Single words can sum up no one. The truly wise can bleed from one -ism into the next; be many -ists at once. As long as one is able to understand different points of view and penetrate into the deeper truths below the surface of alternative traditions, one can break free of the “box” that the ist and ism places us in.
No matter how much we try to break things down into smaller parts, we cannot escape the reality that everything is connected, essentially, to everything else. Each and every separate part is a piece of a greater whole.
We, as those pieces, represent the conscious aspect of the greater mechanism, as if “God” was observing itself through its own eyes; its own patterns and aspects.
To realize that God and Self are the same, in my understanding, is to realize the teachings of the All Father.
The sacrifice of self, to Self, is one of the many avenues on the age old path to enlightenment or union with Odin, Brahma, God, etc…
Good Sunday to all,