Thursday, May 21, 2015

Who Am I?


“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” 
- Aristotle


After reading Jan's beautiful post about who she really is, I knew I had to write a similar post about myself. Maybe through her captivating words, I came to a realization that I know myself well enough and I'm comfortable enough to do it.

So who is it that I really am?  In truth, I'm a spiritual nomad. I don't belong to any groups, I walk my path completely alone. I'm not a practicing witch but I'm a witch at heart who sometimes indulges in Buddhist literature.  One day I feel like a witch, one day I feel mindful like a monk and others I feel like both.  There are also days when I feel like none of the above.  To some people this might not make any sense but to me, it's light as a day.

I was born and raised as Roman Catholic but I've always had questions about my religion that nobody could satisfyingly answer.  Half way through my thirties I realized that Christianity was no longer serving me.  It was time to let it go.  Leaving religion behind was probably the hardest and scariest thing I have ever done.  My parents, devout Catholics, understood and I thank them for that with all my heart.  Being able to be myself in front of my loved ones and be open about who I really am means a world to me.

Today I'm not part of any religion but I'm also not an atheist.  I'm comfortable knowing that I simply do not know who we are, why we are here and what happens to us when we leave this mortal coil. I'm okay with that.  I'm open to all possibilities although I don't hold any firm beliefs.  Deep down inside, I'm very spiritual and I draw this spirituality from the very world around me.  I feel connection with the Universe and every living thing in it, be it an animal or a plant.  When I celebrate, I celebrate Nature. Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Fall Equinox, Samhain as well as every full moon are very important to me but I do not perform any specific rituals (I do dress up as a witch during Samhain though). My celebration is acknowledging what's taking place and my ritual is simply being out there drawing on Mother Earth's energy.  Easter and Christmas to me are family traditions rather than religious celebrations and I enjoy them both very much.

I live my life by one commandment only: Live and Let Live.  I believe that everyone is entitled to freedom and should be able to do what they want to do as long as they don't knowingly hurt anyone. Once you hurt someone, all bets are off and you deserve the karmic lesson that will come your way. My life is full of such lessons and I respect that.  Nobody is perfect.

Although I'm not religious, I respect those that are.  I believe that every religion holds some pieces to the great puzzle that our Universe is.  If only spirituality and science could come together for good, then maybe we could have a better understanding of who we really are and what the world around us is really made out of.

Namaste


8 comments:

  1. You were able to explain much better than I, Kamyria and to add some views that I did not think to mention...thank you.
    I have always said that when one passes, then he or she will learn what awaits on the other side. This is why religion is known as "having faith."
    I was raised Baptist, then Roman Catholic. As you said so beautifully I am not an atheist either and I also believe in letting people believe in whatever they choose as long as they harm none. One of the wonderful messages that I try to live by from studying Wicca is that whatever you give...be it good or evil it will come back to you three times over.
    My woods is my Cathedral...there I find peace and serenity and the only sermon that I have to listen to is are the birds singing, the frogs croaking and the buzz of the dragonflies...
    Great post and I am sure there are many of us out in this big world of ours that feel this way~

    Jan

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    1. Thank you for your beautiful comment Jan. "woods is my Cathedral..." I love this, thank you my friend. :)

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  2. This sounds so very familiar. I must say I'm glad you have your family's acceptance and support, it certainly makes it easier.

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    1. I love my family... we are quite a tolerant bunch, I was even surprised myself. Much blessings my friend :)

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  3. That's a beautiful spiritual credo you have -- loving and tolerant! Clearly you have walked the spiritual path well.

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  4. Good thing you don't live down here. They'd burn you at the stake. This is Southern Baptist Bible Belt country. Not being religious myself, I just lay low when that comes up and I never get involved in anything about religion.

    Seems to me your way is the best way. Just sometimes you can't be high profile about things like that, depending on your environment.

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    1. Ha, Henry I hear you well. You are a smart man to not get mixed up in religious quarrels. I have to say I'm disappointed at the level of ignorance still present in 21st century. It's okay to believe but we don't have to hate those that don't believe in what we do. :)

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