About Just Dawn
Welcome to Just Dawn!
A little over a month ago, before Thanksgiving (2010), my daughter was telling me about a family blog that she follows & the personal problems that they were having. To say that I was horrified by what she told me, would not be overstating my reaction – not to their problems but that there were bloggers airing their lives in a public forum for everyone to read! I said to her, “Why would anyone want to blog?!!” I was truly dumbfounded. It took Spirit a little less than a week to answer my rhetorical question. That’s how long it took for me to realize that I wanted to blog about my personal spiritual path, experiences & realizations.
I long ago realized that there are no truly rhetorical questions. Spirit answers each & everyone. You must want to know, otherwise why would you ask? So, first lesson: Don’t ask unless you want to know the answer! Obviously, I wanted to know the answer or maybe Spirit had been just waiting for me to ask so that I would be open to sitting here & blogging. Or maybe a little of both. Anyway, the desire was planted suddenly, overwhelmingly & by the first week in December (2010), I had a domain name picked out & this blog site established. I hope you enjoy it. I know I haven’t been this thrilled since my wedding day, the birth of my daughter & my ordination.
My intent for this blog is to share what I have experienced of a spiritual nature throughout my life. These are not experiences unique to me but they are experiences that very few people seem to have or at least few people talk about having. In sharing them, I hope to let others know that these are normal & should maybe even be expected & sought out. After all, we are spiritual beings not just physical beings.
Growing up, I mostly kept these experiences to myself, since no one else talked about them. I explained them away in my mind & trivialized them, since there were no possible explanations that I could come up with & no one else, least of all my church, seemed to know of them or speak of them. As a teenager & then as a young adult, I began to understand these as experiences of Spirit & I sought out books & finally turned to alternative religions looking for explanations. I became disillusioned with Christianity as a whole & threw the baby (Jesus Christ) out with the bath water (all established Christian religions), so to speak, believing that Christ was to blame for the lack I perceived in the established religions.
Eventually, I realized I didn’t feel good about excluding Christ from my path & I returned to my Christian roots. Thus began the long process of uniting my personal experience of Spirit with my Christian upbringing & finding my own path back home to myself & God. And while I may call myself a Christian Gnostic, my intent is not to teach that path nor any particular religion, creed, dogma or belief system. After all, there are nearly as many different forms of Christian Gnosticism as there are individual gnostics. Each person has to find their own way back home to God, to Spirit, to themselves. As we are each unique, we each have a truly unique spiritual path. I simply want to increase the awareness of God & Spirit & what is possible. I hope to do this through sharing all of the experiences that I have had & new ones as well. Each of us has the capacity to experience God directly, first-hand, up-close & personal. In fact, probably right now you are experiencing Spirit. You may or may not be aware of it. God is talking to us all the time. We just have not learned to listen to nor to recognize that what we perceive is God or Spirit.
As a pastoral counselor & human being, I see people every day looking for answers outside of themselves, never realizing that the answers to their questions are as close as their questions. The trick, if you can call it that, is to cultivate a personal relationship with God & Spirit by cultivating an awareness of God & Spirit. This cultivation of awareness of Spirit is something that is sadly missing in our American culture & in many of our religions. It is this lack, I intend to address in my blog posts. I may at times sound new age & at other times sound fundamentalist or any other of a number of labels. I am neither. Many ideas labeled “New Age” are anything but new & many “Fundamentalist” ideas are basic teachings that are as valid today as they were thousands of years ago. Spirit made it very clear to me, quite a long time ago, that my path is a straight & narrow one between all extremes & even to some degree encompassing the extremes. Terminology is another tricky area that may arise in my blog posts. I use the terms Spirit & God interchangeably which may be confusing to some. I recognize the existence of the multitude in spirit including the Holy Spirit, Christ, Angels, Arch Angels, etc. but I usually just say Spirit when speaking of any of these individually or as a whole as in God. I will try to be specific if it’s relevant, otherwise feel free to ask me if you’re not certain what I mean.
See you on the blog page!