About Zion


 

I’ve always loved to write, ever since I was a young boy, though I neglected this gift I bear for too many years after high school.  Even so, I have always kept a journal, private I would seek to use the English language to capture my ideas and shape them into coherent snippets of my thoughts and as I did, I learned to understand that I teach myself through the process of writing things out, because I ask myself questions, and I seek to explain as though I don’t understand what it is I’m actually writing about.  It is sometime my own amazement that I didn’t understand a subject near so well as I do after I finish writing about it.

I studied Psychology and Religious Studies while in college, and in my quest for God and Wisdom, I have been received into both Protestant and the Roman Catholic Church.  I tend to be very passionate and dedicated to my spirituality, and consequently, when I step into a religion I absorb as much of it as I am able in order to bring myself into the most thorough understanding of their beliefs as possible.  As a result to this approach, I’ve seen through the eyes of both liberal and conservatives, and though i tend to see more commonalities than differences, my journey ultimately would lead me away from Religion all together.

During my separation from religion, I learned about Unconditional Love and the value of me as a person.  I wish I could say I learned that in Church but the reality is that most people just don’t love this way, they love with the condition that you in someway meet an expectation, be likable, like or love me in return, have redeemable and respectable character traits, never use drugs or be homeless, don’t go to prison, there are limits to the love others will seek to give so that you may benefit without expectation of a return and definitely without expectation of how they wish you to relate to them.  This I state because my view on Love is often the topic of my discourse here on my blog, that and what I glean through my prospects through religious studies. I choose to Love with this unreserved abandonment and I do so because I know how, because I am loved in just such a way only I never received this from another person….that is my major lament about all religions, why did I have to learn about Love by myself?  Why don’t I see it in everyday life? The fact that I didn’t forced me to make a choice, if I needed to see the love I was looking for in this world, I was going to have to see it myself, or I just wasn’t going to find it.

 I am still learning, because I know that there are definitely some things that I can’t forgive…they are few, but they do exist, and so I know now unlike I did a year ago, I can seek to give an almost unconditional love, however, if I can’t forgive it, then it does mean I can’t love you!  If God has this limitation as well, then it may be more my reflection upon God, as I see me expressing the Love I sought to find in a God that seemed to be nowhere until I found evidence of Him in me.  

I live  in tune with my heart, and I’m passionate about my beliefs, yet I’m open to every one seeking their own spiritual journey in the way that seems best to them as long as it does no harm to others in the observance of that faith; I have a very low tolerance for hatred.  Philosophies and ideologies that promote such intolerance and violence I will not condone, nor be silent as they march past, they will know I despise their hatred while loving the freedom that allows them to be so intolerant in spite of my disgust.  That being said, I will follow posts to which I do not agree and even despise, and I read literature from many religious convictions. 

I prefer balance; and I wish I could say that I find that by being a calm and centered person; I try to be, but my balance seems to exist in having equal extremes at opposite polarities….My strengths are defined and gifted, and my weaknesses are ingrained and destructive.  It is a constant parade and scar upon the ego to be both my own best instrument for success and the cause of most of my personal failures.

It has been a long road for me, and I know that I’m only just getting started.    My children are now off in college, (I’m proud of them; they each are a treasure.)  I find myself embarking on a new adventure, a new life to lead, as they are now on their way to finding themselves, and I having found myself am now on my way to discover where it is I can be the most I can be.  It may prove thus:  in writing, both in print and the internet, I ponder what I glean from the source that I am, and I do so openly in avenues such as these, so that as I teach myself the depths of truths and meditate upon the Wisdom of experience, perhaps a passerby may find just the piece of a puzzle they need to discover what vexed them until now.  

Thank you for your visit.  Feel free to flip through the pages.  And drop a comment…I love to chat!

 

 

261 thoughts on “About Zion

  1. Thank you for stopping by my feature on Hua Huong who I discovered this past weekend – and for following my blog. People like Hua raise awareness and make us think. As does the book “The Secret” if you’ve ever read that – it’s all about clearly picturing your dream and converting it into reality. Tried it. Loved it. Shared it. Keep up your passion as a writer!

  2. Thanks for the follow. Hope you enjoy my weekly random bits.

    Looks like you have some good stuff here that I look forward to exploring. :>

  3. Just like them, I’m grateful of your time visiting through my site (richlyblessedmauve). I really appreciate. Might explore soon yours.

  4. Promiscuous blog writing. I like that. Sad that you stepped away from religion all together – hope you’ll come back to Jesus as your personal savior some day. But also hope you cherish the freedom of expression and speech and religion and never take it for granted. Thank you for following my blog. Praying your path eventually leads you through the narrow gate!

  5. Thank you for following my blog. I hope your visits to my blog will always be an enjoyable experience! 🙂

    You write good stuff, so keep on it and keep inspiring! 🙂

    Renate

  6. I have enjoyed reading your blog. I have the same approach in my blog. I have been all over the place the first few months of my blogging. I think there was a reason I settled on findingtherealangela as a name. I have been in search of what my passion truly is. I don’t know that I have found it as of yet. I do know where the focus is going with my blog. So much so that I created two more, one that my daughter and I are working on of our homeschooling exploits and the other is completely devoted to sinking myself into my religion. So I am sure as time goes on you will find what the focus will be. I will just say that what you are doing now is powerful and brave!

  7. Thanks for showing interest in what I put out. I sincerely hope you
    continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Please invite
    others too. Be safe, be fair, be good.

  8. Hello, thanks for following me. 🙂 I read your post on unconditional love and wondered a little by the passage in this post, “I’ve seen through the eyes of both liberal and conservatives, and though i tend to see more commonalities than differences, my journey ultimately would lead me away from Religion all together.”

