an Omnist?

    A) Read, listen, learn, grow. Dare to find the truths for yourself, instead of having people tell you what these truths are, as they see them. Be willing to find truths in beliefs and views outside your own core system. As an Omnist, I can say that the breaking out of the box view that one book contains all the truth you need – was extremely liberating spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. God did not just talk to one people, or one tribe, or one following – God talks to all of his children and reaches them no matter where they are, or what belief they come from. Omnists believe that God, is God, is God. The pursuit of God, is the key to most if not all Omnists values.

    Q) Do Omnists believe in more than one God?

    A) Omnists can believe in more than one God, or believe that God is a singular omnipotent being. Either are acceptable. In the Jewist and Christian beliefs, the commandment is “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” , not that one cannot have any other gods; just none before the Father. One of the other references, “Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil.’” (Genesis 3:22b-24). Who is God referring to ? Surely not the angels because God is far beyond them. Finally the various challenges between God, and other lesser gods, such as the sticks into serpents in the story of Moses/Aaron. There are obvious signs there are ‘others’ like God the Father, just not as powerful.

  4. Hi! I know this is an old post but thank you! I was raised Christian and still believe in God, but never really practiced or went to church or anything like that. I started becoming interested and witchcraft and paganism and started wondering, is this a sin? Is it possible to believe or support multiple religions? I don’t practice anything in particular but am very interested in all religions as I don’t feel there is one right one. Also, many of them are similar like you said.

    • No problem! I’m glad it gave you some perspective. Definitely keep exploring; if there is a God, I don’t think He’s as limited as we are.

  5. I just recently came across the term earlier today. Hence how I found your blog. I wasn’t raised in a religious household. I grew up in a Methodist church. I attended it by myself. I first got turned off by church a little as a young teen when my Mom told me about a lady at the same church said that my autistic brother didn’t belong there when we were both just little kids. I got into watching some shows a few years later that made more sense to me scientifically then the original Biblical stories. Noah, being a good example. With poor translations of words (like “land” and “Earth”) probably causing trouble. A lot of our current English language is words borrowed from other languages. It took hundreds of years to evolve and it’s still changing. I would also point out lack of knowledge of what was on the planet. Surely he didn’t know of animals in North America that existed during his life. This is assuming he was a real person. It wasn’t until I was probably around 23 when I finally became in atheists.

    The my dad passed away over 2 years ago when I was 27 (just turned 30 recently). Off and on, I’ve been feeling lost. Some days, I wish I still had belief in an afterlife and wanting to go back to church, but I know it won’t be the same for me after being an atheist.

    So when I came across this term earlier, I actually liked it. It acknowledges that no one religion is correct, but that they all have some truths. And I would have to extend on that it has good morals and lessons. Back to the Noah story. I may not accept that it actually happened in the way the Bible describes it, but it does teach an important lesson of planning ahead.

    And I know science doesn’t hold all the answers either. It acknowledges that it has it’s limitations or it hasn’t been explored enough, because we’re not there yet (look how long it took to get modern medicine people of old would probably kill for). Lots of trial and error. This kind of have me a new perspective and rekindled a little flame for me that died out years ago. I’d like to know more on becoming in Omnist.

    • Wow 🙂 Thank you for sharing. Yeah, it’s been a long time since I wrote this post but I think I need to revisit it. There’s a lot of what you said that I can identify with. And I still identify pretty strongly with this word. Thanks for putting this back on my radar.

  6. I’m lost I’ve had long discussions about religion with many friends but the idea that anyone who doesn’t believe in the right religion will perish and live in that’s religion’s underworld is just way too horrific to think about why can’t all religions be correct so that everyone is allowed to live by their god instead of shaming the world because they don’t believe the same as whichever religion is truly correct

  7. I am just now getting out of high school and I was raised in a Christan household and still am to this point. I have always believed in what else there is to life other than what one person says there is. Then I started looking into different religions in high school for a project in class and I found truths in all of them or at least most of them I found truths for me and what I thought about everything and I just came across this term tonight and I thought I was alone and I didn’t belong in any religion or belief until now. I have been searching for people who believe the exact same thing I do and I notice that no one is ever going to believe the same that I am and that okay because not everyone’s truth is the same. I’m just really happy that I found a group of people that think the same way I do

  8. I have always been raised in a Christian household and to this day still have adults around me with that religious belief. its not that i don’t believe in God but that i just have had so many struggles with just believing in just this one faith. As i grew up this faith was used as a punishment and was used as something to make me think that if i did wrong i would always be in the wrong. But once i got older i started thinking more for myself. and i noticed that i feel and believe certain things in different religions. so i have never known what i truly believe in. i have always been told that there is only one God. one faith. one everything. But i believe differently. I never knew how to feel about this specific “belief or faith” or how to talk about it because not many people understand what im trying to explain. and because of this i felt alone but once i met a couple people who understood what i was saying. i felt better. because not only was i not alone. others were understanding what i meant. and knowing that im not by myself in it all makes me feel alot better.

    • Yeah, I understand that. Way I see it, anyone who uses religion as a punishment is using it to enact their own agendas. If it were truly about God, they would say a little prayer and leave it to Him. I can’t see how someone or something supposedly as big as God would get caught up in the petty day-to-days of the human race ;).

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