Community has always been of the utmost importance to me. Even as a young child, being part of a crew mattered to me. Feeling like I wasn’t “normal” or part of the “right” community fueled a lot of my teen angst. I walked the line between part of the “Cool Kids” while also a member of the “Nerd Herd” (yes, I crafted that awful name for the smart girls though I was very much one of them.) Later, I tried to find my place amongst fellow black students at Columbia University, but found my sexuality and spiritual leanings positioned me on the fringes, despite being a well-known campus leader.
As an adult, those paradoxical community relationships have led me to be more introverted. I don’t mean that I’m shy, but instead I’m very careful about when and with whom I spend my time. I crave solitude and need it to re-charge.
I no longer need the validation of community—I’ve done a lot of work to figure out Who and Whose I am, and I am content in that. Now, community serves the deeper purpose for me; it raises my vibrations. To explain that, I have to go back to the beginning.
1. We are all spiritual beings made up of energy that is divinely inspired.
2. Divinity is the essence of all energy.
3. Part of our life’s mission is to connect to the Source—God, Spirit, or however you want to acknowledge the most Divine. We raise our connection by raising our consciousness (the knowing of our true essence) and our energy (the “stuff” that behind our action, the movement of the divinity within us).
4. You know you are in the “knowing” and raising your vibrations when you are in the “zone” where there is no thinking, no internal manipulations, no processing, just Being. This is where we are during prayer, meditation, acupuncture, intimate moments, creating.
5. We also raise our “knowing” and vibrations when we are surrounded by spiritual energy—nature, conscious friends, water, etc.
I have been so blessed over this past year to really craft my tribes that allow me to really Be. All that positive energy has me full, grateful, and in bliss.
1- What role does community serve for you? What have you learned about yourself as a result of your proximity to community?
2- When has fellowship been good? When has it been bad?
3- How do you connect to God? How do you know?
4- Have you connected with your tribes recently?