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ptsum

Tsalagi Spiritual Elder

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  1. Woodrow LI
    04-03-2017 06:48 PM - permalink
    Woodrow LI Moderator
    Life has been hectic since December. Wife was in the VA hospital for the entire month of February, since then she has only been home on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each weer. She is getting massive Chemo-therapy every Wednesday and it knocks her for a loop. But she is getting good results and the chemo is working.

    But it is still a long and hard road ahead.
  2. VillageLife
  3. 03-24-2017 05:19 PM - permalink
    _redbird_
    Hello!

    From Okra homa
  4. khminh
    08-28-2015 01:23 PM - permalink
    khminh
    The Abrahamic system offers me some guidance, but it isn't an ideal system. To me, neopaganism (earth-centered religion) and native spirituality make more sense.

    Do you think I'm asking for troubles? Buddhism has been known as a religion of serenity and pace, but I feel strayed from it ever since I recognized my lack of the Creator connection. Buddhism is behind me; I can't go back. Other faiths are in front of me. The majority of them is Abrahamic religions, which are not suitable for me. Hence, I cannot come forward to them. Even though I can see a better road for me, that road is narrow. I hope to arm myself with the right means to walk on that path.

    I hope what I'm saying makes sense to you. English is not my first language.

    Do you have any recommendation of books that I can read?

    Thank you.
  5. khminh
    08-28-2015 01:21 PM - permalink
    khminh
    Then I read the Bible, recognized the wisdom it offered, but also realized that there was something not right about many passages, the ones that fundamentalists like to quote. My yearning for God is stronger, but my affinity for the Bible never grows. Everyday I pray to God/Higher Power for guidance to the right path. In my heart I know that if I join a church, I may end up becoming a fundamentalist. Even though I grow more confidence in my connection with the divine, I want to explore different systems that can help me maintain that confidence.
  6. khminh
    08-28-2015 01:20 PM - permalink
    khminh
    Two years before I came to the USA, I happened to sit next to a Catholic classmate. She never intended to talk about religion to me. I was the one who brought the subject. She happily answered my questions. Ever since I have begun to have doubt about my faith. It was like there was an emptiness in me. As you probably know, Buddhism is all about self liberation. There is no creator involved. I soon realized that the emptiness I felt is my lack of God/Higher Power awareness.
  7. khminh
    08-28-2015 01:19 PM - permalink
    khminh
    Thank you so much, pstsum. I feel more confident now. I hope you don't mind me expressing my concern about my spiritual path.

    People say ignorance is bliss, and this is certainly true to me. From the age of 6 to 16 (more or less), I was a devout Buddhist. It was the only religion I'm exposed to due to my family's tradition. I felt bliss, or at least I thought I was in the happily spiritual state until my family moved to Catholic neighbor. I was still a devout Buddhist even then.
  8. khminh
    08-28-2015 02:34 AM - permalink
    khminh
    Hello spiritual Elder
    I have been reading some of your posts, and I really like your spiritual view.
    I do believe in Higher Power, but not necessarily Christian concept about God. I read the Bible a bit to have a base of my spirituality, but I figure the rest for myself.

    It seems like my concept of God is more similar to Great Spirit concept than Abrahamic concept. Do you mind explain to me how God or Great Spirit is perceived according to Native Americans? Do all tribes have the same view?

    I like to search for God in the nature, kind of like Earth based religion practice. I would love to know more about First Nation spiritual concept. Hopefully you can show me. Thanks.
  9. katjonjj
    05-30-2015 12:10 AM - permalink
    katjonjj
    Good to see you again. It's been a few years. Enjoy your posts. Thanks!
  10. MJ7
    03-15-2014 05:38 PM - permalink
    MJ7
    Thank you for your service.

About Me

  • About ptsum
    Location
    Log home in the Appalachians
    Occupation
    retired
    Education
    some college
    Sex
    Male
    Marital/Relationship status
    Married
    Favorite Music
    smooth jazz, easy listening country
    Favorite Books
    god is red.
    Favorite Movies
    Cloud Atlas,for now
    Birthplace
    Maryland
    Heritage
    Tsalagi/Irish
    Ethnicity
    Native American
    Children
    3 Daughters
    Height
    1 Fathem
    Weight
    275 lbs.
    Body type
    muscular
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    Black/Silver streaks
    Eye color
    Deep Blue
    Heroes
    Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Tecumseh, Sequoia.
    Sexual orientation
    heterosexual
    Religion/Worldview
    Spiritual
    Pets
    2 dogs
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