For most of my life, and I can certainly speak for myself, I have been let down or disappointed by people, so much that I became wary of people and their ways or possible agendas. I no longer trusted people. When I found myself actually feeling this toward my fellow human beings, I realized I became sad about it. At first I was defiant about my feelings because I had been let down so much by people I trusted and loved, that I wanted to day “Be damned the world!”, In my most dramatic voice, and the word damned rhyming wid wuk! lol.
I have always been a very loving person, and that is something innate, something you were born with, it is not a personalty you come into, it is inbred, but life had a harsh reality check for me and it took a while for me to realize what life was teaching me, by the time I realized the cold harsh reality that there are many people in this world with sinister agendas, and not so good intentions. I had been bitten many times and taken advantage of so much that I am still recovering at present.
Camaraderie is a feeling of good friendship among people in a group, and most times they do not have to even know each other or have even met face to face, given the world of technology where most things are often internet driven. My friend Oguntunde called me this weekend and in our conversation he mentioned that if he had a blog he would post once every two weeks, or perhaps once per week, and I had other persons tell me the same. I really had not put thought to what people had suggested about not blogging everyday, but I paid attention t o Oguntunde’s words yesterday, and after we hung up from each other I began to reflect on what he said. I do that everyday, I go over in my head and through all my conversations with people, through texts, emails or chat, because I believe that messages comes from everywhere even in the simplest conversation. God or your ancestors can speak to you anywhere or at anytime. I have learned this overtime. This is why I always tell you here on Embracing Spirituality “Pay Attention”, Reflect, Introspect, these are life lessons I am teaching you all, Pay Attention!
While I contemplated what Oguntunde said to me, I remembered Saturdays topic on Trevor and other posts where the bloggers who are here with me everyday had a grand time of fun, laughter and happiness. Through our comments and through our general camaraderie with each other. What many people do not know or possibly realize is that whenever groups of people are gathered, regardless of sitting in each others company or over the phone or even through blog sites such as ours or others, there are non physical beings who are present with us also. We all come with our group of Spirits, Guides, Guardians, Ancestors, Orisha’s and then some. If the setting is peaceful other beings who may be passing through will settle among us, sharing and enjoying the energy that we are giving off, and if the setting is filled with confusion, those non- physical beings who feeds off those emotions will be in the middle enjoying and adding the same right along with you, same if the setting is violent, quarrelsome, evil or otherwise, you name it.
The synergy created here is awesome, and while I may go off every once in a while about how awesome you guys who blog with me are, it truly is coming from a place of good emotion. I may sound mushy or whatever you will call it, but I believe in counting blessings. And often times blessings comes about and it is missed because it did not ride in on a grand white horse declaring that it has arrived with all the bells and whistles following suit. How wonderful for a group of people who have never met, to have such a wonderful connection!
I thought of what Oguntunde said and thought to myself of the healing and closure which writing everyday on this site has given me, and hopefully to all of you in a particular way. Of course it would have happened had I done it his way I suppose, because truly it is sometimes challenging to write everyday and put out material which people will find worthy to read, and often times in the mornings I am perplexed at first at what will I write today. I write mostly all the materials here, so no copying or pasting, and most of you folks do not generally share your stories with me unless it is a dream you want deciphered.
There are almost four hundred Blog postings here on Embracing Spirituality, most of them telling of my life and my experiences. Most of them told regardless of pride or fear, shared because I believed (when I started this blog) that If I shared my own life experiences with you all or who cared to read it, someone who may be experiencing something similar maybe able to relate and find some kind of solace or maybe learn something from my hardship or pain or even my own joy whatever the case maybe.
Many people have told me that they could not do what I did, meaning sharing my personal experiences so openly and I do understand them, but maybe this is one of the reasons I came to this earth realm to live. What I have realized over the years however is that all that I have written about my life and my experiences and what I have learned have helped some people who have made their own comments on the blog or have emailed me privately and that has kept me going.
This Blog so far has or is in the process of (because I am not fully there as yet) resurrecting my faith and confidence in my fellow beings, a renewed hope some what, because I had almost lost all hope that there were or still are good people in the world. Yes, the world is filled with many people of dubious characters and I have certainly met my share of them which I have shared some stories here with you, but how unlikely is it that a group of people such as us, who have never met and with one common aim which is to read and share stories of life and of spirituality, learning and understanding life together, can have such kindred spirits and enjoy each other everyday without fuss, confusion, fight, or even disagreements, (although disagreements are welcome as long as it is friendly) ? How easy is it to offend ,willfully, another person over the internet, a person that you may never see or meet in your life, a person who really means nothing to you, so you could care less about what you say to them, yet we all gather here every day and we enjoy the postings together and we enjoy each other.
