Jason Mraz checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@jasonmraz) on Friday (July 24), talking about how cults are equivalent to culture, and should be celebrated rather than viewed negatively. The singer songwriter tells readers:
Throughout my travels I’ve used every resource imaginable to inspire my journey. As a kid I grew up thanking Jesus for food and protective sleep. At various times I enrolled in the Baptist Church and went on many summer vacations with devout families and their loving children. In my late teens I started experimenting, first with alcohol and tobacco (the REAL gateway drugs) and then with sex, pills, pot, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Church of Scientology. I took one of L. Ron Hubbard’s life-improvement courses in effort to better organize my daily routine and it worked for me. I cleaned myself up, got a job, and started believing in my own dreams. At 18 I worked at a bookstore dog-ear-alphabetizing New Age books which opened even more doors to fantastic realms of new thought, metaphysics, and astrology. Every door offered new insight and a wicked perspective, therefore I doubt I’ll ever settle on one single brand of philosophy. As a writer especially, I find it’s important to practice this kind of cafeteria-religion, picking and choosing the ingredients that best suit my adventurous diet.
These days I draw Runes. I carry a lunar calendar and monitor planetary transits. I read from a daily spiritual diary written by a beloved Hindu Swami. Some days I pray to God, other days I feel I AM God. The Buddha in me believes in no God at all, while the romantic in me begs to find purpose in everything. Between tours I sign up to sit with Shamans and drink their natural medicine. I practice Yoga of many varieties. I love science and surfing, embracing the mysteries of the sky and the seas. I love believing in a soul mate, even though sometimes I feel I have no soul to share. But other times I feel my soul IS the entire universe already being absorbed by all. From that vast and expansive galaxy view, to be human is to be in a cult. So I can be in yours too if you’ll have me.