My mother said these words to me all my life: "Every church is a house of God- and if you ever enter one where someone uses God's name in relation to guilt or shame- you have my permission to walk out."
And so, I have.
Her idea of God, was all knowing, all loving, all forgiving.
I have a number of clients who initially come to me for various reasons,
but whom share their disconnect to a higher power and/or God.
It is often because of an experience or injustice, abuse or hypocrisy.
Losing our relationship with God or our higher power while going through something painful
creates the greatest loss of all.
If someone asks me about that missing piece of their life, I suggest to them that
they simply start talking to God... in the forest, by the water, before they close
their eyes at night. And, to keep talking until they feel heard and answered.
When someone connects on that level, no one can ever take that relationship away.
That relationship belongs only between them. It is personal.
We are experiencing difficult times now. Ironically, those are always the best opportunities
to remind ourselves that true peace can exist in finding our connection
to the creator of our grand universe.
While I do not guide or judge anyone regarding their personal beliefs, I believe it is an empirical
truth that to not believe in something or someone greater than ourselves,
makes it difficult to have perspective on all else.
Within all life experience can be the opportunity for clarity, vision, change, and evolution.
To see it that way, is to view all things - even the most challenging, as part of a bigger picture.
I too struggle each day on this planet right along with everyone else.
My beliefs don't magically take that away-
But when I enter the woods, or take a bike ride, the beauty that fills my heart, reminds me of all
that I am grateful for. All that is "right" in the world.
And that is where hope and faith live. In the gratitude of my heart.
I have seen miracles. I know that they don't come from me. All things truly are in fact, possible.