In the story of Adam and Eve, we had a great exchange with a snake who lived in the Tree of Knowledge. That snake was a fallen angel who delivered distorted messages; he was the Prince of Lies, and we were innocent. The snake said to us, ‘Do you want to be like God?’ A simple question, but can you see the trick? If we had said, ‘No, thank you, I am already God,’ we would still be living in Paradise, but we answered, ‘Yes, I want to be like God.’ We didn’t notice the lie; we bit the fruit, we swallowed the lie, and we died. What makes us bite the apple without noticing the lie is the doubt. Before we have the doubt, we don’t even know; the truth is there, and we just live it. Once we ingest the lie, we no longer believe that we are God, and this is when we start to search for God. Next we believe that we have to create a temple to find God; we need a place to worship God. We have to sacrifice everything to reach God; we have to create pain in ourselves, and offer our pain to God. Very soon we have a big temple with thousands of people believing that they are not God. Of course, we need to give God a name, and the result is the creation of religion.
Don Miguel Ruiz in The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery
I believe in our interconnectedness and shared inner light, and more importantly our potential: our ability to awaken awareness and truth from within.