“The only map that does the spiritual traveler any good is one that leads to the center. When we touch that center point inside ourselves, we find stillness, a great calm beyond words.” – Christina Baldwin “Life’s composition”
A common pagan saying is that all paths lead to the source. It’s an affirmation of our right to exist as a religion.
But it isn’t true.
The sentiment behind it is perfectly valid. But its fault lies in the implication that one experience can be substituted with another. It cannot.
As a teenager I attended a Baptist church with a friend from school. The experience didn’t go well. It wasn’t my path; it had no meaning for me. I have a path that leads to my center and that path is not Christianity. But my Baptist friend was not meant to be a pagan.
On a macrolevel yes, all paths are valid, all paths lead to the source. But on a micro level, on an individual level, no – we are unique our paths unique.