Many years ago, I recognized the importance of maintaining a peaceful state of mind. That’s likely because my life has always been dynamic, intense, and bursting with passion, since birth, I’ve been told.
Over 30 years ago, I began a ‘deep dive’ into my own spirituality. This exploration was a personal one, whereby I sought to establish a relationship between me and God. …A really close one, for no one seemed True. I did not want the layer of religion and church in between us, though.
I respect religion and the church, but I put it in proper perspective, with regard to spirituality. I’ve found religions and churches can deviate from what should be their main focus addressing “other priorities”, such as tiding, fundraising, televangelism, and social media. …popularity, materialism, etc. Though these efforts may be well-intentioned (only God knows), they impeded the closeness that I want to have with the God of my understanding.
Furthermore, I wanted to shape the image of the God of my understanding. God bestowed me with this free will. I wanted to use this blessing to see God as I wanted to.
I remember, in early 2000, when an exercise that Minister Rev. Barry Vennard, of Unity Church, asked participants to do, in a Unity Church spiritual workshop. This exercise still sticks with me today.