On the day you were born, an old soul awaited your arrival into this realm, singing a hymn of praise at your first breath and waiting patiently–until you were settled–before crossing over.
One of my greatest joys is the Pranic Work I do. In individualized sessions, I assist clients with the process of coming into alignment with their inherent goodness or highest Light. This work often leads clients into a deeper exploration of or desire for a more formalized form of religious expression.
Over the years, I have served Buddhist, Jewish, agnostic, Christian and non-theistic clients. Yet, theology has never been an issue or subject in the wordless space of these sessions. As a practitioner, what I have learned is that an individual’s personal and social expression of their Light, through external, religious form and affiliation, is a very private matter.
Religious affiliation is a sacred affair, serving as an opportunity to accept, reject, deepen, explore or otherwise work through our stories and experiences in relationship to the narratives and forms of worship, provided by the specific faith traditions in which we were raised or the traditions we have elected to embrace as adults.
What remains important, with regard to my clients’ individual journeys, is the desire to ensure that my clients grow bright, as they navigate the life choices they make, the circumstances they create and visit, as well as helping them maintain the ability to thrive within the spiritual families into which they were born or elect to participate.
Consider this. Everyone possesses a Divine spark and the potential to speak and act from the seat of their inherent goodness. Being respectful of people and their faith traditions and remembering that we are all here to learn from one another and, ideally, share narratives will help us grow–both as individuals and as a whole.
It was in reading an especially esoteric book about Sufism that I encountered the most convincing definition of idolatry I have ever considered. According to this text, the idol worship we must be most concerned about is the pandering we do to our own egos. In this paradigm, the ego is the graven image and false, isolating figure we all carry inside.
Externally, this idolatry shows itself to be present when we exhibit vanity and an excessive preoccupation with appearances and status. Internally, this idolatry makes itself known through an attitude of smug self-importance, poisoning our potentially sacred relationships within the social and environmental worlds we occupy.
The ego, a raucous and demanding poser of sometimes epic proportions, causes us to forget that we are part of a whole and that we have a place in the grand scheme of things, in community, amid nature and through time. Thus, with this definition of idolatry, spiritual “salvation” is available to us whenever we forget our pettiness and willingly reconnect to the Essential Self–that Divine spark, yearning to be tended, still burning and buried in everyone and everything that was, is and ever will be.