The following piece is an excerpt from my book, “Word, From Your Mother,” a daily guidance journal written for my children, Liv and Pierce-Gabriel.
I know that I put you through the parochial school system since kindergarten. It was with this intent: To envelope a sense of belonging and community that was Christ-centered. It wasn’t to indoctrinate you in any way. I didn’t want you guys to become Holy Rollers. Hopefully, the dogmas of Catholicism didn’t take over your thoughts, as that was not the intent. The more significant objective was to help you observe, develop and grow the spiritual part of you.
In the Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hahn, he so eloquently stated, “spirituality is not a religion—it is a path for us to generate happiness, understanding, and love.” I don’t mean to imply that organized religion is a bad thing. On the contrary, any form of spiritual development is a good thing. I just wanted to give you the freedom to discern and choose your path.
I will say that my bias in terms of my spiritual development grows with Christ Consciousness. The term “Christ consciousness” was conceptualized over time because of the way Jesus Christ connected with God. His ascension was of the highest attainment compared to any other mortal who has walked the earth. Christ consciousness focuses on alignment between the material and non-material, you. It points to what I’ve been writing here in these excerpts. To become aware. To let go of your story. To be still and find a quiet place to meditate and be. To observe your thoughts and to banish the ones that don’t serve you. In turn, this helps you to serve yourself and others with compassion, non-judgment, caring, loving, and forgiving.
It’s not a complicated formula to follow–to observe the self and transmute thoughts. Yet, it can be challenging to allow the time and space to embrace such a practice with life’s distractions. However, isn’t it is so lovely knowing that we are not alone. Isn’t it so comforting knowing that we are not separate from one another? In this recognition, we can see each other through the eyes of Source, Christ consciousness, and observe our Divinity.