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Shelley Jo Graham

"Namaste"

Mountain View, WY, USA
female, age 51
married, 4 children
Speaks: English
Joined Feb 16, 1999


 
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 SPIRITUALITY and RELIGION

There are some very real differences between what is called Spirituality and many Religions around the world. It has been my experience that religion is very limiting and by pointing out these differences it is my hope that you are able to free yourself of any religious bondage and truly find a meaningful relationship with God.

Spirituality says that God is within us, and that we do not need anyone else to make this particular divine connection for us. Many religions say that we are separated from God, and that we cannot approach God directly.

Spirituality says that we are free to make choices on our own, and that we must accept personal responsibility for our actions. I.e Consequences. Many Religions say that we must make their choices and act their way, depending upon a given religious denomination's belief systems.

The theme of spirituality is fellowship through the employment of unconditional love….Meaning Without Conditions. Many religions control through fear and guilt.

Spirituality does not require us to make donations. Religions have become a big business.

Spirituality says there is no Hell, no judgment, no angry God, and that we are loved unconditionally. Many Religions say there is a Hell, God gets angry and judges us. Therefore, we are not loved unconditionally.

Spirituality says we are free to choose our own path to God. Many religions command us to do it their way, depending upon a particular religious denomination's beliefs.

Spirituality says we should not be ashamed of our sexuality. Rather, it should be a sacred celebration of love. Many religions have taught us to feel ashamed, guilty and dirty about our sexuality.

Spirituality says God is within everyone and everything, therefore we are all One. Many religions say God, everything and everyone is separate from us therefore we create a one is better than mentality. Many religions also teach that you cannot go directly to God, you must go through an intermediary.

Spirituality says we are born in innocence and purity. Many religions say we are born with sin.

Spirituality teaches that we are on a long spiritual adventure and journey, which will ultimately end by reuniting with our Source. Many religions say we have got one life to get it all right, and there is nothing but Heaven or Hell after that.


Spirituality teaches unconditional love for all. Many have been and continue to be murdered in the name of religion.

Spirituality teaches peace and harmony. Religion has caused more wars and more killing than any other reason.

Spirituality says we have all the answers, that we can find them by "going within.”

Religion teaches us that it has all the answers and only its answers are the right ones.

Spirituality teaches us to search for the Universal Truths, wherefrom our hearts will tell us when we have found them. Many religions teach we have no choice, but to accept their version of the Truth.

Please search your HEART for what is best for you. Only you will know.
Religion vs. Spirituality: What's The Difference?

It has become quite popular in recent years to distinguish between spirituality and religion. It’s true that there are valid distinctions between the two, but there are also a number of problematic distinctions which often and unnecessarily divide the two fields of thought.

One principal problem with attempts to separate religion from spirituality is that the former is saddled with everything negative while the latter is exalted with everything positive.

It is important to note the fact that many of the negative things which people attribute to religions are features of some forms of some religions (usually Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but not of other religions (like Taoism or Buddhism).

Religion is spiritual and spirituality can also be considered religious. One tends to be more personal and private while the other tends to incorporate public rituals and organized doctrines. The lines between one and the other may often not be clear or distinct depending on the interpretation.

Consider these definitions:

Religion is an institution established by man for various reasons. Exert control, instill morality, stroke egos, or whatever it does. Organized, structured religions all but remove god from the equation. You confess your sins to a clergy member, go to elaborate churches to worship, told what to pray and when to pray it. All those factors remove you from god. Spirituality is born in a person and develops in the person. It may be kick started by a religion, or it may be kick started by a revelation. Spirituality extends to all facets of a person’s life. Spirituality is chosen while religion is often times forced. Being spiritual to me is more important and better than being religious.

True spirituality is something that is found deep within oneself. It is your way of loving, accepting and relating to the world and people around you. It cannot be found in a church or by believing in a certain way.

Consider the following in favour of the spiritual path:

* There is not one religion, but hundreds.
* There is only one type of spirituality.

* Religion is for those who want to continue rituals and the formality.
* Spirituality is for those who want to reach the Spiritual Ascent without dogmas.

* Religion is for those who are asleep.
* Spirituality is for those who are awake.

* Religion is for those that require guidance from others.
* Spirituality is for those that lend ears to their inner voice.

