For the past two years, I have for the first time, as an adult, I opened completely to a new tradition with open arms. Prior to relatively recently, I was so far in Nordic and Celtic traditions, and had since was very young,
There was no "ah ha" moment here, it was gradual and now has me submerged. Why so long? Cultural appropriation--the political issue of spirituality.
Being raised in the US, I stayed as far away as I could from native traditions because, first I did not think those people would accept me based on my heritage, and secondly because I frankly did not see the need to have the same voice from a different mouth--that being spirit--and I was fine with what I already had.
Had being the operative word.
While we all have different relationships with spirituality, mine was all about survival. Underneath it all, I was not happy with the way Christians had forced the conversion of my Celtic and Nordic ancestors, very much what they did here in the US generations later after adopting a corrupted relationship based on nature and gods for a pope and laws.
But then I survived that eight-year sickness so often talked about, and along the way spirit seemed to change for me, at least in where I was finding it most strongly in its resonance.
Durga was first, early on, but I did not know why. I knew a person who had a large representation, but other than that it was people attraction to Durga that drew me it as well.
I kept that in the back of my mind, but goddesses, Shakti, were appearing everywhere for me.
Not by name, but seemingly every day there was something. Then came Saraswati. None of this via my intention, it just kept happening. I did not look into any of the particulars of this tradition, just went with it.
This past weekend I had my kids over, and for the first time in a long time the stories were not of Forsetti and Meach, but of Lackshmi, Sarawati, and Genesha. Rut row!
So, this morning I asked the google to fill me in. What is the story with Hinduism today in this stream of consciousness I was in? Is it old school, like the way I am with the oldest of Celtic and Nordic traditions or was it more a result of the 60s?
Turns out, both. While some today will not like to admit it, most all of what we do that is outside of the box comes from the men and women in the 60s who pushed so many envelopes at once. And they started to meditate .....
So, I found this as the basic understanding of people today to gravitate to the tradition today. It is malleable and makes sense.
How I got from "you have six months to live" in 2011 to "I don't buy the myth of death" that was my mantra for the next eight years; how do you think I did that? It was being open to all of the following, and opening up to it first with shamanism (that is a loaded word), but, just as I proved that myth wrong in this instance and lived, there is no time like the present to continue living but now with a focus on living life alive and not simply living not to die.
For those who I worked with in the drug and alcohol world during those years, and now, this will explain a lot that I might never have shared before, but now you will see where I was/am coming from. But that has been obvious all along, thus my aversion to the clinical environment a choosing the virtual space.
This is very comfortable:
I believe in the one Eternal Source or Ultimate Reality, called by many names, which flows through all forms of nature and can be known through spiritual realization and experience.
I believe in unseen worlds and beings who may interact with our world, and that some are benevolent and help guide and protect us, while others are malevolent, and that channeling, or mediumship, is a means of contacting such souls.
I believe that the world is a dynamic, conscious entity; that mankind is but one part of the cosmic ecology and that, as stewards, we must treat the world responsibly, with love, respect and reverence.
I believe that consciousness is present in and conveyed through some structures more than others. Thus, for example, crystals are powerful sources or channels of knowledge and spiritual strength.
I believe in meditation, trance, rebirthing, self-healing, channeling, past-life regression, crystals, sexual tantras, drugs and more as effective tools in the quest for wholeness and oneness with the sacred, and that one should continue to explore alternatives and not feel restricted to the disciplines of any one system of thought.
I believe the world has entered the New Age, the age of Aquarius, awakening to the consciousness of love, selflessness, compassion and creativity, from the old age of hatred, war, ignorance and greed. Those who perceive this vision should share it with others to uplift society.
I believe that traditional religions are outmoded and that we are moving toward a universal brotherhood; yet, the Eastern religions and so-called primitive faiths are rich reservoirs of truth and spiritual practice.
I believe in nonconformity and noncommitment: that each person is responsible to his or her own conscience only and not to the dictates of society which often unduly hamper freedom of expression, and that even spiritual gurus are to be approached with circumspection.
I believe that many of society's traditional economic and social structures are outmoded and should be abandoned for ones which reflect New Age consciousness and that dropping out of society is a valid New Age alternative.