In the early years of attending my Unity church, I remember the minister encouraging us to write a sort of manifesto expressing our spiritual beliefs and our definition of God. I don't think I did it at the time, but have done it since. I also realize that my beliefs are not fixed and as I learn and experience more, they deserve to be revisited. I feel certain there is power in declaring your faith, that it's like a bat signal for your spiritual team. So without further ado, here is what I believe.
I used to believe that God was a big man in the sky, who would reward and punish us just like an earthly father. God had all these human qualities. He was at times judgmental, vengeful, and angry and at other times, loving, forgiving, and understanding. Basically he was a lot like the people I knew but with more power than any human could imagine. That definition never felt completely right to me, but it was all I had until I was introduced to the idea of God as energy. God isn't a big man in the sky after all. How could he be? God also isn't a male or a female. To me, God is the very life force that flows through everything. It is the order in nature and all of us are contained within it and contain it within us. When people complain about God being taken out of schools or government I laugh to myself at the absurdity. God is in everything. When we clip our toenails, that clipping on the table contains God. When we tell a lie or break a rule, God isn't watching us, God is in us taking those steps and making those choices. You cannot remove God from anything, even death contains God.
We Create Our Reality
This is something I write about often, but as time passes I am always uncovering more proof of this simple statement. Our thoughts, feelings and beliefs create the life we have. If we step back and look at our lives, everything present has arrived because at some level we believe it is what we deserve. This concept feels great if all that we see is positive, but not so great if our lives are a mess. We don't purposely intend to create "bad" stuff but there are so many buried beliefs that we simply can't control. From the time we are born, we are observing our world and coming to conclusions about our place in it. If, as a child, you were born into a family of busy-bodies and always struggled to be seen and heard, you might conclude in those early years that you are unworthy. As an adult that burried belief in unworthiness may manifest itself as a job where you work hard for little pay and no recognition. It won't be obvious why you created this job experience, but with inner work these childhood memories may be revealed to you and clarity will arrive.
Everything Will Be Alright
"Don't worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright." If this quote isn't familiar to you it's the chorus from my favorite Bob Marley song. This is the mantra I've used my whole life, or at least some version of it. I've always felt that I've had angels watching over me and keeping me out of harm's way. When I scan my memory bank I can think of plenty of situations I got into that could have gone very very badly, but didn't. In my darkest moments I've always had the thought that everything happens for a reason and I would be OK. So far, it has worked. I imagine that this belief ties in with creating my reality. I'm always OK because I have strong faith that I will be. Either way, it is what I believe and has served me well throughout my life journey.
Now it's your turn. Take some time and write your own manifesto. What do you believe? Feel free to share it here if you want!
Love and Light,
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