I have faced death in many forms. I have been so near to death that there remained only one last breath. But then another a determined inhalation of life in the face of death, in the face of smothering darkness is a spiritual commitment. This breath is a spiritual process that requires me to live towards life and light and goodness. To be crushed by evil and continue to live, to continue to love others as well as love into my own wounds is a spiritual process. The spirit that guides me, has always guided me, has given me the determination to use creativity to carve beauty out of darkness in the forms of poetry and art that I have experience to know touches other to their hearts. They in turn touch mine and this is spiritual. To reach out and BE good in the face of evil; to believe the only way to fight evil is with goodness; with compassion. These are deeply held beliefs that do not require God. It doesnt require a carrot or a stick; glory in heaven or torture in hell to want more than anything to embrace goodness. This priority leaves me always committed to compassion and to reach out to others in pain who were themselves victims of evil. It is spiritual to love as deeply as I am able others I call friends. It is the sacred response to evil in the world. I am exactly like those who believe in God in the fact that I am flawed and wounded and make mistakes. In the fact that my spiritual path does not leave me perfect, but it does leave me committed to try and never give up.
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