Being born in conservative Austria, I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and taught from an early age that there is a place called heaven and hell, and a God that needed to be feared. I was told that ‘he’ knows everything and would punish me for all my wrong doings. I had to go and confess my sins (wow! how many sins can a little girl have?) and the subject of religion was taught by a priest in our village’s grade-school. We studied the bible and talked about Jesus and all of his suffering, supposedly because we are sinners. We are at fault for his demise.
What I, of course, didn’t know at the time was that this early age bible studying would set the cornerstone for my knowledge about the scriptures. It also would educate me about one of the most closed-minded, mystical, and unreasonable religions in this world.
I was about eleven years of age when I started to wonder: “If God hears and sees all I do and think, it seems that he would know me well. I am however, I reasoned, the only one who knows exactly what I think, feel, and want. So this God and I know the same things about me. He felt very close at the time and I realized that there was a special connection between me and this God, which was supposed to be mysterious and intangible, and reachable only by church-going and prayer.
What I couldn’t understand at the time was that he also acted like a monster. He killed people, even little children and my pet rabbit. He didn’t listen very well to what I or anyone else had to say. Just look at all the people praying for different things and never receiving anything in return, I thought.
As years went by I distanced myself more and more from the physical aspects of going to church. Instead, I started a journey of self-discovery that landed me where I am today; seeing a new perspective of the Almighty power. After 34 years of intensive studies of Eastern and Western philosophies alike, and teaching metaphysics, the science beyond physics, I have come to the conclusion, that my God is everyone’s God. There is no difference. No matter what your background, faith, race, or religion, it is one God, one Cause, one Law, for all people. We are all One, stemming from this All-Power, being born from the Universal Source, the mother LOVE.
I wrote my deductions on this subject matter in my first book, “God is Universal power, the Almighty substance that sustains all life. I am part of this substance called Consciousness. I can think, and thinking is the conscious activity of this substance led by God’s urge of self-expression.
God is Wisdom. So I, being part of this Wisdom, have to choose wisely as to what I think. It is my duty!
God is good. So I have to be, and act, of good to live up to God’s standards. It is my duty!
God is Intelligence. So I, being part of this Intelligence, have to act intelligently and in accordance to the truth. It is my duty!
God is Love. So I, being part of the all permeating mother Love have to love all beings and God’s creations, it is my duty!”
For now and forever more.