Personal experience – the tangible point of access
Based on the response I’ve been receiving, it’s clear that many of us are looking for depth – I can relate because that’s what interests me as well. In addition to the many calls and texts I’ve been receiving, I thought I’d share a few of the responses I received to my previous post:
“NO NO NO – you mustn’t depersonalize your writing. for someone like me, for example, who doesn’t “feel” religious, it allows me a tangible point of access, and anchors the spiritual journey in a way that’s relatable & meaningful. it actually helps me to “feel” the eschatological process. Xoxo”
“Just wanted to let you know your words of inspiration are awesome. Keep them coming brother – And please keep them personal and not academic :)”
“Your blog about being yourself was over the top amazing – your blog is real- please don’t stop”
“Just read the post – Hotter than hot – So authentic and free”
“Just read your blog. Wow I feel your pain holy brother. Chazak Veamatz. Be strong and brave. You are inspiring so many people. I love you and pray for you.”
I believe that our life experiences carry within them a deeper significance – a profound message to learn from and to share with others.
Those who have been blessed with faith, or have arrived through reason, to recognize the Creator’s direct, constant and personal supervision over us – perceive life experiences as highly personal events.
We believe that within everything we experience, there is a sustaining power that not only wills it to occur but delivers a personal code within the occurrence. This is how a “hidden” Creator relates to His creatures – through the personal nature of events.
Some prescribe limits to their level of belief in the Creator’s personal involvement in their lives. Some acknowledge the existence of a Source of all, but feel that while the Source may have set the world in motion – and perhaps channeled Divine guidance through a prophet – He probably doesn’t bother with the details of our day to day lives.
To me, it just doesn’t make any sense that the Source would create this universe, provide sustenance for His creatures, and then disassociate in some way, limiting Himself in some way – to not have the time or interest to be involved in every aspect of each one of our lives. That’s a far jump to make. To ascribe the attribute of selective active governance to the Source? The 14th attribute of Mercy? Pretty bold..
I have learned and believe that the Source is here running the show behind every twist and turn in our lives. Every experience is an opportunity to face the Source, to pause and absorb the message. This is how we build a relationship – and I believe that the most important relationship we have is our relationship with the Source of all relationships. We nourish this relationship by spending more time in meditation – reflecting on our experiences, obstacles, patterns, achievements and desires. The Creator of the realms of compassion, mercy and endless love cares more about us, His children, than we can imagine. A hint to this love can be experienced through a parent’s love for their child.
Episodes in our own lives, where we witness the hand of the Divine orchestrating our experience – and how we connect to those experiences – are of interest to those who seek greater connection to the Source, in their lives. Expressions of one’s personal struggles, confrontations with doubt and applications of faith, can help provide color and texture to the deeper meaning of the teachings put into action.
Putting myself out there through sharing my personal obstacles is a new experience, and a sometimes frightening one. It pushes me to live up to my beliefs, to apply faith to my challenges – with nowhere to hide. It represents a commitment I’ve made to hold onto faith no matter what the test is, and it therefore makes sense to me why I’m being tested so significantly right now.