A Statement of Belief
Understandably, there are times when clients have the desire to know how I “order the world,” to determine whether I might be a good fit for them in the spiritual realm. This seems to me to be a perfectly reasonable request, so I’ll attempt here to outline my personal beliefs surrounding religion, specifically, and spirituality as a whole.
I do not prescribe to any particular religious beliefs. I believe that our religious texts, written and translated by men, are – intentionally or unintentionally – flawed to some indeterminable degree. Therefore, I believe it is up to each of us to discern how these texts and the system of beliefs they outline are to influence and direct our lives. I feel similarly when it comes to matters of spirituality. Whether for good intentions or bad, there’s no avoiding that some popular concepts in spirituality are flawed, perhaps even to the point of being dangerous. Again, this a matter that impels us to develop strong discernment and to be actively engaged in what we allow to influence and direct our lives.
From my point of view, I lack the wisdom or perspective to determine with 100% certainty which religion beliefs or doctrines are false and which are not, so I decline to do so. Instead, I leave the unanswerable questions for a later date and instead focus on what feels good and right for me in my inner world and for my evolution from the perspective of my soul. And what feels right is that there are topics within specific religions that overlap to an incredible degree with other religions or spiritual viewpoints. This leads me to believe that we humans have been given some universal truths that have withstood the extreme pressures placed upon them by ages of humans trying to understand and communicate them, and yes, possibly even distort them for ill-intention.
As to specific religious figures and their divinity; again, who am I to determine degrees of divinity when we all have a spark of divinity within our own souls? Instead, I choose to look at religious and spiritual figures from the viewpoint of – what are they trying to teach, to show, to help us? Jesus incarnated to show us that we have an amazing capacity for love and compassion. That he chose to do so within an embodied human form, well, that’s next level in my opinion. As all of us know, this human life isn’t for the faint of heart. Jesus showed us that we can still love through all the difficulties we face and that we can become evolved in our human forms and our soulful hearts. More than that, I decline to speculate on who or what Jesus was. To me, he’s an amazing teacher full of love and wisdom, and that’s enough for me. My viewpoint for other religious figures tracks similarly.
Why do I incorporate many shamanic ideas and practices into my approach? Because to me it seems a wise and necessary balance to the headiness that comes from many of our modern religious and spiritual practices. It reminds us to remain grounded – and humble – in this human experience, to stay present and connected to the life that is immediately surrounding us, not only in the physical realms but all realms. It reminds us that the Earth is alive, and her inhabitants are our companions, not our dominion. It’s not a supply closet for humanity, but a microcosm within a cosmos teeming with life. If we’re to be successful in the greater cosmos, it must first begin with our compassion and humility toward Earth itself.
From a client perspective, I work with anyone without regard to the specifics of faith. As I stated above, I decline to theorize whether someone’s beliefs are “true” or “not true.” Instead, my approach is rooted in uncovering limiting beliefs such that the client can expand into their greatest soul aspect while embracing a sense of love, compassion, empowerment, and sovereignty.
If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of my practice, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.