While Angelina is away getting acquainted with her new position as middle school counselor, I get to write this week’s blog post.
Part of the reason Angelina and I decided to create a blog about spirituality is due to our former religious upbringing. She was raised in an evangelist Christian household while I was raised Catholic. After many years of slowly shedding our religious upbringing by venturing out into the land of the worldly, we’ve come to the conclusion that God – or some variation thereof – is necessary. But we’ve decided, as adults, that we will design the idea of God based on our experiences. Our parents used God as a coping device to make themselves feel better for situations beyond their control and passed that way of worshipping onto us. Now that we are on our own and understand that life requires personal responsibility, it frees God up from being trapped in a magic bottle while he waits to grant our three wishes.
This week, I just finished listening to the audio version of Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God:
I’m glad I chose to listen to it because this book is heavy with heady concepts. It’s a lot to take in. But, what makes it real fun is when you listen to it, take notes on a super fun writing pad and reflect on the concepts later. Here is my super fun writing pad:
I approached this book as a graduation from what my parents instilled in me. Now that I have an idea and experience of God, I can now take that knowledge and learn more. Instead of using just the bible as a resource, I feel more comfortable learning from other’s examples and experiences.
Neale’s main belief is that we are co-creators with the divine. We create our own life based on our beliefs and experiences. Relationship with God isn’t following a set of rules so that one day we may gain a future heaven (sounds a lot like capitalism); it’s more about thought patterns and how we manifest exactly what we want – good or bad.
I came across this Facebook post which pretty much sums up some of the ideas Neale discusses in the book and concepts I’ve adapted for myself. Instead of teachings, the book would say we already have the knowledge necessary to experience life.