TO CELEBRATE THE OCTOBER RELEASE OF MY BOOK THRASHING ABOUT WITH GOD, AND TO EXPAND THE CONVERSATION BEYOND MYSELF, I HAVE ASKED 31 BRAVE PEOPLE TO SHARE A GUEST POST WITH THE THEME OF #IAMTHRASHING. THESE ARE PEOPLE I HAVE PERSONALLY DIALOGUED WITH, PEOPLE WHO I KNOW HAVE RISKED A LOT TO WRESTLE WITH THE HARD STUFF THAT COMES WITH SPIRITUALITY. OUR FAITH MAY NOT LOOK LIKE YOURS, BUT WE WELCOME YOU TO THE DISCUSSION.
I am twelve years old and #iamthrashing to discover my place in the world. So I visit all of the churches in town.
I am twelve years old and #iamthrashing to engage with their stories. But neither place speaks my language.
I am fourteen years old and #iamthrashing to hide from all the fighting. I take shelter in the stories of poets, laid to music.
I am fourteen years old and #iamthrashing with the painful realities of flesh. I know instinctively that there is no relief to be found in the church of men.
I am eighteen years old and #iamthrashing to give much of a care to the outer world. So I numb it all through a haze of smoke.
I am eighteen years old and #iamthrashing to stay awake. My dreams of the beyond stay hidden and vague.
I am twenty five years old and #iamthrashing once more to find my home. I find echoes of it in the tales from the woods and of a natural magic.
I am twenty five years old and #iamthrashing to feel entirely comfortable. I cannot fully understand their paradigm.
I am thirty one years old and #iamthrashing to heal myself and others. I get closer via Sanskrit and chakras.
I am thirty one years old and #iamthrashing because I still can’t quite reconcile my inner and outer worlds.
I am forty years old and #iamthrashing against all of the discontent. This time I follow the whispers of my wildish self.
I am forty years old and #iamthrashing to find my place in the world. So I immerse full-time in my hero’s quest.
I am forty two years old and #iamthrashing to get out of the top most world. I have uncovered the language which makes sense of all of her stories.
I am a cosmic creative
An alchemist of thought into form
My power source is infinite and universal
I am made of stars
I am forty three years old and #iamthrashing to contain the vastness that is paradox.
Everything that I am, I am not.
And so the cycle begins again.
Julie Gibbons practices and teaches artful self-help - a combination of art & journal therapy and the psychology of self. It allows you to tap into soul wisdom and experience personal growth, healing and transformation.
Julie is based in bonnie Scotland and works from home alongside her internet entrepreneur husband and home-educated teenage son.