* Religion has a dogmatic and unquestionable assembly of rules that need to be followed without question.
* Spirituality invites you to reason it all, to question it all and to decide your actions and assume the consequences.

* Religion threatens and terrifies.
* Spirituality gives you inner peace.

* Religion speaks of sin and of fault.
* Spirituality encourages "living in the present" and not to feel remorse for which has already passed. Lift your spirit and learn from errors.

* Religion represses humanity, and returns us to a false paradigm.
* Spirituality transcends it all and makes you true to yourself.

* Religion is instilled from childhood, like the soup you do not you want to take.
* Spirituality is the food that you you seek, that satisfies you and is pleasant to the senses.

* Religion is not God.
* Spirituality is infinite consciousness and all that is. It is God.

* Religion invents.
* Spirituality discovers.

* Religion does not investigate and does not question.
* Spirituality questions everything.

* Religion is based on humanity, an organization with rules.
* Spirituality is DIVINE, WITHOUT rules.

* Religion is cause for division.
* Spirituality is cause for union.

* Religion seeks you so that you create.
* Spirituality causes you to seek.

* Religion continues the teachings of a sacred book.
* Spirituality seeks the sacredness in all the books.

* Religion is fed fear.
* Spirituality is fed confidence.

* Religion lives you in your thoughts.
* Spirituality lives in your conscience.

* Religion is in charge of the "to do"
* Spirituality is in charge of the "to BE."

* Religion is a dialectic.
* Spirituality is logic.

* Religion feeds the ego.
* Spirituality makes you transcend.

* Religion makes you renounce yourself to the world
* Spirituality makes you live with God, not to renounce Him.

* Religion is adoration
* Spirituality is meditation.

* Religion is to continue adapting to the psychology of a template.
* Spirituality is individuality.

* Religion dreams of glory and paradise.
* Spirituality makes you live it here and now.

* Religion lives in the past and in the future.
* Spirituality lives in the present, in the here and now.

* Religion lives in the confinement of your memory
* Spirituality is LIBERTY in AWARENESS.

* Religion believes in the eternal life.
* Spirituality makes you conscious of all that is.

* Religion gives you promises for the after-life.

* Spirituality gives you the light to find God in your inner self, in this life, in the present, in the here and the now…

May peace, happiness and universal love continue growing in your heart. You are all that is.

Peace, Love and Blessings



 
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Birthday April 30, 1963  
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About Me I love to bike, Fish, ski, snowmobile, Hike, Camp, Swim, and love to garden and work out in my yard. Riding bikes, long walks make you feel relaxed!! I love to design cards on my computer, and learning more of the net everyday!! I love pictures which I have many albums of friends and family.
I love to bike, Fish, ski, snowmobile, Hike, Camp, Swim, and love to garden and work out in my yard. Riding bikes, long walks make you feel relaxed!! I love to design cards on my computer, and learning more of the net everyday!! I love pictures which I have many albums of friends and family.
On facebook Shelley Jo Kovacich Graham
Peace and Love and Blessings my Friends. ☼ Namaste
Some of you know all this, some are new friends, both are just as special.
I'm 47. My oldest is DC (DON CHARLES) is 29. My grand daughter, Alauna Louise Fulkerson, is five, My daughter in law and grand daughter live in Longmont, Co. She was born February 28th, 2005 and is such a Cutie.
My second oldest is Jamie Marie. She is 24. She lives in the same town as my son. They just moved and I miss them so. She just married a terrific guy. My first born grandson, Frankie Tyronne Simon, is 6 and full of energy, His Birthday is April 23rd, 2004. He is such a blessing and we have been so lucky to have him from pregnancy to birth, to now!!! Her middle, Aurora Josephine Adams, just turned four. Our youngest grand daughter was born Oct. 2, 09, Isabella Irene.
My hubby, Kevin is a God sent and is so good to all of us.
I love all kinds of music...
very versatile in the music category...I love plants and have many, some are over 30 years old...:) I left some with my son, as he loves plants as much as I do. I have a Two Heaven sent sisters, Virginia, she lives in Napa Valley, CA
They have been there through everything and watched over me my whole life, Pam lives in the Upper Green River Lake area here in WY. Most of the things dearest and most important to me, Is what I learned from my parents, my love for nature and our earth around us!! My Dad was so special to me, Many great memories, too numerous to mention....=0)
My dad passed away on March 8, 99 My Mom lives really close to us here in our Valley.
The Oregon coast is my favorite vacation spot. Especially the coast!!! I have an extreme love for the ocean and have brought back many nice shells and things to my land of no oceans the last three times we did the road trip to the coast. Life is too short to not enjoy and be thankful the things that are most important to us all, family and friends, are most important to me!
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⊱✿I love everyone I meet. How could I fail to? Within everyone is the spark of God.ॐ I am not concerned with racial, ethnic background or the color of one's skin; all people look to me like shining lights!✿⊰ I love you!
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Pets dogs  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning
Religions SPIRITUALITY, GNOSTIC, BUDDHISM, WE ARE ONE  
Eating Habits healthy, LOTS OF TEA, Raw Foods, Homemade healthy whole foods, garlic, Drink Loads Of Water, Aspiring healthy eater, Keep it local and organic, JUICING VEGGIES, NO SUGAR, NO FAST FOOD, NO PROCESSED GARBAGE, Keep it Healthy  
Wild Fact About Me I love life! Om Shanti Om
My Philosophy Friends are treasures that when you find them you never want to let them go,Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children. A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love...Kindness is good will. Kindness says, "I want you to be happy.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future. We can live without religion and meditation, but we... cannot survive without human affection. Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.Children are the reward of life.
It takes a whole village to raise a child.The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others. One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.
Without the human community one single human being cannot survive.The only gift is a portion of thyself. Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.Love is, above all, the gift of oneself."True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost." "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." "A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else." "A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more.""The secret to friendship is being a good listener." "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say." "A true friend is the one who knows more about you than yourself and still loves you.And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
What Gives Me Hope Prayer and seeing through the eyes of our four grandchildren
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Oh boy, where to start, I would make a difference that's for sure.Stiffer penalties on littering. Help the schools do more for the children, Stiffer fines for animal abuse. more ways to help the environment around us.
I wrote this to our Pres.
“There are certain things only a government can do. And one of those things is ensuring that the foods we eat are safe and do not cause us harm.” - President Obama~~~~What?????????? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear President,

