Fact or Fiction?

I have read a ton of books about a wide variety of spiritual matters. Some, like Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss, are among my favorites and played a large part in shaping my adult spiritual self. Others, whose titles I can’t recall, contained information that I considered distinctly untrue. For example, one author claimed only a special, select few are chosen to be mediums. If you weren’t one of these lucky ones, well, sorry about ya. The door to the Spirit realm was forever slammed shut in your face, sister!!! Another wrote that our time of physical death is predetermined, and nothing could change it. I have read elsewhere that we have 5 opportunities in each lifetime to decide when we want our old bag of bones to stay or go. 

How do you know who is right? You could research until you were blue in the face and continue to find conflicting information.

This is what I tell my students: your truth is what resonates and makes sense to you. Keep an open mind and be willing to change your stance later if you find information that feels better than your original ideas. 

That may sound really simplistic and like you are creating your own reality. Well, each and every day, you awaken and create your own version of reality. No sense in allowing your spiritual life to be led differently. However…….I do think it’s wise to read and research quite a bit, inspect different viewpoints, and let all that info basically slosh around in your melon for a while before you conclude what’s right and wrong for your world. 

If you have trouble discerning what seems viable to you, here are some guidelines that may help:

Keep reading and researching. Listen to your heart and allow it, and your intuition, to lead the way.

Take classes, preferably live with other students, so you can listen to diverse points of view. Anything taped is nice and all, but it’s just you and the already filmed instructor. I know there is usually a Facebook group to join with some classes, but there is something about interacting with others, even if only on Zoom, that helps me learn better. Having other humans along for the ride will offer more food for thought. 

Here’s a different type of group class: I teach students, just the two of us, no other humans. What’s unique about this group experience is that I access both your spirit guides and mine, along with any other of your friends, family, or animals in the Spirit realm. So you get a group dynamic still, but most of them are in the Spirit realm! Fun, huh? What you learn is tailored specifically to you, even though I do have some basic information I share with everyone (or at least discuss with them to ensure they already know it.)

If it seems difficult to figure out what is right to you, consider these tips:

Allow your intuition to lead you to your instructors and mentors. If someone’s energy feels like they are on a power trip, or up to no good, heed that and stay away. 

Also be willing to listen to/read someone whose ideas seem like total bollocks to you. Why does their content feel like doo doo? Write your responses as to what doesn’t jive for you. Seeing what you don’t believe will help open the door to what you do believe. 

If it doesn’t empower you, let it go. I will always believe we can do most anything we set our minds to, and any information you take to heart should expand your spiritual opportunities, not make them small. 

So that’s my tried and true advice about discerning what information is right and wrong about the Spirit realm and life in general. One more point to consider: you do you, and let everyone else have their own beliefs. Nothing worse than some old bossy pants trying to make themselves right, and everyone else wrong. If you feel like having a dialogue with someone of another faith, then let it be led from curiosity, not trying to change their mind. I really try to live and let live, but when it comes to separation of church and state, then that’s when I get very politically active and speak up. Some people’s religious views are extremely hurtful to others, so I say open up your yap and stand up for social justice! There is certainly nothing wrong with that.

My Top 3 Books that Kickstarted My Spiritual Path

I LOVE to read. I mean, I think I was born with my wee head in a tiny book. I enjoy reading primarily chick lit (Bridget Jones—can’t dig her enough!), biographies, psychology, and spirituality. It only made sense that when my spiritual path was murky, at the age of 24, that I turn to my trusty books to help me find my way. This was eons ago, way before life coaches abounded. I was on my own to discover what my spiritual practice would look like as an adult since the internet didn’t even exist. Yes, I am that old. Hahaha!

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Why Choose a Spiritual Path?

When I was a wee turd growing up in Waldron, IN (population 269, including the town cat), my parental units frequently trotted me to church. I have to scratch my silver pate, and wonder why? Dad wasn’t particularly religious, and certain aspects of Christianity chapped his ass mightily (i.e. homosexuality is a sin, for one.) Mumsy’s parents never took her to church, but for some reason, we attended. And for an even stranger reason, as a 4 or 5 year old child, I felt like I belonged in that sanctuary. I actually wanted to be there!

Fast forward to high school. Mumsy hauled my carcass out of bed every Sunday, and I used church mostly as a social hour–pass notes to the other girls in the back pew, watch to see if anyone was digging for gold (picking the nose), and head back to the nursery to play with the toddlers when the sermon commenced. I had been a highly gung ho Christian as a kid, but was less so as a teen. Why? Well, I was a teen–enough said there, right? Mostly, however, I had begun to question certain tents of my faith. Like, no one can go to heaven if they don’t accept Jesus as their savior. Now in order to do that, one has to have the cognition to grasp the whole concept of Jesus, something a cognitively disabled person would be sadly unable to do. So all cognitively disabled folks who couldn’t understand the concept of Jesus were doomed? What?  I don’t recall any caveats to that idea-ya either did or didn’t accept Jesus. Ya either went to heaven or to hell. How could that scheme be cooked up by  a loving God? And on and on, until I just couldn’t buy any of it anymore at all. So I waved goodbye to Christianity. Continue reading “Why Choose a Spiritual Path?”