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13 things I believe in!

spirit: the part of things which is the ethereal blueprint for them, the perfect core. I believe plants, minerals, animals, humans, stars, places, bodies of water, and everything else each has a spirit. I believe that all beings can commune with other beings through this core-self. I believe all beings are part of a whole self -- we are just the limbs of a much larger creature. I see humans as also having soul and heart, and of course mind and body. I feel that some non-human beings also have souls, but I'm not sure what the pattern is there.

magic: the ability of individual consciousness to affect the pattern of the universe. I believe that thoughts and emotions are magical; words are the manifestation of these things and as such can draw even stronger patterns -- especially in Naming. I believe in the use of symbols in ritual; physical representations of thoughts and emotions provide a focus that strengthens the magic. I have used my thoughts, emotions, words, and ritual to affect the pattern of my life and seen amazing clusters of "coincidences" as a result.

critical analysis: accepting and/or dismissing nothing without careful examination for the assumed meaning and possible purpose. I believe every piece of knowledge must be reshaped in order to make it part of oneself; without this, one's mind is just a collection of other people's thoughts (it's the difference between building a structure from gifted materials, and just leaving the materials in a haphazard pile. The second is not very useful). I believe every person has something I can learn from them, and I believe in taking every opportunity to find those things.

mindful touch: touch that is full of awareness. I believe touch is sacred and find thoughtless touch to be upsetting most of the time; it feels like a desecration. I believe touch requires consent, always. I want to be touched by people who are aware of my desires, my reactions, my body, my boundaries. I do my best to touch people only in ways that please them (not just in ways that don't bother them); if in doubt, I will not touch.

asking: questioning instead of assuming or accepting or wondering. Asking for what I want; asking if I have interpreted correctly; asking why a pattern exists; asking myself how I can change a harmful pattern; asking to help others learn about themselves; increasing openness through invitations to share.

bold emotion: not dampening, silencing, or shaming my own or others' emotions. Experiencing the full spectrum at full volume and calling no emotion "bad" but considering them all teachers. Expressing my own emotions without censoring.

creating/living art: elevating every action to an art form, every item one owns to an expression of self. I believe mass-produced things can be rescued with customization. I believe everything deserves uniqueness. I believe in finding every possible way to express oneself.

colors: I believe in surrounding myself with color like some people believe in eating green veggies. Color nourishes me, especially the colors which reflect parts of me (spirit, heart, soul).

nudity: of the body and the inner self. I believe in hiding nothing; wearing only what decorates and highlights.

giving: of self, of resources. I believe in giving at least 11% of what I earn to support organizations that are dedicated to my core values or to caretaking beings I love (like trees and snow leopards). I believe in giving whatever help I can to whomever asks it of me.

self-love: loving and caretaking oneself. I believe in learning to love every part of myself (spirit, heart, soul, mind, body) exactly as I am in the moment and in making self-care a priority. If I do not nourish myself, I will not be able to nourish others. My first responsibility is to take care of me.

coffee: the ritual and the drink. For me, making coffee is a sacred ritual (if I ever make you coffee it means you're very important to me); it's the equivalent of "communion" in the church. Which is part of the reason I could be quite happy being a barista as a lifelong career. I believe in fresh-roasted, fresh-ground, fair-trade coffee beans, in high-quality flavor syrups and in organic, ethically-produced milk.

Georgia: my state, my land. I believe in the gorgeous thickness of trees, in the heart which pulses in Atlanta, in the growing movement for equality. I believe in the -estness and diversity of Georgians, in the sticky heavy heat of Georgia summers, in the land which calls me its own. I do not think I will live here for the rest of my life, but I do believe Georgia will always call me back. Horrible things have been perpetrated on this land, but it still feels so willing to care for and connect with anyone who reaches out. I may be a transplant offshoot of a destructively invasive family (kinda like kudzu) but this red clay is where I've rooted, and I will do my best to help heal the land.

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fauncheeks ══╣╠══
i love 'bold emotion' this is something im trying to practice. your coffee ritual is just like how i feel about tea ! warm drinks are very important
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
yay for practicing bold emotion! <3 and ritual food or drink is pretty important, I definitely agree with you there.
beerjudge ══╣Brian╠══
Beautiful post.

The only place I'm going to disagree is, "Georgia". I spent last Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson airport...no alcohol before noon? That's just not right. :-p

belenen ══╣amused╠══
well, you can't really disagree in my belief in GA, but you don't have to share it of course ;-) The no-alcohol-sales-on-Sunday thing is in process for removal though, just btdubs :D
beerjudge ══╣╠══
I was more ranting about not having a beer during my layover. The few times I've ventured away from the airport, I've always liked Georgia.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
I getcha, I just couldn't resist poking at your phrasing ;-)
chillychilly22 ══╣╠══
I couldn't resist asking about how one can NOT disagree with your belief. I got into an argument with one of my friends when she disagreed with one of my beliefs telling me that I don't know for sure cause I don't have evidence to satisfy HER. I blew up inside and calmness flew right out the window.

So I was wondering how to better state that even though THEY don't know for themselves, they can not disagree with me. I am not spouting off whimisical fantasies that are "nice" or "could be possible".
belenen ══╣ewwwww╠══
Yeah, it's like saying "my favorite color is violet" and someone responding, "I disagree" -- it just doesn't make sense! I think some people have a hard time with thinking that what is true for one may not be true for another.
Blue skies
jenniology ══╣Blue skies╠══
I love this. I really want to do a post like this now!
belenen ══╣intrigued╠══
I would love to read it! :D Especially after seeing your summary on fb :D
divinemiss_em ══╣╠══
I love the things you are passionate about!

Giving is something that I think is really hard for people. In principle, I like to think of myself as a giving, selfless person. But in reality, I know that isn't true. I have never, not once, given any significant amount of money to a cause that I believe strongly in.

I suppose my point is that it is a wonderful thing to outline and put into words the things that one believes in, because then you can see where you aren't living in accordance with your beliefs.

Would you mind if I used this as a template for self-reflection and posted it to my journal?
belenen ══╣honesty╠══
Giving has always been pretty easy for me. Before I ever had a job or owned anything expensive I learned the concept of tithe: giving away a portion of what I get so that I can remind myself that I can't really own anything and that everything -- including the ability to earn money -- is a gift. I think it's more difficult to move into that idea (or a similar one) after you're used to thinking of money as a thing you own instead of something that passes through your hands. And it's definitely more difficult without the belief that gifts come back greater -- something I believe in very strongly. For me, giving is easy 'cause I think of it as trading x amount for 2x amount, with some time in between ;-)

Absolutely! I would love it if all my friends did a "13 things I believe in" post :D
ga/ strange and beautiful
acid_burns ══╣ga/ strange and beautiful╠══
Georgia sounds like a place I could really love :)

in the sticky heavy heat of Georgia summers ♥♥♥
its_paul ══╣╠══
You have expressed a lot of great thoughts with this entry. You know what you want and are developing the skills to make the outcome is as how you desire.
Great thought patterns. I enjoy your writings. You make my mind think.
chillychilly22 ══╣╠══
Love this post... :) I've been re-working everything I thought I knew for about a year. Crazy times. Even crazier that I'm back on livejournal commenting. Wha the?! :P
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