What is happening to our food safety, chemicals and preservatives that have been proven to cause cancer and health problems. Personal care products with so many chemicals like parabens, cancer and sickness again, Then there is the drugs the FDA approves one after another and down the line, 9 our of ten have caused a whole host of health problems and sometimes death. No one cares as long as government is safe and healthy and RICH! Flu Vaccines with deadly stuff in them when if you would wash your hands, You know it is true. Get vitamin D and proper nutrition, you would rarely get sick?????Or Gardisil vaccine that you know is deadly to all these young girls.

The CDC keeps recommending more and more crap, immunizations galore, that have been proven to cause autism, ADHD and other terrible disorders, that the child has to live with. Once again so they can be put on drugs to solve it, money for big pharma. Side effects would keep me from taking this stuff, but people just keep trusting in miracle pills, side effects like cancer, come on now????

I won't touch processed foods, junk food, fast food, soda, sugar, etc. But not any of my whole foods are safe because the pesticides and chemicals that are used are making my fruit and vegetables deadly. High fructose corn syrup is in everything out there. Diabetes is killing America, but once again, it is keeping big pharma, Doctors Etc. RICH. Doctors should be taught in school to educate their patients on natural ways to heal and stay healthy instead of grabbing first there prescription pads. That should be mandatory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!

You allow fluoride, lithium, uranium in drinking water, etc. & pharmaceuticals! What the hell, is this population control, all the cancer keeps big brothers pill pushers and big pharma making money. Government should be teaching people how to eat healthy and cure things with what God put here, not making us sick on purpose. But I guess all you in Government around the US are safe. I almost bet none of you are letting the TSA pump radiation in you. Not to mention telling People to get all the CT scans, X rays, just more and more radiation as preventive measures, does that make sense to any of you?????

Then there is the stupid idea for S.510 Food Safety bill! Nuts. Organics and raw milk is the only healthy thing left. Homogenized and pasteurized just ruins any chance of any nutrition being left in the product. Sodium nitrates and sulfates everywhere.

Our food supply as far as cattle, pigs, poultry....under sick conditions and pumping them full of hormones and scary stuff to make them get bigger faster. That is sick. All of these things that are happening to us I would have thought I would be reading a sci If book or Stephen King novel.

BPA in the plastic wrapping, containers, everything. Killing people once again.

