The trouble for mankind has always been that a human being cannot see herself from where she stands.
To look within and discover the Divine inside ourselves, we must have a mirror of some kind. Many individuals throughout history have developed their own mirrors. To share a mirror with another, the edges must be defined, in order to be held and passed around. To create the framework around the mirror which can be understood by others, individuals use either natural or cultural references, or a combination of both. Over time, these frames have often evolved into beliefs and religions. Successive generations add to the frames around the mirror. Unfortunately, this can often lead to the frame becoming too heavy to hold, or to the frame becoming so ornate that it obscures the mirror altogether.
How clear is your mirror?