Why I Support Same-Sex Marriage

As the Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on same-sex marriage, I came across Get Married Texas! a group who is working with local officials to make it quick and easy for same-sex couples to become legally married in Texas. I support same-sex unions for a few reasons. The religious idea that marriage should be between a man and a woman, has nothing to do with the constitution. I say, let your religious convictions be your own guide – not everybody elses. Marriage between two people comes with loads of benefits, not to mention the commitment that one person makes to another to care for them in life. Why would we deny someone the right to choose another person to spend their life with? To support each other in love and eternity? What do I care about their sex life? Same-sex marriage is not about the sex, it’s about two adults making a choice. A freedom they should be entitled to, just like any other couple. If marriage is an institution that supports people and families, let that institution do that – for everyone. Up until 48 years ago, interracial couples couldn’t get married for religious reasons. This is called bigotry. It is societal intolerance. We all know since the beginning of humankind, lovers have covered themselves in secrecy because of religious laws, rules and moral judgement. Many have been killed along the way. Let’s just stop with the insanity of policing the sex lives of grown adults. Since 36 states have already legalized same-sex unions, I anticipate the ruling will be favorable for same-sex couples across the nation. It...

On Right and Wrong…and Evolvement

I opened my editor this morning to write this blog post with one thing in mind…then something happened. I began listening to a recording of a call that I was scheduled to be on this past Sunday night, but missed because I got caught up making a triple batch of white chili for my friends and family and lost track of time. I had so much to weigh in on around that call, that I decided to just write about it here, especially since it ended up correlating with what I was going to write about anyway. Cleaning out email, I came across one with the subject line “[FINAL chance] FreshMember is shutting down..” the email went on to say “There’s less than 36 hours left before FreshMember prices are raised and the lifetime option is GONE.” I didn’t even have to open it to know that it was going to pitch me an “Act now or forever lose” spiel. My background is in sales and marketing. I taught courses on how to market more effectively and I’ve spent way more money than I wish to admit buying products and systems to help me get better results. I put myself under constant pressure to keep up with techniques, platforms and new ways of doing things. I was known to be quite savvy with knowledge, but became ineffective due to overload. There are just way too many people who are doing incredible things and will sell you something to teach you how they did it. Eventually, it became insanity. I wrote a course called Build Your Platform; Build Your Revenue that showed people...

My Everyday Disruption

Most of us are busy with our daily lives, taking care of our families, showing up for work, cleaning the house, just doing our thing. Some of us have chosen a unique path a little outside the mainstream, perhaps in a spiritual space, as I have. As I connect with life coaches, therapists, healers, bishops, people of faith, shamans, and yogi’s, one thing is abundantly clear – to those who have chosen this path, our lives are dedicated to supporting humanity. One of the reasons people are drawn to this work is because somewhere along the way, we began healing ourselves. Whether it was overcoming childhood trauma, transitioning out of damaging relationships and patterns, or an insatiable quest for knowledge, the truth and ultimate freedom. As we learn techniques and methods for overcoming and creating abundance in our lives, it is only natural for some of us that the next state of progression is to begin teaching and sharing what we’ve learned to benefit others. Some do it through pastoral care, some through private programs, some through workshops and conferences, some through writing books and giving lectures. There is an abundance of resources and individuals available to help people transition from where they don’t want to be to somewhere more positive, happy and alive. Somewhere along the way though, we can get stuck with being so positive, happy and alive, we become oblivious to the pain of the humanity that surrounds us, forgetting we were either there once ourselves, or if it wasn’t for our work, we could be there now. It is to the point that if we are uncomfortable,...

The Whitewashing of Religion

Today, I had coffee with one of the most beautiful souls to have crossed my path recently. He is the Rector of an Episcopal church where I live. It is interesting how we connected and how this friendship has opened a new dialogue in my life. During these past few days, I’ve really opened up about my background, where I came from and my experience in the church. The reason for this is because I felt outcast and bullied for the spiritual choices that I’ve made with my life today. The main part of what I do is teach meditation. I have developed a way, for me, that allows me inner freedom and gives me strength. From there, I work with others to develop their own meditative practices that will support them with their personal goals. My passion is in helping people challenge themselves to question their beliefs and shatter their illusions. These are the things that hold us all back from reaching our true potential. In a world where strict religious dogma isn’t a factor, a meditation practice like this is fairly innocuous. However, where there is a fear-driven belief system involved, this type of meditation is serious business. After removing myself completely from the church, I was left a bit of awash in searching for community. I have lovingly piecemealed together a community that supports and accepts me, as I do them. There was however, this issue with the church. The fracturing of the church and all of it’s pieces. It is disconcerting to me how we all function outside of each other, often with a the common...

Evangelical End Times

As a former evangelical Christian, I am especially sensitive to the teachings within the belief system. This morning, I came across an article about the Greek Prime Minister, a man who is atheist and refused to take his oath of office on the Bible, which is fitting, since he doesn’t believe in it. This is a man whose message is ushering in global peace, with love, harmony and social justice. Because of this, he is now, apparently Satan. If you want to see the article I’m referencing, it’s here. Here is the thing…evangelicals have been looking for this evil “anti-Christ” for over 2,000 years. It’s time to stop it and here’s why. First, it’s fear. If perfect love casts out all fear, then why are evangelicals looking for fearful things? Stop it. Second, it’s judgement. Evangelicals cannot wait for God to come down here and squash all the evildoers, the gays, Muslims and everyone else that hasn’t accepted their gospel. We were not born with a belief system. Everyone is programmed with one by someone else. No one is inherently right. NO ONE is right. Everyone thinks their belief system is right for everyone else. Do you not see the insanity of this? Do you not see that you are part of the problem? Stop it. Stop looking for a judgement day. Every moment that you spend looking for judgement is a moment that you have separated yourself from Christ. Think about it. Third, it separates you from being love. See that baby? That sweet, innocent baby? That was you. That was me. That is everyone. We are all sweet innocent...