This morning I woke to a gentle kiss from Tad and in my mid morning coma, heard him wish us a “Happy St. Paddy’s Day,”.
Tad left this morning for California, to roll out the training program he has been working on for over a year. This program is designed for upper management, creating policies and procedures that are truly more efficient and effective. It is an exciting time and I am very proud of all his hard work.
When Sawyer and I got up to start the day with the sun, I got to thinking about St. Patrick’s day. Sawyer asked me why he needed to wear green and I told him because it was St. Patrick’s day. Well, I realized all I really knew about St.Patrick’s day was that it gave the go ahead to drink, be merry, act stupid, feel silly and maybe attend a few parades. With all that being said, I have celebrated many St. Paddy’s day and have many memories to enjoy for a lifetime. One in particular was a face painted that didn’t wash off for a full day after the celebrating…oops! But I asked myself, what was I celebrating and why?? Not that you have to understand everything, but we celebrate an official day for a man I know nothing about, other than he was Irish and preached at bars.
One of the things I have taken notice of over the past year, is that we ALL do a lot of things because we have been taught, told, or follow our way into a belief. When you stop and think about it, we probably do many things in our everyday life out of habit. Practicing without a certain level of consciousness and just moving about our day.
With 10 minutes of research on St. Patrick, I found that there are many legends about this man. However, there were some facts that were consistent in the research.
St. Patrick was born over 1600 centuries ago and was brought up with very little religious influence. I was surprised as he was born from a high standing Roman family, with many family members part of the local clergy.
He was taken prisoner and sold into slavery to a man in Dalriada, Ireland to tend sheep. His master was a high priest of a Druid group which is part of a pagan sect. Therefore, he learned much of the religion that most Irish practiced.
One night he had a vision of pagan children reaching their hands toward him and from that night on he had many dreams/visions of escape and freedom. It is written that a voice inside him (his intuition connected to source) guided him to England where he embraced his freedom and was reunited with his family. From there he went to Auxerre, France to study Christianity under the guidance of St. Germain. Pope Celestine consecrated Patrick a Saint Bishop of the Irish. He told many that he was going to convert the Irish people to Christianity. With this intention in hand, he set off to Ireland on his mission. When he was met with much resistance he realized that he was going to have to compassionately, balance these beliefs as there are many similarities. He was the creator of the celtic cross, combining the symbol of paganism to the cross of Jesus.
During my short amount of research, I learned that he was a man who was convinced of his beliefs and wanted others to follow his way. As much of the information of his life has been lost or changed, he lived in a time where much threat and war centered the Christian faith. I am not sure what Saint Patrick’s intentions really were and how could I? I would not trust a few pieces of old literature from the internet to define a man’s purpose. But the wisdom I took from what I found in concrete, was that he wanted to spread his beliefs while encouraging many Irish to embrace both ways.
Much of the Pagan history is amazing and is still practiced today. However, this belief is oftentimes misunderstood and threatens many who believe it mocks their belief system. There are many Christian Pagans, Buddhist pagans, and the list goes. It is when we listen and learn, we understand that this is not a devil lead faith. Paganism is a faith that honors God and the world he created. This link will give you a better idea as to what St. Patrick succeeded – http://thepaganchurchoftherisingsun.org/
This all leads me back to the idea that many of us are walking through life without truly understanding our system of beliefs. We spend so much time defending our beliefs like an iron thrown, that we lose the heart of the belief. Sharing beliefs, like St. Patrick, and respecting others unites instead of divides. Watch one session of congress and you can feel the negative energy right through the T.V. The angry faces mistaken for passion, the one way attitude and ego, which has not served any of us.
Today is a great day no matter where you are to soften inward and embrace your beliefs as they have led you on your current journey. However, to move forward it is important to continue to peel back layers to the truth (awakening). This includes having compassion, love, and forgiveness. It is most always the most consistent message – Love is all, God is love. Let go and let God.
So take a moment today to just set yourself free from all beliefs. Forgive yourself and others for experiences that lead into battle, and make an affirmation that you will respect all beliefs. Opening the door for opportunity to learn and embrace the wisdom that others have to offer. Let this be a day of celebrating beliefs, embracing your own, and others in love.
Swami Sivananda’s Advice in starting this process is:
- The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness.
- an opponent, tolerance; a friend, your heart.
- to your child a good example; to your father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud while adding to your self, respect;
- and to all men, charity.
This is good advice to soften the walls of belief, knowing they are yours to soften.
Happy St. Patricks day!