I attended a Mind Body Spirit expo in Sarasota and met a Tibetan Monk who studied under Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (you may have heard of him, as he’s written many books). I was drawn to the monks’ energy, presence, and humility. I attended his talk, which was well received. And I bought two of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s CDs, so I could listen and discover new and deeper spiritual understandings.
I bought, “Eight Steps to Happiness” and “How to Solve Our Human Problems” and I have finally, completed my study of each set. Then, for Christmas, I gave my son and daughter-in-law the “Eight Steps…” and my dad the “…Human Problems” CDs. For more information about the monk I met, and where he practices, visit the Kadampa Meditation Center here.
I watched the movie Grounded, and gave several copies of it away too! (Click on the word Grounded to watch it on YouTube). The importance of earthing and grounding really resonate with me, not just for health and vitality, but to honestly connect with our Earth too! Nature can explain our Limitless Creator Source so beautifully, even so a child can understand.
I went to a special ceremony at the Dao temple, though at the time, I felt disconcerted about the stealthy way I had been invited with not much information to really make an educated decision about going. I just prefer to know a little bit about a religion / faith before attending, bowing, or worshiping. I was told it would only be a ceremonial blessing, however I came away with a birth certificate of sorts. And as I feel our Limitless Creator Source is big enough to work through any tradition or affiliation, I am open to receive all the good things of God and not judge them (too much anyway). After all, all any of us are really doing is ascribing human attributes onto a Creator we cannot (yet, if ever) fully understand.
How does a Buddhist monk, the natural practice of Grounding, and a Daoist ceremony tie together?
These are just a few of the new experiences I’ve had, which bolster my belief that God is too vast and expansive to comprehend.
I am about following / connecting to an Ever-Living Limitless God, who will use Buddha, Jesus Christ, or my dog (yes well sort of, whatever it takes) to reach us, to meet people “where they are” and bring them back to knowing their true essence, “who they really are”. I do not believe there is only ONE way. I have never believed that.
Some might say that I hedged my spiritual bets years ago by being “saved” or “born again”, being baptized twice (one of those times was in the ocean–and it was beautiful), and now to have been blessed with a birth certificate from the Dao temple.
I believe we all have the ability to know, and connect with our Source, and in our quiet moments, Creator can speak to us–and we can FEEL it. This is the reason I love meditation.
I don’t feel that any one person’s connection to the Divine, or Infinite Intelligence is stronger than anyone else’s CAN be (with much mindfulness and meditation / prayer / acknowledging Spirit). We are all children of the Limitless Omni-Everything Creator. Each of us pulsating Source Energy at a different frequency.
I have intimately struggled with so-called “religious beliefs” because of my RLDS upbringing, Native American ancestry (my mother and my maternal grandmother had healing gifts), and close Baptist friend who I sang with in a variety of churches when we were young.
- I believe our bodies are our temple and we do not need a church or temple building
- I do not believe in dogma
- I do not believe in statues or icons
- I think killing people (especially in the name of any religion) is ludicrous
I have written about my beliefs along the way, but I don’t think I’ve ever written it this cut and dry before.
I do believe God has a GREAT sense of humor and most of us (definitely me) take ourselves way too seriously!
I think Omni-potent God created us to show himself without ego. If God showed us himself He would be in EGO.
Think of it this way, I wrote a book and it has a picture of me on the back cover. In that photo, I am showing you my ego self, as the author. If instead, I show you only the front cover of the book (of what I created), I am not in ego, I am just celebrating my creation!
God celebrates His creation of each of us – everyday!
So, I tend to hold teachers, preachers, evangelists, and the like to a higher standard, because I hold myself in such a place of integrity (because of my beliefs of our Limitless Omniscient Source). However, this year, I’ve learned that because I hold myself to such a high standard/integrity, it very well might be a limiting belief, and causes me to feel bad when others let me down. Why do I feel people should be perfect?
I’ve said many times, “Christians should be held to a higher standard.” And every time I’ve felt that way, it’s caused me to feel bad, anxious, irritated, frustrated, angry, etc.
I choose to let go of that limiting belief.
Now, I replace thoughts about someone’s lack of “integrity”, with thoughts like, “everyone is doing the best they can” and “nobody’s perfect”, so I can radiate compassion, unconditional love, and bloom in the knowing that we are all “God’s children”.
Ah, that feels so much better! And my only job is to reach for these better feeling thoughts, in any moment of the day, when I begin to judge someone’s vibes, facial features, body language, words, tone, or actions.