Day 3

Today's prompt on the Effy Blog Along Train:

 Write about something you used to believe that you no longer believe and how that shift in belief has changed things for you. 

I used to believe that spirituality was exclusively tied to an organized religion. It was the only framework I knew. I was raised Catholic, Spanish Catholic to be precise. There's not a lot of wiggle room in that framework for all of the beautiful things I now believe.

Many of my daily practices now, and my life's work, would be labeled witchcraft, satanic, or any other number of of "negative" labels. (This is based solely on my family of origin, not saying all Catholics are like this).

While I struggle with the flood of information available on the web, I am also grateful that is has given me the opportunity to meet so many great people, with views that were different from mine. It has allowed me to become a crystal healer, a reiki and shamanic practitioner, and to truly understand that it is perfectly acceptable to be a "spiritual mutt". 

The beauty of being a spiritual mutt is that I now take all of the information and practices that resonate with me and for me, and I leave the rest. It doesn't mean I never challenge myself to have discussions around topics I don't believe or agree with, just being open to those discussions, take the information in, and leave it if it doesn't make sense for me. 

As an INFJ, these types of deep discussions make me swoon. I despise small talk and will usually be found tucked in to a corner with one or two others discussing deeper, more taboo subjects when in larger gatherings. I love learning from others and hearing about their experiences, beliefs, struggles, and accomplishments.

I would love to hear about any beliefs that have changed for you over time.