To me, the start, that first step, is to recognize that there is that of God in each of us. I
believe that we all have the light within us and that we’re all
connected by that divine energy.
We refer to it as “aether” but it doesn’t matter what you call it: chi, light, the one…it’s
the golden thread that binds us.
I surround myself with people that help me to see that by being part of the Quaker
community, but that isn’t the only way or the only method of
connection. All spiritual paths are the right path. Some people
connect with the divine through religious practice, some through
music, some through silence.
I didn’t grow up going to Quaker meeting. I lived on the border of Mexico in
Brownsville, Texas. Most of the population there is Catholic, and
many of the celebrations, the weddings, the baptisms, started off
with a Catholic service. Sometimes I went to my best friend’s
Mormon temple. My family went for a while to a Baptist church,
then spent more time as part of the First Presbyterian
congregation. My mom taught me all the while that as we
attended, we listened. We absorbed. And then we discerned. I
learned that you must decide for yourself how best you can
connect with your light. I married a Muslim man; an Alevi, a man
that was considered “too Muslim” in America and “not Muslim
enough” in Turkey. But there was a time when we didn’t know
whether we could form a family. We dated for six years before we
decided to get married and one of our biggest concerns that kept us
from marrying was wondering how we would raise our children.
We decided in the end that the children would choose their own
spiritual path and as I’ve matured, I have come to the conclusion
that everyone ultimately chooses their own spiritual path whether
they are raised in a family with a single religious focus or whether
they are raised in a family with different religious backgrounds or
Love & Light,