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copyright Karne UlvestadIt’s been a while since I’ve written, because changes have been happening in my life.  I woke up this morning with this blog entry writing itself in my head.  I finally understood.  I’ve struggled for years to define why I follow the belief system that I do, because it is so different from my family of origins beliefs.

It comes down to the degree of separation between myself and all other living things.  Basically, I chose to be part of the flow of life.  I don’t see myself separate from the land, wildlife, birds, other people or world happenings.  We are all one circle.  We are all related.

I think it does matter what we call our Creator.  I think it affects our relationship with him/her, each other and with all living things.  Our relationship with all things is affected by how we see the world.  My view of the Creator is one that goes by a thousand names.  He is a loving and caring entity, which values my existence.

I think that most beliefs or religions are based on the fact we are made in our Creator’s image, and he/she is in control of everything.  Some have books to follow, and other belief systems follow the “heart.”  Some are based on rules, and others on love and compassion.

I admire those who can bring love and compassion into religions based on books and rules, such as Mother Theresa or Gandhi.  I believe the civilizations of the North, Central and South American continents have/had the most balanced approach to their beliefs.  Their “religion” permeated every aspect of their lives, yet they didn’t live in a constant state of fear, like many who follow other beliefs.

I think this quote sums it up well. . .

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree,
the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”
Chief Seattle 

Love & Light to All. . .Karen