Some times I wish God would take me, That's a sad thought as I have always been a positive, happy, giving soul. Just so I wouldn't have to watch people die all around me, not because of old age or a car accident, but because of Government induced cancer and disease & the idiots running our country. I pray for the whole US every minute, Especially our kids and Grandchildren. This are things that should bother everyone in government, if they even care about their friends, family and loved ones????

I pray the CDC, FDA, EPA US Government have to change all of these things soon. This will probably fall on death ears, but more and more people are getting a clue. I will pray and pray and pray for our creator to stop all of this craziness.

Then there is the tax thing and the Obama care.....you have got to be kidding right??? Maybe all the people that have lost jobs, their homes and have no food to eat would just love more of the taxes and have to deal with your health care idea....I think not. Maybe with the millions you are giving away and spending, you can build housing for these folks, and provide food and medical until this country recovers???? Have any room at the White House?????

The war is sick sick sick, what is it for, it is for all of our MEN AND WOMEN TO COME HOME IN BODY BAGS. THAT IS SO WRONG.

Monsanto and genetically Modified foods, killing us more, but more money in Governments pockets, and more dead people that won't complain anymore.

The illegal immigrant thing is a total nightmare. We are in crisis and they come over welcomed, and take all or jobs, we have to learn Spanish?????, My grand parents came over here from Yugoslavia and Germany and learned English. It is just what I said, a nightmare.

Food prices continue to go up, I would live on food and water, but guess what, that is deadly too. I am almost sure that all of you in Government are eating safe food and have money in your pocket, and a roof over your head. And this is America....I will keep the prayers going up! I will keep the prayers going to all. I will keep gong to my volunteer job daily at the our local food pantry and watching people struggle.

I have many other topics to go over, Will all this fall on deaf ears, it has before and it will again, or will it! Thank God for people like Ron Paul...:0)

I realize Bush and others before Bush, started this mess, but lets just keep making the nightmare worse.

How does any of you sleep at night.
Mrs Shelley Jo Graham
God Bless!! ☀Namaste
What/who changed my life and why I love everyone I meet. How could I fail to? Within everyone is the spark of God; I am not concerned with racial, ethnic background or the color of one's skin; all people look to me like shining lights; I love you!
What Bugs Me judging others, bullying, Drunk Drivers, liars, Destroying the planet !!!, Anime cruelty, abusive people, talking on phone while driving, Texting while driving!, (Some) Religion  
Passions Spreading peace love and happiness, Energy Healing And Love, learning, traveling, trees, spirituality, photography, water, Gardening, God's Creations, laughter, LIFE!!!, MY CHILDREN!!!  
Inspirations  
What Scares Me War - Cruelty - Greed - Indifference, religious fanatics, Ignorance and evil, hate  
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Role Models Nelson Mandela, Matisyahu, Maya Angelou, My Aunt Sis, buddha, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, John Lennon, Dalai Lama, My Dad  
Quotation Friends are treasures that when you find them you never want to let them go,Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children. A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love...Kindness is good will. Kindness says, "I want you to be happy.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future. We can live without religion and meditation, but we... cannot survive without human affection. Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.Children are the reward of life.
It takes a whole village to raise a child.The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others. One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.
Without the human community one single human being cannot survive.The only gift is a portion of thyself. Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.Love is, above all, the gift of oneself."True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost." "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." "A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else." "A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more.""The secret to friendship is being a good listener." "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say." "A true friend is the one who knows more about you than yourself and still loves you.And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.May all your days be filled with l_ღ√Ƹ, Laughter, Harmony and ρεα¢&#9
49;!!!!!Namaste
Interests family and the great outdoors  
Books OneSpirit.com, Dalai Lama, meditation, yoga, anything on health, psychology, Ghandi, Sylvia Browne's books, spirituality, Self improvement, Baghavad Gita  
Music many many more!, Classic Rock, oldies  
Movies don't sit down much to watch TV  
TV Shows All my children, One life to live  
Favorite Foods veggies and weird things, frog legs, escargo, goat cheese(FETA) blue cheese, Garlic, chiles....and seafood  
Favorite Places India is my fav!, AFRICA!!, JAMAICA.:), Australia, Ireland, Louisiana  
Can't Live Without healthy environment, healthy lifestyle, healthy foods, family, pets, water, love, respect  
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