I gotta say it, I’ve watched a number of her teaching videos over time and feel plenty contain nuggets interesting enough to be worth storing in my playlists. Why? Because human psychology in the broadest sense is fascinating, and I enjoy playing with all sorts of information and ideas. Doesn’t mean I agree with all or even half of what someone has to say even if they can at least offer up useful nuggets or metaphors I personally find useful and can carry forward (for however long, some obviously wind up abandoned along the way).
However, I’m actually not much of a “new-agey” type, don’t get into crystals and herbs and never owned a pair of Birkenstocks. As a teen, for a year or so I dabbled a little with Wicca and astrology (and how many didn’t in the ’90s? lol), but then again back after I lost my religion (at approx. 14) I went in search of tidbits from all kinds of religions and belief systems over the next few years, until finally settling on just calling myself an agnostic and checking out on spiritual inquiries for nearly a decade. Turned my attention to politics instead and identified as a libertarian since before I was eligible to vote.
But I came up with my Grandma’s take on Christianity, which was highly spiritual and didn’t contain all that much of the fire and brimstone teachings churches down South are known for. I was steeped mostly in what she had to say and read to me, and her main focus is that Jesus loves us all, that we are all God’s children. And though I abandoned all religions, that belief remains in my heart. Nowadays I’d spell it out a little differently, but that’s irrelevant since no religious teachings can be anything other than metaphors. Such is the nature of trying to describe the indescribable — our languages and imaginations are too feeble and limited for the task, though scientific inquiries have introduced us to new ways of approaching this age-old question of what exists beyond life as we directly experience it.
(For the record, in case it matters, my Grandma is a lifelong tee-totaling Republican and Methodist, about as far as one can get from being a liberal hippie.)
A person’s personal beliefs are their own and are completely incapable of being shown in-full to others. No matter how one attempts to explain it, we just can’t know from inside one another’s minds. Words conjure up different memories and ideas, each one of us possesses unique fusions of thoughts and feelings based on how we personally have engaged with the world and what we’ve been exposed to. Plus people’s imaginations differ widely.
About a decade ago I went to dabbling with atheism and trying that on for size, but it felt too restrictive. Continue reading