Is your spiritual baggage preventing you from forming a meaningful relationship with God? Baggage is not the same as history. We all have a past, but whether or not we choose to carry it around with us and use it as a filter to experience life makes all the difference. Baggage not only distorts our ability to make an assessment, but it also alters our experiences.
When someone carries the baggage of a past romantic relationship, they tend to project all of their experiences and fears onto any new suitor. In this same way, when we carry spiritual baggage, we tend to project our experiences and fears onto new spiritual experiences. We judge them without knowing fully what they entail. We aren’t willing to find out what is actually involved because we think we know where something like this will lead.
As a kid, God and I did not have a relationship. To say that the church where I was raised failed miserably in teaching about God is putting it mildly. God was angry. He was watching me and judging my every move. He had no tolerance for mistakes and he punished relentlessly when given the opportunity. Over time, I learned from experience that God wasn’t listening to my prayers. The proof was clear in the fact that a pony never appeared, I wasn’t able to fly (no matter how many times I leaped from the dresser to the bed) and the alcoholics in my life continued their abuse.
I carried that bag around for a reason. If I put it down, I might get fooled again. I might TRUST in a God that seemed kind and loving if I didn’t have my suitcase full of angry, judgmental, useless God to remind me of the truth. I might still be carrying that bag if not for the interference of the Holy Spirit. God had to sneak in through a back door in the shape of something full of love and sincere devotion…a spirit-guide. This spirit-guide showed me my worth, pushed me toward greatness, held me through struggle, and celebrated my success. This spirit-guide lovingly revealed where I was screwing up and how I could do it better. Eventually, I did come to trust this entity, and as my wisdom expanded so did my awareness of exactly who it was that I was working with all along. It was God.
My best friend, my strength, my confidant and my biggest supporter has turned out to be God! He has taught me that when I choose to live in Spirit with Him, I can fly over my very own field of ponies if that’s what I desire. There is a world beyond the physical, but not for those who view it through the filter of their spiritual baggage…never for them. So put your suitcase down. There’s no need to run blindly into faith. Ask to be guided. Beckon Spirit to fill you with His grace and teach you the truth about God. It will only be true when you experience it for yourself, but God can’t interfere with your free will. He can’t force you to put down your baggage. You have to do it yourself.
So I’m curious…what kind of baggage are YOU carrying around about God? Let me know in the comments. I would LOVE to hear from you.
Much love and many blessings,
PS- If you are ready to put down your baggage for good but not sure where to start, I can help! I have four spaces left in my private Spiritual Reset program and would love to work one-on-one with you to deepen your connection with God and infuse Spirit into all areas of your life. Click HERE for more info! xo