Dear Sara: In the past few years as I’ve focused on learning how to connect with the guides and nature, my connection to God has changed. It feels weak and generic. I would have thought it would be the opposite. I do long for an experience of genuine connection. Do you have that experience? What it is like? Maybe my idea of God is too generic and impersonal now and that’s the problem.— Susan
From Sara: Sometimes when we’re raised with a religious tradition, we can attach to a particular way of thinking about who or what God is. Each religion has its own belief system, and especially when we are children, we tend to absorb this belief system. Thus, if a person prays to a deity from a particular belief system, this creates a closed loop—there’s no room for a different experience. Now, this works just fine for lots of people, and of course it’s a valid spiritual practice! However, if you are a person who has detached from religious tradition and are moving into the path of a broader spiritual awakening, your perspective has changed. You are moving from the personal (a deity has a personal interest in you) to the expanded (we are all part of the Universe). When we open this way, we start to experience Universe/God/One/All everywhere, all the time, and this may not involve any particular deity. The expanded view can at first feel a little lonely—where is the connection we were raised with? Yet as we explore further and let ourselves understand ourselves as souls, we begin to understand the Divine in a different way. In answer to your question: Yes, I do have this experience of direct connection, and I’m certain you can too. To me it feels like dissolving into everything all at once, and knowing you are a part of everything. And, if you want to have peak experiences, such as bliss, Oneness, losing your ego self and existing as pure soul—just ask. The Universe loves to commune with us in this way, as often as we will allow it.