Posts Tagged ‘dogma’
When I was very young I talked to people who were dead. I also knew things without being told, and I was interested in things that children, who grew up like I did, shouldn’t be. My mother’s religion states that the patriarch of the home is also the spiritual leader of the home. To her that also meant that women do not have the right of divine prophecy. My gifts and talents were not only not fostered, they were also frowned upon and I remember several instances when my mother or father would tell me I was being ridiculous and change the subject.
As a teen I began to study and practice Numerology, Astrology, Reflexology and Bio-feedback. They were considered sciences by my family and therefore acceptable. These practices were therefore encouraged – apparently they made me a better, happier person. Read the rest of this entry »
The reason I feel the need to be bring this up is because I get many calls on a daily basis where a client would tell me how someone has judged them or said something to hurt their feelings.
A week ago I had a caller who was upset, because the person who judged her believed that he can walk on water, and whatever he does in life… he is better than others. I felt bad for my client and I told her that she is better than what this man was telling her. He was trying to push her buttons. I feel when someone puts another person down by judging them, it is because they are trying to make themselves feel better. Read the rest of this entry »
Early in life I looked for comfort in nature. As a rejected only child (my parents wanted six sons), I was often wandering on my own in nature’s garden. Long-term friendships did not exist, because my dad was in the military. We moved as much as seven times in nine months. Nature was my trusted playmate and my elder teacher.
My strong religious upbringing gave me cause to read a great deal, but dual faiths in one household sent me mixed messages, so I questioned everything related to the patriarchal faiths of my parents. Read the rest of this entry »
George Michael sang about it, prayers have been written about it, songs have been sung about it… and yet it remains a mystery to so many. So, I put forth this question to you: what is faith and where does it come from?
Right now there is either silence on your end, or a rapid fire response. Or maybe you are saying, “Well, let me think about it.”
They say faith moves mountains, but then that begs the question: do you have Faith in faith? That’s a different concept altogether – one that must be looked at.
It’s easy to go to your preferred place of worship on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, or whenever it is that you attend. Lovely. Absolutely. Without a doubt. There you show your faith. But what happens the rest of the week? This is where Faith in Faith comes into play, and without it you don’t even get to pass go. Read the rest of this entry »
My student, Alison, had called me years before, because her first-born son, Jeffery, had died. The doctors called it a natural abortion, but they already knew he was a boy. Therefore, to her he was her son, whom she named Jeffery. After that incident, the doctors advised her, “You will not be able to have children.”
Sharing her grief with her father one day at work, as they were employed in the same office, a co-worker, who had a fundamentalist faith, overhead them. She immediately offered her unsolicited opinion to Alison, “You had bad thoughts and killed your baby. God is punishing you by not allowing you to ever be a mother!” Read the rest of this entry »
Many Westerners remain fairly uneducated when it comes to the Eastern religions and spiritual traditions. For many Hinduism and Buddhism are belief systems they may have only heard of in passing.
According to Adherents.com, Buddhism is mainly associated with the Far East where, in Thailand, 95% of the population are Buddhists. In China, over 102 million people practice Buddhism and it is currently listed as the fourth most practiced belief system, with over 360 million practitioners worldwide. The first Buddha was a prince named Siddhartha Gautama. He was born into a wealthy family in Nepal (563 BC). He chose to leave his wealth and travel through his realm. Read the rest of this entry »
Humans’ perfectionist tendencies arise in all forms of study, application and discipline. This is most apparent in spiritual endeavors. This is as yet an unproven voyage or ascension that people of all cultures seem to believe in. This serves to help us survive reality, survive loss and connect with loss in a more positive manner. Many people have respected their ancestors and still do perform rituals. These caring gestures can be uplifting but also estranging, jettisoning us into a world that we can only dream of, never touch and only abstractly understand.
The ascension process has many pitfalls and points of despair. It is as if the common theme in all ascension is some form of penance, suffering or denial of the physical body. This denial to me is somewhat unnatural and can be taken into forms of zeal and eventually political extremism that has no benefit except for the illogical conclusion that one will be assured a safe place in paradise. Read the rest of this entry »
Last night I watched a television show regarding spiritual encounters. This show had a negative slant to it and it was the first time in a very long time I had seen a show regarding spirituality that was negative in any way.
But I digress, the point is that certain people who were interviewed indicated that opening up to the spiritual world in any way is to be avoided. It was further indicated that such opening up could result in demonic possession.
I must address this on several levels. The first premise is correct. Spirits exist all around us all of the time. We cannot sense them in any way at certain times with our known five senses. However, at other times, we can sense them on an intuitive level. When we sense them, we can pick up on their energy level. If it is a slow, negative feeling or emotion, we intuitively move away from that choice. Read the rest of this entry »