Okay, my father, who happened to be an English professor would not like that I used the word ain't up there. But you know what? It's not his blog.
Do you ever notice when you have an interest in something, you start see things about it, it seems, everywhere. You see it in books, movies, TV shows, an ad here or there, it's really cool.
I'm on a mission to like myself, as is. I'm on mission to figure my own spirituality - what that really means to me. I'm attracting more information which reminds me stay on track.
I found a book, on Amazon, Kindle, called Untame Yourself: Reconnect to the Lost Art, Power and Freedom of Being a Woman by author, Elisabeth Dialto,. Doesn't that sound fabulous? Well, it did to me, and I bought it right away. There is a part in the book that really gave me tingles. Tingles = mind awareness happening! Dialto uotes another author, Robert Augustus Masters who wrote a book (need to check it out) called Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters. I will quote him here now:
True spirituality is not a high, not a rush, not an altered state. It has been fine to romance it for a while, but our times call for something far more real, grounded, and responsible; something radically alive and naturally integral; something that shakes us to our very core until we stop treating spiritual deepening as something to dabble in here or there. Authentic spirituality is not some little flicker or buzz of knowingness, not a psychedelic blast-through or a mellow hanging-out on some exalted plane of consciousness, not a bubble of immunity, but a vast fire of liberation, an exquisitely fitting crucible and sanctuary, providing both heat and light for the healing and awakening we need. (by Robert Augustus)
I got chills! I'll check out the book and I sure hope I still like the guy. Sorry, pessimistic me pops out. Well, I'm not putting anyone on a pedestal any more. But I saw the passage in Dialto's book, and I liked it. So far I'm also really enjoying her book as well. From to time, I'll include passages that I like, or suggest books, that I feel....well gave me the tingles.
Books are like people. You may not like everything about them, but you can certainly get something out of each one you encounter.
I feel it's time to open myself up. Have more conversations with people I DON'T agree with and also, be open to the fact that I may not like everything about someone - or everything about a book I read. It's ok. I'm learning. I want to be able to be open, listen more, read more, and do my research - see what comes up. Check for awareness. Check for tingles. Check for feelings.