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As The Spirit Moves Me

This page is all about what I believe in, how I got there and where I hope to be, along with thoughts and ramblings of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Come on in, look around take what rings true to your soul, learn from it, and let the rest go.  Enjoy!

Welcome! You are visitor since 09/97. This is a work in progress, as I myself am.  Latest Update 10/18/97

Sometimes I feel like a feather being tossed in the wind, sometimes this way and sometimes that way.  Other times I feel as if I'm on a great spinning wheel spiralling towards something I can't yet see. I guess as long as what I believe in keeps me going in the right direction, I'm on the right path.

© 1997 kjunkutie@aol.com

What I Believe

Where I've Been

Where I Am Now

Where I'd Like To Be

Some Of My Spiritually Related/Inspired Poetry

Where I Think We're Headed

What's Currently On My Mind

Rings

    

Spiritual Links

of you are interested in spiritual growth.


My Spiritual Beliefs

Please note that the following belief systems, etc. are my own personal insights and do not reflect anyone else's beliefs or any other organization's beliefs.

What I believe, hmmm, that's a hard one.  I should start by saying that I consider myself to be a spiritual being and do not believe in organized religion.  I do however believe in a God/Ultimate Being/Creator, but not in the "conventional " sense.  I believe that everyone is on their own spiritual path and that all of those paths, if followed positively (by not harming others), lead to God.  I believe in and try to live by the teachings of all of the religious prophets/leaders but do not necessarily believe in the religions built around them.   And actually if you do a little research you will find out that almost all of the world's religious leaders and deities have pretty identical beliefs - it just depends on the time period , the culture, and the life in which those leaders were born into.  I also believe that if  any religion or religious leader tries to tell you how to think, what to think, how to live and says that if you don't you'll die or won't get into their version of heaven - run, RUN FAST!  That is how cults are born and maintained.  I believe you should read, research and learn all you can, take what rings true to your soul and let the rest go.  But don't be afraid to expand your mind and your belief systems - you just might expand your soul along the way.

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Where I' ve Been

I was born into the Episcopalian Tradition and was christened (baptized) and confirmed in the Episcopal Church.  I've also been to the Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Catholic, and Nazarene churches at various times when there either wasn't an Episcopal church where we lived, when I visited friends of another faith, and during my own search for my own personal truth.  (I don't think there is any one way or truth; I think we are all here on our own paths of growth and enlightenment.)  I've done reading and research on Hinduism, the Muslim faith, Buddhism, and various other recognized religions.  I've also delved into other alternative forms of spirituality (except Satanism) as long as they followed a positive, love-oriented path.

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Where I Am Now

Right now I'd say I'm on a pretty eclectic spiritual path.  I've just begun reading the Bible again - which delights my family to no end. (I figured I couldn't continue to discuss/argue about it properly without actually remembering most of it.)  I am interested in Native American spirituality, which is part of my family although not cultural heritage.  I am also interested in what has become known as (and I hate the term because some of these beliefs date to the BC era) "New Age" spirituality.  I use some of the more modern and ancient tools such as tarot cards, geomancy, my computer, etc. for ways to help myself grow and learn, (I only use these tools for myself so please don't request readings.) and suggest that everyone use them as well.  I believe it is a way for our guardian angels, spiritual guides, etc. to help us understand ourselves and our world better. But I also think they should only be used as a guide for personal transformation and not as the only source of wisdom in your life.  Anything (including religion and spirituality) used obsessively and to excess is negative. Balance is what we should all strive to achieve for ourselves and the world around us.

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What's Currently On My Mind

Angels/Guides

I recently re-watched the movie "Prophecy" with Eric Stoltz (Daniel?) and Christopher Walken (Gabriel), and it made me wonder about the nature and purpose of angels/guardian angels/spirit guides, etc.  I've always felt like I have one watching over me because I always seem to get what I need (not necessarily what I want) and even the most terrible of circumstances in my life have turned out to be either for the best or a learning experience that I needed for personal growth.  Do they only appear when humanity needs them or are they a figment of our own hopes and fears?  Are they the spirts of great people who have gone before or a whole other species?  Makes for some interesting conversations.

The Nature of God

First of all, who's God?  I personally believe that all of them are the same - just different aspects.  In some religions it's a he and in some it's a she, and if we were all made in God's image - was it the physical image or spiritual image? (I prefer spiritual.)  In some religions God/dess is cruel, in some God/dess is loving/kind, etc., in some God/dess is sexual, and in some God/dess is pure, virgin, chaste, asexual, etc. What if God/dess is on a path of enlightment like we are and has moved on to a new spirtual realm - how would that affect us humans? I read an anology that was interesting - just like atoms make up the substance of which humans are made - what if humans are the atoms of the universe, and our universe is simply one of God's atoms?  Could God possibly be only a small part of something even larger that our human mind's cannot even comprehend at this level of our evolution?

