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A Spiritual Journal
“You are rightly fond of certain books or men that you have found to excite your reverence and emulation. But none of these can compare with the greatness of that counsel which is open to you in happy solitude. I mean that there is for you the following of an inward leader, –a slow discrimination that there is for each a Best Counsel which enjoins the fit word and the fit act for every moment. And the path of each, pursued, leads to greatness. How grateful to find in man or woman a new emphasis of their own.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
These words from Emerson exemplify the essence of that which has drawn me through every phase of my life. From a very early age I have felt myself to be a sojourner on this earth, that the company and thoughts of others have been received as an honored privilege, but always as second to that counsel that has been open to me, and to all people, in happy solitude. As a minister, it is not in solitude that I work and live. It is from solitude that I draw my ministry, whether I am conducting it from a pulpit, a book, an article, or a private moment with another curious and questioning mind.
I have come to believe that each person has made the choice to incarnate in their physical body for reasons known (though perhaps forgotten) only to them. I have also concluded that none of us have come here so we can be like someone else. What need would there be for us if we were simply the duplicate of another? Youth has always demanded the right to be true to its new self, but in the process ends up looking, talking, and behaving like all others in the generation it is swept in with. When being different becomes the mission, so-called uniqueness is worn like an uncomfortable, awkwardly fitting costume. Comfort is found only when the one so dressed surrounds themselves with those similarly attired.
There is only one way to truly set yourself apart and that is to be true to yourself. To be true to yourself you must first find yourself, and you do not find yourself in the company of others. You find yourself in “happy solitude.”
We live in a world full of people who seem to fear solitude, who seem to believe that they are not complete unless they are in perpetual communication with others. This is why whole societies move in trends and currents of unoriginal thought. Swept by this torrent of surface consciousness, many find comfort in the works of those who have dared swim out of the torrent and establish their dwelling on their own shore. Few follow their example.
As a minister, I am not interested in convincing others that there is a God worth believing in. My ministry is one that is devoted to the truth that there is a Self within each person worth believing in. When you touch this Self, you open the window to God, call it what you will. Jesus called it Father. Others call it Source, or some variation on that theme. This Self is not the clothing of personality that you wear; it is the You that is wearing it. This Self is grounded in the Infinite. When you come to know your Self, you will come to know God. You have come to this earth to be a giver, not a taker, and certainly not an emulator of others.
As I develop this website, I will feature my own works and interests. It is important to pursue and speak of the things we are most drawn to. There is a reason they capture our attention.
Thank you for visiting this site. It is my hope that, as it develops, you find something that reminds you of what you already know but have, perhaps, forgotten.