20 Aug 2016 A Life Without Labels, Be Yourself (Audioslave song)

Hello my world family….how are things going in your personal dimensions today?  It’s about 8:31 pm and as you can tell, I’ve kind of taken a liking to writing in the evening for a time.  I feel less rushed as I sit here writing to you now.  In the morning there are so many things….routines to be followed through….such is a life with dogs and cats.  They are sticklers for their routines and my trying to blog first thing in the morning doesn’t sit well with my four-legged or two-legged family members LOL.  Never mind about MY ROUTINE….hahaha.  So I’ll try this for a bit and see how it goes!

I didn’t write a prayer list like I have been because today I spent mostly in bed!  Just wasn’t feeling good the first part of the day.  It never fails that after it rains and I go outside to listen to my music and play with the clouds, that I’ll get weird bites all over and not feel good.  We are pretty sure it’s not mosquitos that are biting me because the bites get really red and splotchy.  Who knows.  Sleep helps me get through just about anything.  I told Kyle I have this funny theory going.  What is happening is I’m in another dimension and when they do surgery on me it shows up on my body in this dimension as bug bites!  NOW THAT is a science fiction story for you!! LOL  Anyhew…sci-fi silly aside – this evening, after reading this post from Rachelmankowitz: https://rachelmankowitz.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/a-prayer-for-healing/, I did write down one name for today…hers!  My prayer for her is whatever is for her greatest good with much loving intention!  This simple prayer has become my primary prayer when praying for anyone or any situation.  I am incapable of seeing her whole life from this point on and what would be best for any given part of her journey.  That is for a power much greater than myself so I’ll let them to it!

As I’ve come to 48 years on this earth, I’ve come to realize that a life without “labels” is the way to go.  It allows me a life of impartiality towards any one person, place, thing or cause.  I have found that whenever I have chosen a label in which to identify my spirituality and political affiliations I tend to become very biased and judgemental towards others with differing “labels.”   I do struggle at times with certain “hot topics” and the people who differ in their views on them, but I do try to listen, to learn and most of all to understand their point of view before countering with my own.  It can be EXTREMELY difficult at times not to go off on people when we disagree!  Progress, not perfection!

As an example of why I think a life without labels is preferred will be me.  For a time I was a Christian.  For a longer time I was a Catholic.  For a short time after that I tried being a Christian again.  I found I just didn’t fit into these boxes but I am grateful for the “foundation” they gave me!   I tried many different types of churches from the small Episcopalian Church with may be a 100 parishioners to a Mega Church with thousands….I just didn’t fit.  There have been several times I’ve had to get up and leave a church service because I felt like was going to get angry, I was disappointed in the messages, hurt by what I saw parishioners doing (like arriving late for services and leaving before the priest had left the church, cutting people off for parking spaces….singing like they were at a funeral instead of a celebration).  I’ve only ever  found true peace in one church….the “outside” church of Mother Nature.   Her and Father don’t care what you wear, how much money you have, you don’t have to worry about decorations, paying rent for a building or utilities or hiring musicians…..all taken care of!  I explored Wicca and other Pagan religions and didn’t fit under those “banners” either.  I decided the only way I could talk to everyone freely and without judgement was to have no label at all!  As soon as I adopted that philosophy I felt, for the first time, true freedom!

An example I can give you to illustrate the fundamentalist Christian that I was for a very brief time is this.  I was the type that could walk into the most beautiful house in the world and only notice a box of Kleenex or a painting that was crooked.  I would become so focused, passionate and blind in my “label” (whatever it was at the time) and everything that came with it, usually a dogma of one kind or another,  that I just couldn’t see all of the other beautiful things in that house!  I didn’t see the paintings, the people living there, the dog, the cat or the lovely rose boquet,….I only saw the one thing that “label”  wanted me to focus on….that I thought was the only thing that mattered.  My world was only black and white!

I had a boss when I was stationed in Germany, TSgt Bob Harper, that told me that he noticed this about me….that I was a lot like a parrot.  I didn’t seem to know what I thought for myself, what made me happy or what I wanted for myself in life.  I’m so glad he said that to me and in time I realized he was right.  It’s what I was taught – to mimic, to pretend, to be someone or something I wasn’t just to please someone or something besides myself and I made myself crazy over it!

A life without labels means finding out who you are and what you believe…what you want out of this life.  It means not living a life for someone else or living a life just waiting to die and be judged by a judge that has, by most accounts,  already condemned you as unworthy!  A life without labels, for me, has enabled me to find the loving, forgiving, compassionate, non-judgemental “God” that like any great parent(s) just wants me to BE ME!  BE HAPPY!  LIVE!

Be Yourself

Someone falls to pieces
Sleeping all alone
Someone kills the pain
Spinning in the silence
She finally drift away
Someone gets excited
In a chapel yard
Catches a bouquet
Another lays a dozen
White roses on a grave

And be yourself is all that you can do
To be yourself is all that you can do

Someone finds salvation in everyone
Another only pain
Someone tries to hide themself
Down inside himself he prays
Someone swears their true love
Until the end of time
Another runs away
separate or united?
Healthy or insane?

And be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
To be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
To be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
Be yourself is all that you can do

Even when you’ve paid enough
Been pulled apart
Or been held up
Every single memory of
The good or bad, faces of love
Don’t lose any sleep tonight
I’m sure everything will end up alright
You may win or lose

But to be yourself is all that you can do
To be yourself is all that you can do
To be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
To be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
To be yourself is all that you can
Be yourself is all that you can
Be yourself is all that you can do

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When you can’t agree,  Agree to disagree! (My Mom and I use this one ALOT!)

P.S. Episode 3 of Humans tv series I mentioned in my blog yesterday….can’t wait to get next disk!  Gemma Chan and the entire cast is just brilliant!




3 comments on “20 Aug 2016 A Life Without Labels, Be Yourself (Audioslave song)

  1. The way I see it, Jackie, once we take human form, we define the Indefinable…and then go wayyyy off the deep end in that exercise, lol! We are already perfect when we come here, for a time, to experience…whatever it is we wish to experience. No judgment. No labels (unless we feel like it). Nothing to learn (most people have trouble with this). No progress to make (yeah, another problematic one). In a body we are able to experience tons of stuff that’s just not possible without one. That’s why we come. Not to seek or find perfection, we already come from that. Not to seek or find knowledge, we already know everything. Simply to experience, unconditionally, with no judgment. Once we start judging and placing conditions on our experience…the suffering begins, as do the justifications and the search for meaning. Oy! Enjoy your Sunday, sweetie! 😉 xoM

    • Love how you think M! It’s too bad we aren’t all typically “allowed” to do all the things you described without meeting a quite a bit of resistance and if you do succeed in the missions you describe we come here for there is the accompanying isolation….least that’s been the case for me most of my life. Glad we found each other! Love to you and hope your Sunday has been wonderful. J

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