Monday, August 27, 2012


i haven’t spoken much about this topic directly in this space…. although its undertones and ramifications are very often present in my words and in my photos too.

 the spiritual dimension of life is so rich and real and huge and mysterious….and ethereal and powerful and….

 i have to admit that i did not fully delve into this dimension until i left the confines of religion behind.  i hesitate to use that word (“confines”) but i feel now that religion was keeping me in a box that i no longer fit into.

 i know there are those that see that very same box as a comforting support system.  i am perfectly fine with that but for me i had to step out of it.  for me the freedom of leaving the box (though very difficult to do at the time!) has been exhilarating.  freeing.  opening me up to the wholeness and beauty of life and the spirits of all other creatures regardless of their beliefs.  my heart has been opened in a true and profound way.  and this is a very good thing.

 i have more to say on this subject, but i will leave it for another day.  i will just say that the more i learn, the more i do not know and the more accepting i become of the vast mystery of life.


  1. interesting, and yes, life is a mystery and that's the fascinating about life. I don't have to get all the answers, it's more important to find the feeling of confident in yourself.

  2. love those beach photos...just beautiful!!

    i feel the same too...spirituality is more empowering and freeing. too many limitations and restrictions with religion and definitely intolerance to others beliefs. we all have our own paths and we all get there, but i'd rather get there by embracing it all than limiting myself!

  3. Im so with you on this! It wasn't until I left a very full on church that I found what spirituality really is. It took years to get rid of the fear though and I still have some hanging about. For me the really huge thing was realizing that everything is energy. Everything. So awesome!

  4. Dear brave Patty: I am so proud of you for following your heart and then having the courage to share it with all of us. I know after so many of our conversations that you have no judgement in you about how others live their lives and that is truly a gift. xxx
    P.S. the first pic of yor post simply took my breath away. So rich and deep and evocative.

  5. P.S. Tara is just sprouting up like a weed!! Can you believe it???

  6. I have been on a spiritual path for 26 years, read every book, listened to all the big names in the biz, consulted teachers, gone to ashrams, watched every TV program and movie ... yes, when I look back I have come a long way, however there is always more -- more to entice me to keep on going, more BIG questions than answers and certainly a lot of people who 'don't want to talk about it'. I have so much more to learn, and I realize now that will be with me until my last breath. Much more difficult to find my tribe on the spiritual path, so many people want to keep it at a surface level, which is fine, but it can be lonely. Keep going Patty, I do know this, once you take that path, it's impossible to turn back. hugs, Donna

  7. They more I know, the more I realize I don't know, which makes it hard to see any one thing as the thing to the exclusion of everything else. For me, at least.

  8. "The more I learn, the more I do not know" - so very well said. I don't think I have left religion completely, or let me say it differently, I still have my belief, but it is a mingle of several religion or an open heart and mind to different aspects of religion. Perhaps this is spirituality? I really can't say... For me, the core in your post is the acceptance, the non-judgement.


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