Those who know me will likely be genuinely surprised to learn that just a few days ago, I went onto Amazon and bough a bible. Yep. You read that right. A bible. A big, fat, hardcover bible with those weird super-thin pages. And I intend to read it. I intend to read it, study it, highlight it, understand it and even make notes in the margins.
Recently, I participated in a workshop led by Kyle Gray on Mary Magdalene. Kyle is a remarkably gifted human being. He does a lot of work with Angels and led this workshop that has opened up a part of my heart that has left me receptive to some of the ideals found in the bible. I’m approaching this learning opportunity with a good dose of skepticism (because after 37 years of doubting the stuff that I learned in the Pentecostal church growing up, I feel like ditching my skepticism might be a little tough) but I am coming at this with a very open mind. I know from a lifetime of searching for answers and clarity that the bible has a LOT more to say that just what the misogynistic teachings that were imposed upon me as a young girl. From the get-go, the “boys rule and girls drool” style of preaching honestly offended me and left me pissed off. No wonder I didn’t want anything to do with that noise.
Jump-cut to this incredible workshop. I listened with my ears and my heart to what Kyle was saying about Mary Magdalene’s role in Jesus’ life and the influence that she has as a woman. He also mentioned points like forgiveness, love, leadership and sacred feminine energy. Those things are all things that I definitely want more of in my life. I have other texts on their way which will likely complement my reading and when I start those, I’ll probably share my experience.
Now, make no mistake. It’s not that I’ve “found Jesus” or been “saved”. I am always pursuing a deeper knowledge of my true self on a very honest spiritual level. This process is just another learning opportunity. Reading this particular sacred text is only going to serve to reinforce what I already believe and enrich my understanding of and relationship with the divine. Being openminded is the key to this whole thing. I don’t pretend to have all the answers for my own life, certainly not for yours. What I do know is that there is a lot of information for me to yet tap into and that is what I intend to do with this particular read.
Have you read the bible? How do you feel about it? I know I was raised in a church environment and am familiar with numerous verses and could, at one time, recite all the titles of every book in the Old Testament. But that doesn’t mean I understood any of it. Tell me about your experience with learning this very large text and how it has shaped your own spiritual journey. This is a very personal topic and one that I seldom open up dialog on with most folks. In this instance, I am genuinely interested in everyone’s attitude and belief about what the bible teaches.
Please share in the comments below.