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Kate Atchley

My own spiritual journey

As I pondered writing about my beliefs, I found myself reading the words alongside, from A Course in Miracles (published by Arkana ISBN 1-85063-016-X) . They help me explain something of my sense of spirit … the Sacred, the Source of all, that unknowable, ineffable Presence.

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There is no need for help to enter Heaven for you have never left. But there is need for help beyond yourself as you are circumscribed by false beliefs of your identity.

A Course in Miracles
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Zen Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, has been a guiding light for me for many years. Above my desk is a piece of his calligraphy which reads: “The Kingdom is now or never.” These are two examples of the same message: that heaven is here and now, in this moment …. but …

It is the ‘but’ that has created, for me, the need for others “beyond myself” to help me recognise heaven in this lifetime. It is the ‘but’ which has led me to develop spiritually. I have never doubted the truth of the message that all is well … that love, joy, peace and freedom are available to us in every moment. ‘But’ my mundane experience has rarely been one of undiluted heaven! So I have been drawn to others more advanced on their path than me, to help me witness and surrender my egotistical control and fear; to dwell more solidly in that joyful connectedness which is Oneness.

As a Buddhist I am drawn also to Jesus’s great teachings of love; as a Christian I share my joy in meditation; as a spiritual being I offer respect and appreciation that there are Many Paths, One Truth. For me, the sacred abounds in all that is; there is no single way to the Divine, no path more blessed than another. Each of us, with willingness and commitment, finds and embraces the teachings and practices which best nourish our highest self … and as we evolve so these change.

So let us hold hands in solidarity across cultural and religious divides as we journey spiritually … let us create new dances of love and understanding … let us experience our differences as expansive gifts rather than causes for fear.