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Today I emailed Oprah Winfrey.  Don’t ask me why, except I really like her and just wanted to connect.  I think it would be great to have her as a friend to sit down and talk about things that matter.  I definitely like to talk to people about things that matter; I am not a casual, “talk about the weather” kind of person.  Chit-chat completely bores me.  One of the things I realized as I tried to briefly describe myself to Oprah is that I am a pretty hard-core skeptic.  I tend to believe almost nothing unless I’ve experienced it personally.  Even then, I work the experience over to make sure I’m not making the experience into something that I can call my own just to make me seem more important.  Being a pharmacist for the past 25 years has made me realize the limitations of allopathic medicine but, also being a teacher in holistic healing, I see the dogma and agenda-ridden pitfalls there as well.  Same with religion, same with politics, same with “how to” parent, love, act at work, invest money, cook, be happy.  In almost everything, there are many people with irons in the fire who don’t want “their life to change,” “their agenda to be lost;”  it’s rarely about the service or the product or the truth.  It’s always about the beliefs of the individual people who make up the entity and therefore it is infused with their fears, their control, their powerlessness, their “stuff.”  The hope lies in the individual’s ability to “see” truth, live with integrity, have authenticity, be in their hearts.  And, skeptic as I am, I know this is possible as I’ve seen people step into this place of spiritual love and oneness from all walks of life and in all kinds of circumstances. 

What I think being a skeptic offers is this… you are immediately suspect of anything that has a belief system that excludes another belief system, which gives you discernment. Belief systems create “right” and “wrong” situations and that limits everything immensely.  In fact, that’s probably why we, as a society in this time, are so imagination limited and spiritually immature.  We keep bouncing from one belief bucket to another, thinking that this bucket is superior, more evolved, more exclusive, more righteous, and so on.  Hogwash!  No belief is better than the last.  If you have a belief that you can’t let go of and it doesn’t include everyone, it’s crap.  Being a skeptic let’s you step outside of situations and see things fresh, unencumbered.  Since you don’t have something you’re trying to protect, you don’t mind poking around in other ideas.  You don’t mind swishing it around in your mouth to see if the taste suits you.  You are more adventurous, freer, more open and compassionate.  You don’t mind hugging something disgusting because it doesn’t mean you own it, will get hurt by it or are taking it home.  You’re just loving it in its imperfection and giving it comfort. You’re less disappointed by people because you see the polarity;  we all have shadow that makes us act in ways we wish we didn’t.  To instead be righteous, judge and “protect your own” is a setup for exhaustion; you have to keep turning your “feelers” down because you can only handle the information that feeds your understanding and belief.  Everything else will overwhelm and upset you.  Skepticism takes the blinders off and let’s you see it all, but “the all” doesn’t stick in your craw because you’re not personal about it.  It doesn’t threaten your territory. 

Skepticism doesn’t mean you are virtueless, without care or truth.  In fact, it can offer just the opposite.  It can mean that you are more able to respond to your deepest nature, your spiritual essence, within each moment because you are more available.  You aren’t a squatter in your corner, defending, being in fear, hoping you don’t lose what you have. Your availability allows for a more resonant flow of the natural, the embryonic state.  You can grow with abandon because there aren’t rules to “fix” you into a state that is acceptable.  Your impulse to love and embrace is more limitless because there is less of “you” to filter and negatively react and behave selfishly. 

How about it?  Are there any other skeptics out there?

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