I grew up thinking that what I had been told throughout my lifetime was the truth. Until I was victimized, that is. I was brought up to believe that somehow, “The Lord” would intervene. No one ever told me that it was the Spirit that was within me at all times that I was meant to depend on. I was always only told that God would be there for me, that he would save me and make it so that I would not have to go through what I had been going through. It wasn’t that I actually believed that there would be some miraculous thing that would happen, right out of the blue, that would be the thing that would keep me safe, but that I really just believed in the miracles that I was taught happen “just in the nick of time.” Those actual miracles never happened, at least not in the manner that I was told that they would.
We are taught to believe so many unbelievable things while we are growing up, and as children we believe everything that we are told is the truth, not only by our parents, but also by all of the other well-meaning adults in our lives. We trust them. They love us. They would not ever do anything to hurt us. Yet, it is their own beliefs in things intangible that we, as children, are keying into. Adults know that the Spiritual lives we each live are personal ones, and that alone should be enough to tell any thinking adult that we need to explain these things better to these little tiny people whose imaginations are giant and as those adults we need to not forget that children believe EVERYTHING we tell them. The younger we tell them things, the more inclined we each need to be as those adults to make sure that these tiny little people understand that God is not really going to reach out of the sky to literally pick us up and make us be okay. That is never going to happen, and all of us adults are very well aware of this.
There are those kinds of believers in all things “God” who refuse to stray from the things that they were taught and sometimes what they are taught is the fundamentalist view of things, where there is no escape from hell if you stray from the God they fear, and that if you are abused, if your life meets up with that energy that is brutality from someone else in any form, you deserve it. This is not the way that I grew up, but it is the way that I thought was the truth. When no one clarifies for us what it is that we are told to believe, things, years later, have the propensity to become ugly in terms of our not only finding out that what we believed was more in terms of metaphors, and that what we see in so far as being coupled up with another person will not match what it is that we have been shown. We have been shown and told things that are sometimes outlandish, even and enough so that there are children sharing the air and the energies with us all and who refuse to believe what they do not feel is the safest way to.
These days, I am more aware of what is the truth, and it is because I sought out the truth, sought out the mysteries of the one to whom many refer to as being “God the Father.” I say a lot about people being followers and not leaders, and the one time in our lives we are expected to lead without favor, it seems, the majority of us favor what it is that we, ourselves, choose to take as our truth, and then we give this truth to our kids in the hopes that they will have the answers for this big, jealous, invisible god who we are told will save us, but we are not given enough information at the time we are told, and, yes, expected to believe what we are told. Most of the time we believe what we are told because it is coming from our parents. What they are not telling us, or maybe are not aware of, is that this is the manner in which abuse is allowed in, through no fault of the victim, because even in this day and age, we have to deal with things that want us to keep women out of power. The way to keep a woman out of power is to raise her from a girl to believe that she has none.
The reason that we are told this is because really, women have the power to bring life into this world, and this is a scary thing, I suppose, not to be a man, but to be someone who is power hungry, who wants total control, and more, because he who wants this control can never bring life into this world, ever. That is a lot of power to wield, and the abusers of the world do not want us to know this, and so they defer to biblical or religious reference which keeps ALL women neatly in line, like the rest of the societal sheep who believe everything they have been told in relation to God. I know that not all people who follow the tenets of God the Father are ruinous in nature like this enough to tell a kid a truth that sometimes I am not convinced that too many believers actually believe, themselves.
If you have to question your God, that is your soul telling you that you need to think about what it is that you believe, and more, what it is that you are willing to impart on people who are prone to being someone’s victim from the very day they are born.
Tell them the truth about your God, and more, make sure that they understand that the God to whom you pray is taking care of them, but that he needs them to be smart, to pay attention to their inner voice, because it may be that one day, it will be that inner voice that saves yet one more mother’s daughter from the worst heart ache she will ever have to deal with that really, she never even needed to encounter. We need to raise smart girls so that one day, they will lead their lives as powerful women.
Be thou smarter than thou art afraid, and watch the beauty that is the empowered woman, rather than is the one who fears everything in her life. Stop teaching our kids to fear whatever it is that we also expect them to believe.
…because, again…one day, it may actually save a life.