The End of the Millenium

Although most people think it takes place in the year 2000, it's actually 01/01/2001.  The year 2000 is the last year of the current millenium.  What exactly does this mean for humanity - armageddon, a new spiritual awakening, or just another New Year's Eve Party?  Do we believe in all of the various prophecies and if so, then whose? And if everyone is so afraid of the year 2000, will we inadvertently bring the prophecies down on ourselves through our own foolishness thereby self-fulfilling something that had no real basis in fact? I don't know about you, but it scares the heebie jeebies out of me!

The Nature of Spirituality

May the Force be with you!  That's sort of how I think of spirituality.  I believe that the essence of spirituality (the soul) is the same essence that makes up everything in the universe.  And that we are all truly tied to each other and everything on our planet through this essence.  That's why every time one animal species becomes endangered, it upsets the balance of nature (example- when the wolf population becomes endangered there's an overrun of the deer population, etc.) and too many imbalances could endanger our species - human!  I think when Jesus said we all had God in us, this is what he was talking about.  The same with "the light" some religions believe in.  It's that portion of us that can access God, the Ultimate Being, or whatever it is you believe in, this is what guides us towards spiritual perfection.

Psychic Powers

I think psychic powers are just a part of the essence of the above mentioned spirituality and that all humans are capable of these powers, we just can't access them for one reason or another.  Sort of like radio waves - you have to be tuned into the right frequency to pick up the waves. Healing, miracles, telekinesis, telepathy are all a part of this ability.  We know we only use about 10-20% of the brain's capacity at this level of human existence. Maybe those people that have these powers can access a portion of the brain that those who don't have these powers can't - at least not yet.

Good vs. Evil

I think perfection is about balance, and that power is in and of itself neither good nor evil - it's how you use it that determines it's essence.  I think all humans have the capacity for both, but it's the choices we make each day that determine which path we take.  And how exactly do we determine what is good and what is evil - it seems each religion, culture, sub-culture, etc. has it's own definitions.  I prefer to think in the terms of positive and negative since each thing in existence has it's polar opposite.  I think as long as we strive for the positive while accepting that the negative exists within each of us, we're on the right path.

The Nature of Nature

Sometimes it can be beautiful and peaceful; other times cold and cruel. Whether you believe the workings of nature come from your God or are just a natural part of the Earth - you do have to respect the power of Nature.  I think we have taken Nature for granted for much too long and it's beginning to show.  Our waters are becoming polluted, man-made dams, levies, river systems, etc. are eroding and breaking down because nature has a way of following its own natural paths.  If we keep taking stuff from the Earth (oil, natural gases, minerals, etc.) and only put back pollution (waste water, chemicals, etc.) we are in for a very rude awakening because I believe that the Earth is under tremendous pressure and will someday shift and try to balance itself resulting in earthquakes, flooding and all of the natural disasters predicted by a whole lot of people unless we start doing something about it - soon.

Instinct vs. Intellect

Religion vs. Religion

I heard the strangest thing on the radio this morning as I was getting ready for work.  The Baptists are apologizing and recalling instructional information that they had already sent out that questioned whether Catholics are actually Christians.  Now, I'm sorry, but does anyone else find it the slightest bit un-Christian to challenge another Christian religion simply because it does not believe the same way as you do.  Isn't God suppose to be the judge of humanity, not other humans? Since when did we as human beings receive the ability from God to be able to judge other humans based upon their spiritual beliefs or any other belief for that matter.  Aren't we suppose to love and treat our fellow humans as we ourselves want to be loved and treated?  I'm not trying to trash the Baptists because I know people who are Baptists.  But it might be time to question your leaders and their own agendas for your belief  system.  (This could actually apply to anyone.)

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Where I'd Like To Be

This is another hard one.  While I'd like to be able to say that I'd like to be at the highest level of perfection, if I was I would have to leave behind those that I love and I'm not sure I could do that.  I seem to be in a period of simplification - downsizing my possessions, buying for needs vs. wants, etc.  I'd like to be able to move closer to nature and become more self-sufficient.  I'd also like to become more involved in issues concerning nature, ecology, spirituality.

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Where I Think We're Headed

This I really have to think about before I decide to write down my thoughts.  It usually depends entirely upon my mood and frame of mind.  Keep checking and eventually there'll be something extremely profound here.

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Cool Quotes

How can finite grasp infinity? - Dryden (1631-1700)

Meditation consists in conducting consciousness beyond the point where it is the consciousness of a finite body or a finite mind, transferring the focus from level to level without losing its continuity or form. - Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (born 1916)

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Carlyle (1795-1881)

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. - Max Eastman (1883-1969)