    Because you seem interested in religion and what it gives to believers. Remember, I haven’t read all your posts yet, so I don’t really know you. Personal journeys are always interesting, maybe you have a post that shows where it took you?

  9. Hi Zion, thanks for following my blog which I have just started, and can´t even see to get the heading right:) I shall try to follow you blog, if I get the hang of it and don´t become to frustrated to write , living where I do at the moment:)

    • Hi Zion, I am catious of my email, and hence did not submit my real one, for various reasons, so I just took one in order to comment on your blog. I would prefer you to take the email away, since it is not mine,and I didn´t know how to comment without submitting an email. Sorry about this but it is important for me.

    • I’m not exactly sure what you mean?? I don’t control who receives email that is on the subscribe/unsubscribe part of the receiver. I did have another follower who had to edit something on their end that allowed them to be notified when I posted but not to be notified when others responded to the post, but again that was a receiver fix. I will help if I can, but I would need to know more about what your particular issue is about. Thanks for following.

  10. Hey!

    This is Jennifer from Jennifer’s Hope (jennifershope.wordpress.com). I wanted to write to you to first of all thank you for following my blog, and second, I wanted to let you know that I will be announcing tomorrow that my blog has moved.

    Not many people know it yet, but the address to my new, self-hosted blog is http://www.jennifershopeblog.com.

    The site is already up and running, and I am hoping that you will take a moment to check it out. Unfortunately, because of the new site’s location, you’ll have to subscribe by email if you want to still be notified of my new posts.

    To do so, you can go to http://www.jennifershopeblog.com and you’ll find a form to enter your email into on the left sidebar below my picture.

    Thank you so much & God bless!

    Jen

  11. Thanks for following my blog. I love your space here and your writing style. Will be dropping in quite often.

    Good luck with your novel. Sending lots of positive energy and inspiring thoughts your way.

  12. Thanks for the follow, and I’ll follow you right bak since you seem to have some very nice thoughts about balance and peace and all that hippie stuff more people needs to question, explore and respect 😀 peace brother!

  13. “but my balance seems to exist in having equal extremes at opposite polarities”

    Our similarities in philosophy and ideas for the book which seems so close, yet so out of reach, so written, yet still so blank, seemingly steeped in spiritual drama yet to come…converged on that which most cannot fathom, are profound. But then, basking in the glow of polarities while in His presence seems to be fervent ground for ideas.

  14. Thanks for the follow. I love your library! I will be checking out some of those books. I’m always interested in reading about other people’s spiritual journey and I’m looking forward to reading more!

  15. Someone told me have just become the latest member of The Spikey’s, that small clan of folk known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures since the 70’s, as well as day to day happenings on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it. Of course, if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear from you, serious.

    In return, I promise not to be overbearing with perhaps 2-3 posts a day tops. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

  16. Thanks for the follow! Given what I have read, your desire to become an author will come to fruition. I admire your honesty regarding your faith, spirituality and your views on religion. It takes courage to put it out in public. It seems to me that with your faith in yourself and others, you will be and are doing fine. 🙂

  17. Thanks for stopping by and following Lessons by Heart.

    I get your journey. I’ve traveled much of it myself. May your writing take off like a rocket, stir, and inspire those who read. 🙂

    Tami
    \o/
    Praising Jesus – who loves me more than I can begin to fathom!

  18. Zion, I am adding my comment to the multitude of those above. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and “liking” my current post. I appreciate your time. Also I wish you luck with your new career. It’s all I can do to post to my blog, I can’t imagine the level of effort to write a novel. Take care, be safe, good luck. Bill

  19. Thank you for following my blog. You are repeating a journey I started when my kids when to college too. Know that you have about 10 years and your treasures will marry and have children and you will only then discover the REAL meaning of love through those little grandchildren. I’ve also discovered that “universal love” is not what Jesus intended for His creations. I believe too many people try to interprete the Commandments figuratively rather then literally. I believe God wanted us to love our real parents, brothers and neighbors, but trying to love the general populous of parents , brothers, neighbors is that delusion plan that is impossible to accomplish successfully. If everyone sincerely loved their close relatives and neighbors (not strangers from different cultures or regions at work, play or even church) the world would instantly become a more civil and loving world because they would come from a truly loving family that valued them and the results would show in their treasued children who became well-adjusted adults. Unfortunately, radical, second-wave feminism has torn women from their homes, husbands, children and neighborhoods leaving them all wanting and drifting, without the loving person who traditionally provided the deep abiding love they all required to thrive. And instead feminism has told women to find fulfillment (i.e. love)at work, thru causes and thru “friends” which is a perversion of the love God intended for women to eminate. Loving perfect strangers is a fraud and will bring nothing but regret and unhappiness. See my post “Feminism’s Female Friendship Fraud.” Women must return to focusing on their friends and neighbors, where the results will be rewarding and effective, people they really know well in order to successfully and satisfactorily fulfill their mission of love. Cheating their family of their love while investing it in total strangers will always end badly for EVERYONE involved. Good luck in your journey.

    • I’m not arguing what you say, but doesn’t a husband first start as a stranger…so even in your philosophy, we must come to love at least one stranger that will allow us to build that family together. Anyway, thanks for sharing this…I hope you share more in the future.

    • Not if you live in a Christian traditional neighborhood or town (Irish, Polish, Italian, Hispanic, etc), where everyone knows each other, and in some cases for generations. Bird of a feather flock together. It works and it’s fun. I’ve been posting at least once a day for over a year now, but will see what future brings. Thank you for your response.

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