My thoughts and questions... Please forgive if not appropriate.
I'm not sure exactly what to say here, but I feel compelled to say something...
(please excuse if I use the wrong wording for something. Above all, I mean NOTHING in a negative way, so if it comes out sounding a little wrong/inaccurate, it's just because I am a litte ignorant
OK. First of all... I am not religious or spiritual in any way. And I feel just fine about it. I am happy this way. However... I recently learned a little bit more about Quakers, whereas before I knew nothing about it. For some reason I feel extremely touched by this (...what do you call it? Religion? Spirituality? Ideology? Something else?). I usually do not understand religion.... it's just not something I relate to, on the whole. So often there seems to be so many strong opinions, beliefs, etc that divide and breed anger and hate... and that just makes me sad. The "rules" and doctrines quite literally don't make any sense to me at all. When I was reading and discovering about "Friends", I felt the complete opposite. I was amazed that there was some type of religion that made sense to me in every way. I am completely intrigued and would love to find out more, and perhaps make a visit to a meeting.
I am not really looking to change my mind about my personal (or lack of) religion/spirituality/etc-- quite frankly I feel nothing in that sense (not saying that I'm not open to it though, anything is possible, just not very probable for me). I hope that's okay to say here... I don't want to upset anyone. Maybe you think (and I am not saying that you do) that it's just because I haven't found God yet, or can't hear God, I don't know... but I personally don't feel that way. It's not something I can adequately explain. I am sure that this would make some people angry at me, but I am hoping that I am free to say that here.
I guess that's why I'm not sure what my point is. I just feel like I "get it" now. Something inside of me was changed.
Can I ask how all of you became a Quaker (do you prefer to be called a Friend? I'm sorry... I'm so afraid to step on toes with my ignorance)? What was it that led you to finding it? I hope it's okay to ask you questions in your thread, I don't want you to feel barged-in on. I was going to start a new thread just for my musings and questions, but I searched back a few pages first and found this one. Anything that you'd like to share with me would be great. I am just so intrigued, which is (honestly) rather unlike me for this topic.
Thank-you so much.