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The real meaning of sin

For a couple of years during my teens I was a part of Christian community through I choir I was singing in. As I remember it, focus was sin. Probably not correct but this is how I remember it and as a consequence of this shame focus I left religion all together. Today I have a stronger spiritual connection than ever in my life and I've also reevaluated the meaning of sin. I didn't need religion to do that. 

God doesn't want us to sin because it hurts us. That's it. We are not meant to sin because it hurts. I heard someone say, I think it was David Brooks, that sin is when we get our loves out of order. We love a lot of things in our lives. We love life, we love truth, we love being liked, we love food, we love to belong, we love nature, we love being of service. All these loves have an order though, for us to feel good. So when, we gossip, we've confused the order of our love of belonging and our love for truth. Our love for truth is higher so when we gossip to belong we betray our love for truth. When we abuse nature to get to eat what we want we feel bad because we love both but we love nature more and by exploiting it to get the other love, food, it doesn't taste as good as it could. 

What do you think of this? The reasoning can get a little confusing maybe, but still, the meaning is the same. Sin is not betraying God, it's betraying ourselves. We can do it as much as we want, but life is more comfortable when we don't. 

With all my love,

Helena 

The relief of the paradox

I've always been intrigued and frustrated about the both and more. My rational mind has always tried to figure out which one it is and find a way to stay with that. But in recent years I'm feeling more and more intrigued, and less frustrated. This is short excerpt from my book Pure Personal Power - tools to collect on a healing journey. 

Life is hard and beautiful. Pain is inevitable but you don’t have to suffer. What is difficult when life’s difficult is easy when life’s easy. Strive to always feel better and let go. Always focus on understanding others and set very clear boundaries. Have a clear vision of where you want to go and be where you are. We need other people and we need to be able to be alone.  Have faith that you are taken care of and do the work. Put yourself first and focus on service to others. Know your truth and be open to changing your mind. Set high standards and enjoy the simple things. Follow your heart and use your head.  Be fully in this world and know this is not all there is.

With all my love,

Helena