I like to travel several paths. As a seeker, I know that I am not alone. I welcome you to this blog and invite you to journey with me. Our paths may be different—or maybe not. I can best introduce myself as a traveler. Although you and I may be different from each other, perhaps we travel the same road.
Curiously, I like to be in the borderlands. Between here and there. In such crossing spaces I feel both like an outsider and an insider—familiar, and yet, stranger. This duality has accompanied me all my life. At first, finding my way was difficult. When I was a child, I tried to believe what I was taught. However, my religious education fed my mind at the expense of my heart. I was thirsty for something that I did not know. It was not until I became a woman that I found myself. Spirituality, instead of religion, seemed to quench my yearning. My forebears’ teachings showed me the way. Mind, heart, and body connected when I remembered my ancestral knowledge. I am indebted to my ancestors’ exploration.
I come from a tribe of seekers who traveled with empty pockets. My ancestors journeyed with their hearts full of wonder and their souls deep with dreams. Throughout their travels, they incorporated diverse traditions into their beliefs. My forbears spiced up their life with a mix of Christianity, Native American (Taíno), Gypsy (Romany), and African (Yoruba) practices. Whenever I summon them, I try to reconcile multiple traditions by searching for their common elements.
With this in mind, I commit to the journey. As a child, I have been interested in studying the psyche. Consequently, I studied psychology. Ironically, I thought that I was going to learn about the human mind and behavior. Actually, I was wrong. I didn’t know that that the word psyche means spirit and or soul. Indeed, age has shown me that there are no coincidences. By becoming a psychologist, I explore the spirit—the individual and collective soul. Of course, I resonate with Psyche’s story—the human journey of trials and tribulations leading to finding love. However, my Psyche story is a slightly different version. Instead of marrying Cupid I intend to marry myself.
Today, I continue my ancestors’ journey. But, I am a mere link in the chain. Like a pilgrim, I walk the Way. Journeying has afforded me an opportunity to integrate aspects of myself. Moreover, it has shown me a way to see myself in others.
Please join me in this expedition. I am honored to share my journey, better yet, our journey with you.
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