Over the years I've had people asking me about my beliefs. For some reason they haven't been able to figure me out. I don't blame them. I can blend into a prayer to Jesus, chant a mantra while holding a Mala, practice the Sufi’s dhikr, listen to the advice of a Shaman, or cast spells aided by nature. I can refer to God as feminine energy, the universe, the divine creator, or the pure spirit of it all. I don't consider myself religious but spiritual. Religion, like government, is for the masses. It involves control, routine, believing blindly in what others say.
As a spiritual being, I honor and respect all beliefs and those who practice them. I am free to experience the presence of God/Goddess day in and out in my life. In choosing to allow this presence to guide my every day doings I have witnessed those everyday miracles unfolding only when we surrender to it. I don’t go to a building to praise the divine nor confess my “sins” to another human. I don't feel the need to show others what I am doing to earn my ticket to heaven because heaven is here where I can enjoy and be grateful for all the gifts life has to offer; where I have been given the opportunity to use my talents and learn how to read the signs.
For those who have asked me before, I am clarifying here the whys’ of my surrendering to life, God, Energy, Maya, or whatever other names you use to refer to the manifestation of creation.
This is the portrait of a life surrendered to life – mine anyway.
1. Peace: That sense of calmness I feel no matter the circumstances because I know that nothing last forever so nothing can disturb me enough to bring me out of balance.
2. Patience: There’s a perfect timing for everything in life. Desperation leads to frustration. There’s no point in wanting to control what is out of our control. There’s ALWAYS something better at the end of the road.
3. Compassion and understanding: My levels of tolerance used to be very low until I realized that we all have our own demons to fight with. Everyone is fighting his own battle and we should not judge if we haven't walked their path.
4. Security: Chaos is everywhere but faith keeps us grounded and confident. For every bad there are many more goods.
5. Self-Love: Contrary to popular “religious” beliefs, we are not here to become victims and martyr neither to be humiliated or diminished. Practicing self-love get us closer to who we are; expressions of the divine. By loving ourselves we can give that same love to others.
6. Laughter: Writer Steve Brown once said: “If there’s no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there’s no celebration, there is no real worship.” Laughter helps the spirit to grow and flow. It is contagious. It is the best way to celebrate life.
So this is my non-religious manifesto. Put all these together and you can understand my life’s theme; live life out loud. Yield to her; experience what she has to offer. Put your life in her hands.
Spirituality is meant to take us beyond our tribal identity into a domain of awareness that is more universal. - Deepak Chopra