Ever since I was a young girl I’ve always been a seeker of the mysteries of life. At 17, while my peers would be out trying to find the next “happenin'” party, I would be at home, pen to journal pages, composing my thoughts (and questions) and submitting them over to God. God was (and still is) my close friend and confidant.
Raised in a religious family, I attended church regularly simply because I was expected to, not because I wanted to. Despite my close relationship with God, I was unable to accept a lot of the teachings presented by the church. Most of the teachings, I felt, were too restricting and contradicting to say the least. For instance, I’ve never understood God (according to the church) granting humans “free will” then punishing humans for using it. And I’ve also felt this punishment supposedly given was too harsh. Burning in a lake of fire for all of eternity? I mean, really? Even if one of my own children did the most heinous of acts, I wouldn’t punish my child by throwing him or her into a blazing, hot inferno for all of eternity, and I can’t claim to be half as loving as the church proclaims God to be. No offense, but that god sounds a bit confused to me. God being characterized as a jealous God was also quite difficult to understand as well. If God is omnipotent and there is none other than why would God care? God is not a tyrant who, if not given enough attention, will set out to destroy those who ignore [him]. I feel that what has happened is that we (humans) have created [a] God in our image instead of acknowledging and really understanding the fact that we have been created in the image of God.
The Image of God
It’s unfortunate how we’ve been made to believe that God is this old man, sitting off in some distant land, watching and waiting for us to completely annihilate the Earth and all of humanity with it. Or, in just the nick of time comes back to rescue only those who are affiliated with a certain religion, leaving behind everyone else to their inevitable demise. Would it be too hard to see God as a unifier who has no affiliation with religion but who has an affiliation with love only? Not the love that is conditional – you do as I say and then I’ll love you type of love – but a love that is all inclusive of all humanity, no matter what you wish to call yourself, or not call yourself. The point is, we are all here in this great big world, I believe, not to build more walls of separation but to tear them down one by one. To do this, we will need to understand that God is not some man watching and judging, but God is a spiritual energy Force that resides in each and every one of us. Learn about the Flower of Life.
Being of Service
The more I continue to explore the mysteries of life, the more I’ve come to realize that life isn’t at all mysterious but is an open book for all to see. All that is really needed is a change in our perception. Observing nature is often a great way to understanding how life works. Everything in nature works harmoniously together for the good of all. Nothing in nature separates itself but rather performs its ‘duty’ to be of service for all other components of nature and humanity as a whole. Seeing this also played a big role in how I chose what I wanted to do for a living.
Working in the mental health field and assisting those with disabilities was my way of being of service. For many years I’ve worked hands-on with clients who, despite their labels and placement in society, have been of great service to me as well. I have learned so much and have come away with a greater understanding of humanity’s need for a more ‘cooperative’ way of thinking.
In all that I do, I wish to continue to be of service. By sharing my views and opinions with all who read them, my desire is not to criticize the views and opinions of others but to create a more diverse and positive way of looking at life.