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What I Believe

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From my art journal

From my art journal

We are standing on the sidewalk saying our good-byes, our breath an icy cloud mingling between us, our bodies huddled into our winter clothing. We’ve been talking about a joint project we’d like to engage in and she reminds me that the group is Christian based. “Are you okay with that?” she asks.

“The faith of anyone is not my issue,” I say. “My greatest leap of faith is to jump without a label.”

“What does that mean?” she asks.

And I stumble over the words, trying to articulate the depth of my knowing of who I am and what it means to travel everyday with faith, and no label.

I am a rebel at heart. A soul revolutionary. A seeker. A voyager into spirit matters.

I believe in God, a being greater than all, a Higher Power. I believe in the Creator. In the goodness of the Universe. In the greatness of life, the magnificence of the human being.

I believe there is God in each of us and each of us is an expression of the Divine. Miracles of Life. Vessels of Love.

I believe Jesus walked the earth, that the apostles and saints were his disciples. That holy men and women continue to fill our world with goodness. That buried deep within each of us is the capacity for evil and that the only way to not give it breath is through Love.

I believe that Love is the greatest energy. It is limitless. Unending. Forever. Everywhere.

I believe Love flows all around and through and under and into and within each of us.

And I believe that for me, letting go of the label of who I am in the world gives me the grace to simply be, who I am in the world.

It has taken me a long time to reach this place where I can pray comfortably in my faith, and not claim affiliation, connection, oneness with any religion, creed, or doctrine.

I believe in angels. I believe in miracles. I believe in Love.

It is a personal journey for me. A place of deep meaning. Of revelation. Of exploration. It is a place where I know, deep within me, that the Universe is with me, supporting me, loving me, cheering me on and holding space for all my beauty to shine.

It is not someone else’s responsibility to allow me to shine, to flower, to blossom and grow. It is not someone else’s job. It is mine. And when I trust, in Life and Love and miracles and wonder, when I trust in the universe to turn up with me, I turn up in my magnificence, fearlessly in Love with all that I am.

I believe spirit is eternal. That life in our human form is part of soul’s journey home to spirit.

I believe we are all magnificent creations. The divine expression of amazing grace.

And in my belief, I believe everyone is entitled to pray at their own altar, kneel before the God or gods of their choosing, and honour life in their own special way.

I believe that when we stop hurting others in the name of God and stop killing in our quest for peace and judging for the sake of holding our ground, we will find ourselves in that place where our magnificence shines for all the world to see the wonder and awe of our human condition dancing in the light of love.

And until that time, I believe it is my right, and my duty, to stand in Love for what I know is true for me and to Love the truth of others so that we all have space to shimmer in the light of our shared human connection.

I believe we are all one and in our oneness, there is no difference between us other than the labels we carry to name our beliefs.

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Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

14 thoughts on “What I Believe

  1. I believe that you are the best example of what the stupid devil tries to take from us… If we allow it, God can give back a million fold for our good and His glory!!
    And LOVE the art! THAT may be the only thing you need a label on πŸ˜‰ I soooo SEE you branding yourself in a good way with (oh no…you’ve inspired another one of my metaphors πŸ™‚ ) You my dear are God’s amazing masterpiece and every day you hang anotherβ™‘β™‘

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  2. This post makes me smile. I had no idea my question last night would spark such a big answer today! Hugs to you.
    Diana

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  3. So well put Louise!! My views align very much with yours, though I don’t know that I would have even been able to express them quite so well. Thanks!

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    • Hello lovely Keighty! πŸ™‚ BTW — you can express them — but first….. you need to write them out. (nudge. nudge) I see you haven’t posted on your blog for awhile…. just sayin’…. πŸ™‚ Hugs

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  4. Thank you Julie. I thought the same thing, and then after thinking about how to respond, what to say, realized that — we each have our perspective, and we each get to choose how we express our points of view. My goal is always to find the loving path, the way that expresses my feelings, my POV with respect, while honouring where someone else is at. And when I judge someone, I am not standing in love.

    I appreciate your saying what you did. Because you’ve also helped me see something else. While someone else’s opinion is not about me, when I allow that kind of comment to remain for others to read, I am part of the problem. I am part of the source of their distress. And I don’t want to be that.

    I think I left the comment there because I knew it wasn’t about me. I knew it was written from the space they are coming from — what I forgot is that in leaving it there, I was also being manipulative. I knew others would take umbrage and the person who wrote it would look bad. I don’t want to be part of making anyone look bad — so I’ve taken the comment down. It is the right thing to do.

    Thank you my friend for your courage and your willingness to speak the truth. In your voice, I found the right thing to do.

    Blessings.

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  5. It is not someone else`s responsibility to allow me to shine….I love that!!! You are amazing & wise!!

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  6. So beautifully written, so eloquently spoken. ..Thank you. This is just what I needed this morning. Blessitude – Lorrie

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