Insight does not come through striving or stress, grasping for answers or polling others for advice. I need only become quiet and still, and look to the kingdom within. ~ Excerpt from the Daily Word, A Unity Publication
In the 90’s, I went through a period of deep spiritual seeking. I had two major questions I needed answered at that time.
1) Why did so many things about the Christian religion I was raised in feel uncomfortable to me?
2) Though I believed profoundly in God’s all-encompassing goodness, why would S/He deal me a childless hand?
I sought answers for those two questions in two ways.
1) I did research about the history and origins of Christianity. I read history books, the bible, and about other faiths, to compare.
2) I prayed, meditated and did a lot of introspection. I looked at my own faults and foibles square in the face.
The history books taught me facts about early times, original languages and so forth. I became knowledgeable about how Christianity evolved into what it is today.
The spiritual books I read gave me step by step instructions on how to find God and/or my “inner place.” Through that process, I found myself, and the God of my understanding. I received a personal message/answer to my second question as well.
In more recent times, I’m finding that I don’t want to be given instructions by other people about my life anymore, nor do I want someone else (authors, clergy, spiritual teachers) to tell me how to be spiritual.
If I’m being honest, it seems as though our media/society is always telling us how we must think or feel. If we follow a particular faith, we’re racist or bigoted. If we don’t follow any particular faith, we’re heathens. It seems to me to be the time to stop seeking outside of for answers (see quote at top of page).
Thankfully, when I was seeking, I balanced my approach between research, prayer and listening. When I say listening, I mean keeping my mind open to God’s guidance in and around me.
Here’s my point … I’d like to share inspirational messages through storytelling instead of instructions. Years ago when I was in al-anon, they stressed that we don’t tell someone else how to handle their life. All we need do is share our own experiences, strength and hope.
I’ve shared such experiences in story form already. Two have been short stories published in the magazine Angels on Earth. One was published in the book anthology Dogs and the Women Who Love Them. Four of them are published in my memoir anthology, Home Avenue. I have a few on my blog under free memoir reads. These were all true stories.
Inspiration can also be shared through fiction. My future novels will be fictional tales, and I will continue to write both nonfiction and fiction short stories.
Perhaps one of my writings will touch someone out there who will find it inspirational enough to seek inside for themselves. No instructions with rules 1 to 10. No step by step guide to find your inner Kermit because you find it not easy being green. Just simple stories about average, every day people that might inspire someone else to face themselves and listen to their own heart.
P.S. I won’t be taking the a-z blog challenge, as I’m committing to writing more. I’ll be posting once or twice a week when something strikes me to blog about.