I’ve recently been on a path to find my spirituality. You can read all about it here! While my journey is long and expansive, I thought I’d break some things down as to why I chose the path I did.
As mentioned in My Path To Spirituality, I was not raised in a religious household. Catholicism was the accepted religion amongst my family members, but we were not the type of people to go to church every Sunday.
When I was in college, I joined Choir, which mostly performed sacred texts in Christianity. I had a lot of fun doing this; singing is a meditative practice for me & I gained a family of singers. Upon graduating college, I lost touch with Choir, and therefore any religious aspect that might have been in my life.
At my latest employment, I was working as head teacher at a preschool in the basement of a church. My employer took me under her wing, spoke to me about the word of God, and opened my heart to the world of Christianity. I was very cautious to take this step in my life. I had learned about the ugly side of organized religion, and wasn’t sure if it was something for me. It took a while for me to accept Him into my life, but I eventually caved and pledged my allegiance.
As I continued my practice, I learned about the truths of Christianity, and how it’s values didn’t line up with mine. I knew there were injustices occurring worldwide (money greediness, pedophilia, etc); and I tried to justify them with the idea that “there is corruption everywhere”. However, the more I researched, the more I realized that these injustices were the result of a broken system that has been washed down throughout history to sugar coat these injustices. I will later do an article that explains historically how Christianity came to be, and how it is still used today to justify acts of violence.
For these reasons, I realized that I could not pledge my loyalty to Christianity. A God who justifies raping and pillaging on the basis that He is the one true leader, rather than respecting everyone’s individual right to practice spirituality at their own whim, is not for me.
I would like to say that I don’t believe all Christians are inherently bad people. I believe Christians today, accept this religion because it’s the most common one, and it generally tells you to be a good person. However, if you look at the history of Christianity, and you read the Bible, you may realize that these ideologies conflict.
My purpose for writing this article today is for you to question the norm. Don’t accept things the way they are just because “that’s the way it’s always been”. Spirituality is key in every single one of us. We have the right to know if we were cheated, lied to, and forced to praise a false prophet.
Spirituality means different things to different people. According to Oxford Dictionaries, spirituality is “the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material of physical things”. This can often go hand in hand with religion. For years, I’ve been searching for my own spirituality, and I believe I’ve finally found it.
As a young girl growing up in Chile, I was raised with mild Catholic Standards. By this, I mean that it was the accepted religion on both of my parents’ side of the family, but we did not strictly follow the daily/weekly practices. When we moved to the states, our Catholic ties were loosened even more, attending Church only on holidays, some years.
When I was in middle school, I first learned about levitation through meditation. The possibility fascinated me, and I began loose self meditation practice. When I was in high school, I learned about witchcraft, and the using natural elements for healing. Even though I was really intrigued, after purchasing two books, not much practice was done.
In early college, I began attending a Buddhist temple. It was very enjoyable practice for me. Difficult at first, but once I got the rhythm down, it was really nice to bond with the other members through meditation. When I transferred colleges, I ended my meditation with the Buddhist temple, and continued meditation through the non denominational church at my college. I also took a course on the philosophy of religion, where I was able to study all major religions today (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, & Buddhism). This taught me that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are a continuation of the same story; Hinduism most closely follows my personal beliefs; and the Buddhist path to enlightenment isn’t one I was fond of.
Once I graduated, I lost touch with the spiritual side of my life. It wasn’t until my latest employer, that I reopened the doors to the world of spirituality. Almost two years after graduation, I started working as head teacher at a preschool in the basement of a church. While my job was not religious in its nature, my employer saw the light in me and invited me into the world of Christianity. I was nervous at first, unsure of wether to trust this religion. I allowed myself to open to the light of Christianity and learn what it had to teach me.
Due to COVID-19, I lost my teaching job, and gained my time back. At first, I used my time to explore my hobbies, and things that brought me joy. Soon, I found that I wasn’t REALLY happy. There was something missing from my life. I once again, reopened the doors to my spiritual side, and began doing research. The world of Shamanism found me, and I immediately knew that this was what I was destined for.
A Shaman believes the body is a vessel for the spirit, which is eternal, and incarnates in order to heal, receive valuable experiences, & be of service to others. All my life I’ve known I’m meant to help others, but never knew what avenue to take. This feels like a stronger calling than anything I’ve tried before, and I’m so excited to begin this journey. I hope you’ll follow along with me in all my discoveries!!
Cheeba had an A M A Z I N G time at Garefest. Not only did she get to network for Troupe Inc., but she also made lots of really special connections with people she had never met before. She even managed to squeeze in a little fun, while doing artist spotlights on vendors at the festival.
Once she got home, it was back to work again for Cheeba. The big project Cheeba got from Garefest, was finalizing the giveaway. From the pictures, to the rules, to the random number generator. It was a lot of work! But it definitely paid off. Between Troupe Inc. and her day job, it’s been hard for Cheeba to find time for herself.
Luckily, she has a really amazing boyfrancé that makes life so much easier. In the midst of all the chaos, an unsuspecting holiday came and went for Cheeba. Her Independence Day!! As many of you may know, Cheeba is Chilean. Their Independence Day is September 18th, which fell on a Wednesday this year. Seeing as that is a work day, Zig Zag arranged for both of them to get off work early, and they attended the local fair. Cheeba had so much fun!! She even went home with two goldfish, which later inspired a whole aquarium addition to the house.
As of today, Cheeba still struggles to balance her life between Troupe Inc. and her day job. But she’s taking it day by day with help from Ziggy. She has dropped three new vlogs, hosted a giveaway, and continues creating fresh content daily. Stay tuned for more Cheeba updates!