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!!