Hello Soul searchers, we meet again.
Once more summer has arrived and I will be making my yearly sojourn to the beautiful Bay Area of San Francisco. My plan this year is to spend a month letting spirit flow so I am able to share and be shared by as many wonderful people as possible. I have considered having a couple days spent in nature gatherings to break bread and discuss whatever your heart needs to know, a question and answer day. We are all in such different spaces in our growth that it doesn't serve for me to have just one topic to present. There are so many questions for so many situations and an open forum works so well. Not everyone may be having one particular issue but the revisiting of many topics is always enlightening and validating.
I have not set any dates yet and wait to hear if anyone has an idea or would like to host a gathering. Please let me know.
My California dates are:
July 9th, 2012 - Aug 9th, 2012
For those wanting sessions please let me know soon as I am filling out my schedule now, the more I have in place before I arrive the easier it is on me and the wonderful people who take care of me when I am there. This is an opportunity to take advantage of for those who enjoy the one on one sessions. This is something I try to provide everyone each year. Your patronage not only benefits your spiritual growth and physical health but also brings needed prosperity into my life that allows me to make these long cross country trips. Please feel free to share this with your friends.
Sessions fees: $150 If there is a hardship we can discuss it.
Gathering fees: $50.00 plus bring a dish to share
Gatherings will be about 6 hours
My sister Linda will be coming with me again this year for a couple weeks, we had such a good time last year and I so enjoyed sharing my amazing life with her. She must have enjoyed herself because she wants to come again!!
As I move into to this I want to offer you a challenge to really reflect on what I am talking about, think, see if you are able to see a different perspective and let some part of it push you further along your path. Open that wonderful heart of yours so you can hear this.
Spirituality and the Values of Life
I haven't written in a long while, nearly a year. I have been learning, yeah, like it ever stops (laughing). I notice the further I move along my path the less I have to say because to be honest I just don't have the language to language it. You would think after all this time I would have written a couple books and be writing everyday but it hasn't worked out that way at all. The information is out there in every shade imaginable and I don't feel the need to get on that particular path. So I relax and write when inspired. This year I have been waiting for that moment of inspiration to hit me and since I have actually sat down and started this it must be the moment I was waiting for. So lets see how this goes.
Over this last year many new questions have come up for me. Having moved from the Bay Area to Flagstaff, Arizona was a real culture shock but the move from there to here in Blue Hill, Nebraska has been an even bigger shock. To move from very liberal to semi liberal to very conservative persuasions of life has thrown me for a loop and things I have taken for granted for a long while are suddenly in my face and I have had to re-evaluate my understanding. Typically more a conservative I find myself here to be pretty liberal in my thinking considering my present surroundings. It has made me question if, in my state of being neutral, am I really? I have had to do some adjusting in a big way. On the subjects of organized religion, women's rights, and healing modalities my head has been in a whirl of confusion at times. I am seeing how life is like one of those connect the dot pictures one plays on the placemat in a restaurant. It is funny how in the causes we take on as citizens so many of the dots are left disconnected. In my brain this is not easy to decipher since I am a connect ALL the dots kinda woman. As time has gone by though I have had more life experience, gained more knowledge and become more tolerant. I want to write about my observations.
Spirituality: Of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. Not concerned with material values or pursuits.
Of, or pertaining to religion or religious belief.
What I know to be true in the world is not really true and is constantly changing and being revised. In all this world I have found only one thing to be true and that is that there is a Source/Spirit/God/Goddess (whatever name you choose to give it), that has created this playground. It can't be denied, it can be seen in the precision of creation in every living thing on this planet. It is an unexplainable something that has created our world and the universe. That after our creation we may have been continually evolving is not hard to understand but that doesn't deny being created. Life is life and I just can't see it being a random happening. Is it like all the religions and scientists or society thinks it is? Highly unlikely. At some point maybe man will be smart enough to figure it out but that is probably a very long way off. Personally I feel it is obvious that in all our discoveries we are just re-engineering something that has already been engineered. There is an explanation for literally everything in existence, its just a matter of having enough knowledge to understand it, for example, magic is only magic till a person understands how the trick is done or the unknown is only unknown till someone "knows" it.
