The Non-Conformist

Kyle Shiver

Kyle Shiver INHA

Right off-hand, I can think of just a few people who really know me. I mean who really know me. They know my secrets, they know the inner workings of Kyle. Any of these people would tell you that I am a “non-conformist”. My personal Spiritual advisor prefers the term “free range chicken” and grins when he says it, because he too is a “free range chicken”. We just march to our own beat, and that is that.

My advisor is also quick to remind me that there is a flip-side to everything. We live in a world of duality, and this means that to choose one thing, means to not choose the other. If you have a job, then you will spend most of your life there, in exchange for money and health benefits. If you don’t have a job, you can have your freedom, but you might not have any money, and you won’t have health benefits. This is how we navigate through life, and my way of navigating is a bit different from most people who I know. And that is okay. My advisor and I are both “self-employed”, so that we have our freedom, and we usually have money. He is a veteran so he goes to the V.A. hospital, and I just go to the neighborhood clinic. We get by.

As far as Spirituality and Religion are concerned, I believe in God. I believe that God is everyone’s God, not just for some. I believe we are all people, no matter our color, our nationality, no matter anything. The Universal Laws apply to everyone. Jesus helps me in my relationship with God. Buddhism helps me in my relationship with God. Taoism helps me with my relationship with God. Raja Yoga helps me in my relationship with God. I also want to point out that it is not necessary to go back century’s for assistance. Why should I worry about what someone said that someone said thousands of years ago? We have plenty of more recent way-showers like OSHO, and Paramahansa Yogananda, who have made the transition, and here with us we have people like Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, Pastor Joel Osteen, the Course in Miracles, and many more. It is true that I sometimes refer to OSHO as my “guru”, but this is simply to say that I read and listen to his books and talks more than anyone else’s. I have a library of books though, about the brain, energy healing, positive thinking, the New Testament, the Buddha sutra’s, … I have a lot of books.

So even though those closest to me and myself included, have thought of me as a “non-conformist”, let it be known that I am no such thing. I conform totally to God and the Laws of the Universe. I believe that I have a purpose and have been fulfilling it for 20 years, and have had no other job since 1998. I conformed to marriage, I conform to owning a house, I conform to working hard, and I spend most of my time working. It is a good thing I love all the things I do!

Politics and religion? It makes me cringe when people start talking politics and religion. I watch people conform, join a team, take sides, draw lines, and decide that their way is the only way, and this is disheartening to me. I hear people say things like “I work for what I have and why can’t they? Let them starve!” One night I actually witnessed two people in a very violent fist fight, and they were arguing about the Bible. Great. I have learned to giggle.  Here in the south, up north, everywhere I have lived, there have been a lot of “Christians”. We are in America, and so it is only fitting. I can only say that Jesus would have never signed off on you spending all that money on your church. NEVER. He would have fed the poor. Jesus would not have asked you to vote on “Should we feed hungry children? or should we spend the money on bombs, even though we already have enough bombs to totally destroy the planet 10 or 15 times over?”

I am not always right. I don’t think that I know the way and the only way. The one thing I am sure of is that I do not know. But from here on out, I am going to see myself as a “conformist”, even though to some it may appear that I am a non conformist. I conform to God’s will as best I can. Sometimes I do the wrong thing, sometimes I say the wrong thing, and sometimes I have no idea what to do. I do know though, that I am not going to decide that I know the way and the only way, take sides, draw lines, and separate myself from you. Jesus and Buddha and every way-shower that has ever lived or who is living now has told us that “WE ARE ONE”. As far as I’m concerned, you are allowed to be you and to be just like you are. If you condemn me to hell, I still love you anyway and that is cool. If we separate, it isn’t because of me, and that is all I can do.

Many blessings to you,

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