Stephen's Spiritual Journey

These are a collection of articles and blog posts of Stephen trying to make sense of life here on earth.

6 Aug 2018

A Great Encouragement at the UU Church

Submitted by Stephen Winters
For many years I have felt like I've been muzzled in church. I did not feel the freedom to speak of what I was really thinking, feeling, and believing. I did not feel that it was acceptable (by the church staff and members) to just be real.
I have been searching for many years for a church where I could be real, where I could be accepted for who I am, and where I could openly express my thoughts and ideas and questions about religion and life. At times I have been so discouraged, thinking that I was alone, so different and so strange.
 
18 Jul 2018

Wanting to be Known and Accepted

Submitted by Stephen Winters

For a long time I have been wanting people to know who I was, what I thought about, and what I believed, and to fully accept me within that context. I've wanted people in my life to really listen to me, want to deeply know me, and to fully accept me for who I am. I have wanted to be validated by other people. I've wanted that from one of my relatives for a long time. In fact, that would be great if I received that from most of my close family. However, that hasn't happened. I remember part of what my counselor told me, that of not traumatizing other people by what I would say or do.

22 Jun 2018

Living a Life of Wonder

Submitted by Stephen Winters
Is This Life Horrible or Wonderful?
In this life, what you look for is what you will find.
If you are looking for what is miserable and awful,
    that is what you will find, a world that is miserable and awful,
      filled with every dreaded thing
 
If you look for what is wonderful and awe-inspiring,
    that is what you will find, a world that is wonderful and awe-inspiring,
      filled with all the delights and wonders of this.
 
27 May 2018

What do I know?

Submitted by Stephen Winters
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In my life there have been times when I so wanted others to agree with me or to acknowlege that I was right or that I had the answers.
However, the further along I get in this journey of life I get, the more I realize how little I do know. And it is becoming less important to me that everyone (or anyone) agrees with me, or thinks that I am right. It is also less important to me that I know that I am right. I just try to do the best I can and try to do the right thing, with the facts and situations in life as I see them from my limited perspective.
9 Jan 2016
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What is God?
What do I mean when I say God?
These two things are not necessarily the same thing. Just because  I think that  God  is something  does  not make it so. At times the word "God" seems beyond my ability to understand or comprehend. And yet for the sake of understanding I must try to explain what I mean when I say God.

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