There’s so much beauty and magnificence in the sacred teachings of the different religions. And there is so much Truth. Nevertheless, in order for me to truly taste them and enjoy them, I choose to interpret them from a personal perspective. For example, the Psalm 23 from the Hebrew Bible is a beautiful prayer but… what does it mean to me?
23:1 A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
As long as I allow the Lord to be my shepherd, my guide, my way shower, all my needs will be satisfied.
23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.
Acknowledging that I am surrounded by God’s presence, I allow myself to rest in the beau
ty and abundance of God’s creation. Resting in God, my emotions and thoughts resemble still waters.
23:3 He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name’s sake.
I am healed from within; simply by embracing my inevitable connection with God and in the name of my Oneness with God, I become a beneficial presence in my life and in the lives of my human fellows.
23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Even when things don’t look and feel the way that I believe is right, I can choose love and faith instead of fear simply because I know I am not alone. All the power that keeps this Universe rolling is backing me up! I am supported and guided.
23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
My life is full of empowering opportunities and God prepares a menu of wonderful options to choose from in the presence of my limiting beliefs. In spite of what my human mind may say, my cup is always full!
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Without a doubt, as long as I allow God to be God in my live and in the lives of those who are dear to me, good and mercy will continue to come my way. And I shall continue to dwell in a unified field of Unconditional Love and Supreme Beauty forever.
When I give myself permission to make personal interpretations of the sacred teachings, spirituality and religiosity truly become a delightful tool to handle life one experience at a time.