Religion, as we know it, has become a commodity. At one time, it was a process of individual revelation and discovery. But now, it is product, to be packaged and sold to the clamoring masses. Witness our churches. In the Middle Ages, the church was a place in which mysteries were revealed and the soul was opened. Now, churches are built like theaters in which the congregation sits to witness a performance. No longer are they participants in the mystery, they are consumers of a seemingly endless series of "thou-shalts" and "thou-shalt-nots", and petty prejudices of self-appointed holy-men. Where, in such an environment, comes the moment that opens one's soul, which brings one into contact with the divinity that dwells within each of us? The simple truth of the matter is that it is not to be found there. Nor is it to be found in the thundering emptiness of the words spoken by the holy-men on the stage. Their egos have become so wrapped up in delivering a message that they have forgotten the message. All that comes through is their own pride and prejudice colored by whatever doctrine they claim to be preaching to their audience. But what of the audience? What responsibility do they bear? They all feel some sense of something beyond themselves; else they would not be in the audience. They all seek to become part of something greater than themselves, all the while forgetting that they are merely participating in a cult of personality. Where does this leave us, then? We must seek out those experiences which reveal the divine or sacred in everything around us. Through this process, mere faith is supplanted by experience. No longer do we need to rely upon the ego rooted prattling of the holy-men. We take over the responsibility for own spiritual awakening and, so to speak, cut out the middle-man. We can use the words of the teachers of whatever tradition we choose to follow, but we must always bear in mind that those words simply serve as guideposts.