Sep 07 2010

Spiritual Empowerment

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Spiritual Empowerment

Spiritual Empowerment is the final area of empowerment that I started discussing in my post a short while ago. It is probably one of the most controversial subjects as it touches on beliefs that were firmly implanted into our subconscious at a very early age.

Wars have been fought throughout history over spiritual beliefs and continue to dominate much of the strife in the world today. With the anniversary of the event known as 9-11 coming shortly, emotions run high when an individual’s spiritual empowerment is brought into question.

A person’s spiritual beliefs have created martyrs, and men and women have been persecuted throughout the ages; all in the name of spiritual empowerment.

Many of the problems associated with spiritual empowerment have been created by religious dogma. I’m not about to question any particular religion as that is a very personal chocie. I believe it’s quite possible for a religious person to be spiritual, but it isn’t necessary for a spiritual person to be religious. In fact, many have relinquished their association with any religion as a way of embracing their spiritual empowerment, which is exactly what happened in my own life.

I grew up as an Anglican in the Church of England. My parents weren’t particularly religious, especially my father, but it was important for my mother that my sister and I get baptized in church, attend Sunday school, and become confirmed. In my teenage years, I was an ardent church-goer and took Religious Studies as an option in high school (one of only three students to do so).

To be honest, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I considered God to be. My bible studies definitely gave me the idea that God was someone/something apart from myself. Even the “image and likeness of God” didn’t help me to associate any kind of commonality with the deity. In my experience, God was a rather capricious being who arbitrarily did good things to some people and bad things to others! This belief was reinforced when I married an abusive alcoholic at the age of 19.

How could God do this to me? As far as I was concerned, from that time on, there was no God… for me anyway.

It took me four years before I finally had the courage to leave that marriage. Social workers and psychologists may have their own opinions about the reasons women stay in abusive marriages, but for me, I was more fearful of my husband if I left him than I was staying. It took a human angel to help me through that difficult time, but I survived.

The question of God and my own spiritual empowerment did not arise again until the end of a second alcoholic marriage – just before a very turbulent relationship with a binge drinker!

Now THAT experience can really make a person question God! But I finally came to the realization that every event and experience in our life is for a reason… a VERY GOOD REASON. I came to understand that God isn’t some Being apart from myself, but is a very real part of who I am. This realization came to me, in part, when I received a very crucial message (from God?):

Accept what ‘is’ – totally, without question – as the perfection of this NOW. Accept it as God’s answer to your prayers… no matter what they may be.

Whatever you are experiencing IS the answer you’ve been asking for whether it’s in the form you want and expect, or NOT. It is ALWAYS the perfect answer.

ALL WAYS!

That message was a turning point in my own spiritual empowerment. I realized that my life was exactly the way it was intended to be and that meant I was exactly who I was intended to be. I didn’t need to go to church or belong to a particular religion or group in order to experience God. Everything I experienced was perfect – regardless of any outside judgement.

Other people may judge me a particular way. They may judge my actions as good or bad. But it really makes no difference to who I am. As Popeye says, “I am who I am.” Nobody can change that. For me, THAT is spiritual empowerment.

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Accept what ‘is’ – totally, without question – as the perfection of this NOW. Accept it as God’s answer to your prayers… no matter what they may be.

Whatever you are experiencing IS the answer you’ve been asking for whether it’s in the form you want and expect, or NOT. It is ALWAYS the perfect answer.

ALL WAYS!

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