I studied a lot of world religions growing up. Originally, I only had Christian ones to choose from, but the more I travelled and lived abroad, my perspectives grew and changed. The more I learned, the more I realized how little I actually knew.
Regardless of whether I spent time in Temples, Mosques or in the forest, I knew that I loved the ritual of marking special occassions. It brings meaning to our crazy human experience, even when it's as simple as blowing out candles on a birthday cake!
But, to choose from one of the many religions I encountered felt impossible. There was always some dogma or limiting belief that I couldn't come to terms with, especially as a woman.
However, at their core, all religions are metaphysical. Metaphysics deals with the basic questions of life and our earthly existence. Metaphysics, in its base form, refers to the study or practice of anything beyond the physical, which includes love, connection with others, the search for universal truths, and the pursuit of happiness.
People wonder if I perform non-religious or civil ceremonies, and I have to laugh, because I don't actually believe such ceremonies exist. Ceremony and rituals are our intentions and ideas, flowing through a field of consciousness, affecting and creating the world around us. The act itself changes us. This idea is common to most major religions and is supported by the teachings of psychology and quantum physics.
By becoming ordained with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, every ceremony I perform, big or small, traditional or non-traditional, focuses on the most mysterious, magical, and non-tangible energy force called LOVE! I embrace all peoples of any faith tradition, of any background or social group, because as long as you believe in love, connection, and kindness, we are on the same page!
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