There is something special when two or more people are gathered for a particular reason, a task or a mutual challenge which seems more heightened or even more electrically charged to a greater degree of enjoyment or fulfillment than when it is done individually.
Camaraderie is beyond physical closeness, it is minds and spirits coming together for a particular goal, it is us here on Embracing Spirituality who have known each other from another time and another realm who have met up in this life and have partnered together for goodness, (my belief)
Camaraderie is healing, healing from every day pressures of life which produces stress. There is a psalm which says;
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; Psalms :133
In all our lives no matter how strong you believe you are there is always need for support. “No man is an Island and nobody stands alone”, and this I know is true. On Saturday I decided to write a post on the fictional character we here on the blog call Trevor, the story is made up and done just for fun, but as we went along in comments it turned out into a skit which made me so happy when I read it back on Sunday, everybody played their part and we all did well. I felt so renewed and my spirit was lifted up by all this and so when my friend suggested to me that I write once per week or once every two weeks, I could not see myself not interacting with all of you who I have come to know these few months daily.
“How good and pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together”, says the bible, such a true statement. We are all in different parts of the world, we all have our separate lives, yet we find the time to come together to brighten each other, God is surely wonderful.
I like to think of what we have here as spiritual camaraderie after all this is a spiritual blog. We do share, more often me than others, our stories and learn from them, and do so while having fun all in the mix. It is important to have an outlet in life, a good laugh or just plain fun. I had began to think for quite some while now that good genuine coming together with no hidden agenda was not possible, But I am realizing that is just not so. Spirit is the motivator of all things, without spirit nothing can be done, our physical bodies is inhabited by our spirit, and when the physical dies, the spirit goes on to another place within time and space. It is at the urging of our spirit which allows us to meet here daily. Maybe we are all here to give each other a lesson, not only lessons coming from me. Who knows, but Iron sharpeneth Iron and the countenance of one brightens the other.
In my personal life I have this great camaraderie with my children who are the source of my joy. And in my personal life I love to laugh and have fun, I am a “jokester”, I have always been, I am choosy with whom I joke with as some people seem to have been born without a sense of humor and to me that is a very wicked disability. How dull it would be to walk around in life not seeing all the amusing things which nature shows up, or finding fun even within yourself. Whenever I find anybody who can make me laugh or whose sense of humor tun up like my own I hold on to them because they are few and far in between. I have realized in my life that many people cannot let their “hair” down so to speak and be happy because their heart and mind is not relaxed enough to accept the energy being released through good fun and humor, and there are some who gets a particular joy out of another person hurt, we have dealt with the subject here already and the word is Schadenfreude. All is mind and mind is All, and so whatever in this life which we want if we are strong enough mentally we will receive it.
I lacked in my life this which I have found now here on this site. I stayed clear of people because of the bad ones I met. My work is with people and I love them, but I had gotten to a point where I did my work for them , laughed and chatted with them, even liked most of them but I tried not to get close. In my line of work it is not easy to find real, genuine people who will love me and respect me for me, they most often would see me as a spiritualist, diviner, traditionalist which I am, but to them I am the one to put on my magical cape and wand, start up my invisible plane and shout “Oh Mighty Isis!”, like Wonder woman and make all wrong right, (and I can do that lol). I, to them am a source of getting rid of their enemies or telling them who their enemies are or teaching them Juju (most of them want the bad kind), and when they see that I am not up to that (the bad juju), they either backed off or I become an enemy.
In conclusion I must say that it is a good thing for all of us to know that in our lives, we at times need to interact with others and just have a jolly good time. Life as it is on Earth is not a easy road, (please spare the site wid, de Buju Video “it’s not an Easy road”, lol, caws everybody tun selector). And we are all here to help each other along, in which ever way we can. Just as how we can keep hope alive, we can keep love, respect, charity, courage, and Camaraderie alive also. I thank you all, peace and blessing to everyone!
Bí ọkọ̀ kan ó re Ejínrín (a town), ẹgbẹgbẹ̀rún ẹ̀ á lọ. /
If one bus won’t go to Ejinrin, thousands others will go……Yoruba Proverb!
[No one (and nothing) is irreplaceable; alternatives always exist]
All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love….Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned….Obara Meji!