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.