The world is my church. Creativity is my religion.
As a child I was raised to be Baptist. I enjoyed going to church and always felt a special connection with religion. In fact around the age of 12, I decided that I would make my own bible. It was something planted in me at a young age when I look back on my life. There was a small voice in the back of my head that said there was more than one way to reach the source. I was just too young to take advantage of that voice or too even be able to decode it. In the meantime, I delved deeply into astrology. My aunts, grandmother, and I would read our horoscopes.
Around that time we use to get them out of the Star Ledger newspaper. I would also love to read the Dream Book though it was made to provide lottery numbers. There were still meanings of different dream symbols. So the universe was showing me an opening into my love of decoding dreams. These occurrences kept happening throughout my teenage years. When I turned 16, I started seeing the number "1234" everywhere. I had no idea of why I was seeing that number.
I decided to get baptized at that age as well and then life took a turn for the worse. Now, it doesn't seem that way because my spiritual senses started to open. I got caught up in this material fog that lasted until the age of 22. Around the age of 19, I realized that I wanted to branch out on my own spiritual path. I sat my mother down and told her that I was a spiritualist. My love for astrology was really growing stronger and I started to practice meditating.
I was fascinated with developing the ability to connect with something greater than I, oppose to sitting in a church and receiving a word. When I shared that with my mom she was not initially on board. We clashed with certain spiritual views and often that led to arguments. Until one day, she sat me down and I told her that I still had a strong belief in God, but didn't feel that being in a church was the right path for me. She then said to me that as long as I was true to my belief then she would accept it. From that day on I have been true blue to that belief.
I must say that it was the best decision that I ever made. It was hard transitioning from that church culture and I felt bad for not attending services at times until one day it dawned on me that the world was my church. I believe that we are faced with battles throughout our interaction with others. We can practice our beliefs in a sacred place, but the test doesn't occur until that challenge presents itself. I also believe that this path of believing the world is your church isn't for everyone. I respect the church's culture and believe that it is the foundation of all faiths. Some worship better in a church setting as my mom.
I do like to visit churches from time to time because I believe in signs from the universe. Whenever I decide to go in a church there is always a message that strikes home to my situation. I take that message and incorporate it in my life. I like to visit different faiths and their practices because a good word doesn't come in one form. We should take from other's wisdom and apply it as needed. I just feel better talking to God in a one on one setting. I can totally connect to him and hear him clearly. I feel safer and stronger in my choices.
Then I go and live my life and call on my spirit guides to help me throughout the day. I receive daily messages from the universe to let me know that I'm on my right path. It is the same as going to a church and receiving confirmation through a service. Everyday is a sacred day for me where I get to show my love and appreciation for God. He utilized me to be of service to others and sends angels my way. Another belief of mine is that creativity is my religion. I don't like to say that I have a religion because I'm a spiritualist.
So when people ask me about my "religion" I tell them that I am creative. When people are being creative it is a soul activation. It is you doing whatever God intended you to do. You can read up on my article about creativity to learn about it more. So it is me expressing my gratitude for him because I'm a child of his and I am serving my purpose. Once I explain that to people after the awkward pause they seem to get it. At least most of the time. Again, we are faced with challenges and learning to respect other's viewpoints is one of them.
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