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I am a very spiritual person but I'm not much for religion. What I mean by that is organized religion. I'm not saying organized religion is bad, it just doesn't work for me. Instead in 1996 I asked God to fill me with His spirit and write His word on my heart. To me organized religion is all about limitation, judgement, belonging to a click because it's the thing to do. EXAMPLE: If you live in the south, everyone expects you to belong to a church, otherwise your a heathen headed straight for Hell. I just can't make myself believe that. I mean I've seen lots of people in church who go home and beat their family members, get drunk, cheat on their spouse, go out and date rape women, rob banks or stores, rob their neighbor. Or let's not be so drastic, let's just think about the person who goes home after church and screams and yells at their family all night, or is so selfish that they can't see beyond themselves so can't comprehend any one else's opinion that differs from their own. Apparently just because we stick a title of church on the side of a building and shoving people in the door is NOT a cure to peoples spiritual ill's any more then labeling a building a hospital cure mental and physical ill's. I believe if I have found inner peace ( peace that surpasses all understanding ), My needs are met, I have compassion in the face of intolerance, I extend a hand to others (even when I'm in need), can accept others' points of view as valid even if differs from mine, If I find joy and laughter even when I hurt so bad I want to scream, then to me I have found God no matter what someone else might think. This works for me, some one else might need religion to find all these points for them. I figure the easy way of relating to this concept is....... I like cats, I love the way they feel, most of their personalities, the fact I don't gotta walk them, ect, ect, ect.......But my sister likes dog, she is great at training them, the company, walking them ect......we both like pets and our choices work for us. I am a very creative person, I draw, sculpt, paint, knit, invent new recipes . I love puzzle and reading, writing poems,editorial, blogs. I love the process of creation on any level. I am sarcastic and often am told I have a warped since of humor, ( YEAH ME!!!!!!) I don't want to force any one to my beliefs nor be forced to their beliefs. I'll argue my points and debate others, absorb some one else's idea and some time agree to disagree cuz sometimes there just won't be a meeting of minds. I like to write the same as I would speak, because it adds my flavor or displays what's really going through my mind at any given time. I am a social being who can't always leave home or go outside due to medical issues. I tried my space but it wasn't what I'm looking for, so I don't go on it. I do have facebook, I keep up with my kids out of state, chit chat a bit, but mostly I play some of the games. It still doesn't seem to be the forum I'm looking for though. Then my best friend introduced me to your site, I think I may have found the forum I've been looking for.
Your Teachers and/or Spiritual Sources of Inspiration
I am taught by everyday life. Every person I meet becomes my teacher or my student. We learn everyday by our experiences, the books we read, the things we think, the company we keep, by changing the aspects of our characters we don't like. Each new day, each new dawn begins a whole new learning experience for me regardless of the medium I learn it from.