Although Applied Awareness has been occasionally called Awareism, our practice isn’t a religion but can lead to a better understanding of religion in general. As we learn more about ourselves, it begins to become clear how we’re all alike no matter our religious affiliations.
Practicing Applied Awareness, we remain mindful of what beliefs are, not what our particular beliefs may be. We’re mindful that our beliefs, born of our incredible capacity to speculate, are our personal placeholders for missing information, and nothing more.
Ricky Gervais did a wonderful job explaining how alike we all are on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He points out that we are all agnostics because in the grand scheme of things, none of us know for sure who or what is out there.
We adopt different beliefs so that some of us are agnostic/Christian, agnostic/Atheist, agnostic/Buddhist, agnostic/Muslim, etc. Gervais then went on to point out that there are roughly 3,000 gods when you add them all up, so no matter our religious beliefs, we already don’t believe in the existence of 2,999 of them. If you hold this concept in mind, then technically an Atheist only believes in the existence of just one less God than a Christian. — Doing just the math, we are still 99.97% the same. Yes, that’s closer than 99.5% in our genetics.
I was once deeply committed to Buddhism. Though I found great value in the knowledge I gained, it imposed some very real mental limitations when I began studying how meditation works. If I had to classify myself as anything today I would say that I am doing my best to not subscribe to any belief systems so I can better study my mind without being influenced.
Studying the human thought process and how meditation works also sheds further light on how we all think alike — not the same things necessarily, but in the exact same way. We choose how to interpret a situation and then choose how to react to our interpretations. The constant making of these two choices is how our minds function. We make these choices using a combination of what we’ve learned in the past (our memories), our emotions (emotional state), and our ability to speculate in order to fill in the blanks for missing information. In this respect we are all exactly the same, endlessly making the same two choices using the same three mental assets of memory, emotions, and speculation.
It’s important to keep our likeness in mind because we can cause a lot of problems when we forget, or ignore it. We begin to blame, fear, hate, and sometimes cause harm to one another. Our personal peace and our only real chance for the world peace billions of people have prayed for over many hundreds of years, depend upon recognizing our sameness, not ignoring it.