"Somewhere in our history religion became synonymous with God.
Religion is a longing for something, but it is not the thing itself. The thing itself does not need religion. In fact, religion may be the great barrier, because it is so rule-bound and convincing, so driven by ego ("Our" God is the true God).
Spirit, the thing itself, needs nothing to define it.
It cannot be described; it cannot be owned.
It can only be experienced in its wild passion and its love.
It can be encountered, not studied.
The mind cannot grasp it, though it will forever try.
That which we long for has the character of a single relationship, with infinite forms.
All longing is spirit longing for itself.
Spirit may appear as a child, a starlit night, new love, music, art, terror, tragedy, beauty...
It comes disguised. "
Paula D'Arcy in A set of New Eyes