Do you realize that for every pair of socks in the world there is that many belief systems? Each of those beliefs holds a claim of absolute legitimacy, be it science, religion, politics, demographics, race, culture, gender and we will kill to protect those beliefs. We will instill fear, promise salvation, torture, discriminate, hate, pass judgement, abuse, ostracize and those who postulate those beliefs usually have power and money at its root. It is my belief that if the belief system has money and power at its root inevitably it becomes corrupted. Even though this is my truth that does not mean that all those beliefs don't make the world go round. Nor does it mean that a person can't reach their spiritual pinnacle inside those beliefs either, because they absolutely can and do. Each of us knows what feels right for our life, there is no right or wrong to it. We can only understand something, anything, from the well of our own personal life experiences.
So long as a person can question, (which life demands of us), have the ability for discernment and can be open to new information their soul will continue its spiritual journey. The spiritual journey is an internal quest and our conscious reality is just a catalyst for that inner growth. The journey stagnates when we get lost in all the things I mentioned above. When we lose the ability to question and blindly accept what we are told our growth stops. For thousands of years man (power) has tried to push everyone to be the same, talk the same, act the same. Individuality or being different in any way was a cause to be put to death, yet it is our individuality and the sharing of all our ideas that allows humanity to gather knowledge, progress. It is no wonder it is taking us so long to figure things out.
You know what our problem is?? Simply put, we are ignorant, pityingly so. We lack knowledge and just knowing that should humble us beyond measure. Its like we are innocents bungling along and know not the damage that we do, to ourselves and to others. It is sad to watch people so strong in their beliefs that they automatically dismiss (adamantly dismiss), out of hand anything that does not agree with their belief system out of fear of something new.
Basically, our spiritual journey has little to do with our life values and everything to do with those values. We can't have one without the other. The knowledge we gather relates to self-discovery, or should. None of it should be easily dismissed, it should be examined and ran through your inner filters of what you know to be true in your life, not what someone has told you is true. There is a very strong need to discover your "own" truth, we can never know enough, nothing is absolute. The moment we accept something as absolute our growth stops. I wouldn't be surprised to learn the world is something much more than just a round rock in the future.
I believe after all these years of studying and learning and growing that our spirituality is not just our trying to picking the right belief and then handing the responsibility for our lives over to some unseen entity, entities, or organizations, its much more than that. For most of my life I have asked myself how people come to believe as they do. It holds great interest for me. I discovered it was family values and traditions, life experiences, desperation, tragedies, loneliness, depressions, despair, death, social acceptance, confusion, all of these things lead us to our belief systems. It is as if at some point our load becomes too heavy to bear and we surrender to whatever belief without questioning it for after all it has temporarily saved us from our plight. It is as if we don blinders and can no longer "see" beyond the belief that has rescued us. It is not that I feel this is wrong it is just that because we have been rescued it does not mean that we should no longer search, question, discern and learn. I am a total believer and live in surrender to Source/Spirit/God/Goddess but that does not mean that I can stop searching, learning, relearning and progressing my spirituality. In my world Source/Spirit/God/Goddess, has given me the ability to discover the truth of who, what, and why I exist. We all have that ability. For me Source is benign. It is not controlling or vengeful or egotistical. It isn't a battle, or power hungry. Source wants me to learn and grow, aspiring to become the loving energetic being that I am. It is to discover our totality. It is very hard to do that if I am caught in a close ended belief system that repudiates me for questioning its tenets or requirements and uses fear of reprisal to control me.
I hope I have given you all something to consider, a new perspective of seeing this journey you are on.
I really look forward to seeing all of you and perhaps meeting many more who wish to partake of this kind of information and healing. It will be good to see everyone, I really miss my California circle of friends.
Please respond and tell me your thoughts, I am always excited to hear other perspectives, I grow from it.
See you in July, please schedule as soon as you can.............Excitement is in the air!!!