This month’s letter was inspired by Peggy over at Bad Dog Design. She authored a blog post on Valentine’s Day that spoke of her experience with a team that brought the Vagina Monologues to Santa Fe over 20 years ago. The post is titled “Learning to Say the V-Word”. It resonated in a sense because I recently learned how to say the G-word without flinching. I’m talking about God. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the concept of God for a long time and like many readers I abandoned Christianity to explore Eastern ways that seemed more kind. I know a couple of Christians that can be unkind (ironically family members) and when that happens it reminds me of the alleged Gandhi quote “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Recently I had a revelation which has helped me reclaim the G-word for myself. In last month’s letter, I casually mentioned discovering H. Emilie Cady’s work. Cady was a cool chick and authored Lessons in Truth in 1896, she was part of the New Thought Movement. I think secretly she had a crush on Ralph Waldo Emerson but I have no proof, thinking this makes me like her even more. Nothing else about spirituality has ever made this much sense to me, her book is timeless and quite frankly I’m a little ticked off that I wasn’t made aware of it before now.
See, Cady believed that God is good, God is love, God doesn’t judge or punish, God doesn’t keep score, there is no sin but only the absence of God. We don’t need someone to tell us what God says or wants us to do. God is within each and every one of us which means we are good. We don’t have to kneel or count beads or suffer to know God. God manifests in each of us independently and God is everywhere all the time. We must listen to hear God and what we hear could be called our intuition. God works in divine ways and we work in human ways. We co-create with God and the more we do so with divinity in mind, the more peaceful life can be. To find God, we look within and practice active faith. We meditate and pray. Dispenza calls it being Supernatural, Chopra calls it being Metahuman. They talk of subconscious and spirit and energy and healing. . . maybe it’s all the same and it’s God?
I’m reclaiming the word and thanks to Cady’s lessons from 1896, I’m updating my concept of God. If you are going through a hard time, feeling lost, empty or challenged give Cady a read. Let’s say hypothetically you are up at 3am with mega hot flashes that make you feel like you are in the depths of hell. .. . .read some Dana Gatlin, she was cool too and for a more modern author try Ellen Debenport. When I read the work of these progressive ladies, stuff makes sense and I feel hope. And, I can say or type God without flinching.
That’s all I’ll say about that for this month. Enjoy this issue, there is good stuff on plant-based diets, fitness while vegan, regenerative farming, and the benefits of CBD. Online we have additional articles about healthy dog food, natural remedies for kiddos with colds and hemp as a crop.