What do the TV shows like Andy Griffith and Sesame Street have in common? They represented the ideal community to me when I was a growing up. Either at age 6 or 7 I remember my Mother asking all of us kids (maybe 6 siblings at the time) to promise to never move away from one another like my Dad's siblings. All of my siblings started promising but just as I was about to also, I caught myself. I could feel that it wasn't going to be true and promising would be a betrayal to myself. Instead I just smiled knowing from that moment that I was going to move far away.
Although my church family growing up was very supportive and invested in its youth, I remember looking around when I was 16 at everyone at the youth event and consciously scanned the space. I said to myself from a place of knowing, "none of these people will matter or be in my life after I turn 18." I knew I was going to deviate from their perception of life and religious practices. I can now look back on that time and celebrate my self-awareness at that age, but the truth is at that time those knowings gave my an unbearable ache. When I was 17 I went into a deep depression. I was irritated all the time and slept throughout the day. At 18 I moved out of my parent's house and started looking for the place where I could just be and belong. I moved to Hartford Maryland, then Spokane Washington where I did feel very connected to the elemental energy there and could just be, but I knew it wasn't completely it, after a year I moved to Baltimore Maryland. At this stage in my life 21/22 I was starting to realized that the US wasn't the place for me and I started looking elsewhere. I remembered how much I loved Washington State and the closest place to it that was outside of the US was BC CANADA. I made the decision in May 2008 and moved to Canada in September of 2008 at the age of 23.
Once here in Canada I knew this was IT. I now reside in Vancouver where I have my ideal spiritual community. Let me paint the picture of a typical day in the ideal community I always wanted and now have. I wake up to the sun shinning and a nice cool breeze, I walk out the front door to go to the cafe down the road for breakfast. As I walk to the cafe I pass the laundry mat where I am wished a good morning by name from Baba, the owner who sometimes gives me candy, free detergent, food and always something to laugh about. At the cafe I'm greeted by Anil who asks me how my morning is going. I walk to work and on the way there I pass by the hair shop where the dreads guy (I've never been introduced) always waves hello to me. At work if Jay or the landlords are in I'm greeted and have a short conversation. I start my work day connecting with all the lovely people on youtube, facebook and meetup. Later on I go out for lunch. I normally go for avocado sushi on the drive and always check out Abraham's Metaphysical Book store before ordering sushi. Abraham is a divine spiritualist. He greets me by name and often has books out that he intuitively heard I would be interested in. He sometimes gives me them for free. Any spiritual advice that comes through in the moment he relays. After eating my lunch I might head down the drive to see Emy and Abraham who own the Afro Hair Studio. This is where I get my hair done. They know me by name =D There are also spiritual shops I like to go in, one is a thrift store, another Kali clothing store, Quidditas and Prana Nada. There are four parks to go to. Grandview park often has live music. In Coquitlam I also have my spiritual community that is coming back to the drive soon. Della, Roz and Sharron. On meetup there are many spiritualist like Leslie, Leonard and various other practitioners. When I host events through Spritual Artistry and Mysticism I meet even more spiritualist. After I miss about on the Drive I might go back to work doing massage, readings or healings on ah-mazing beings I feel honored to assist. Towards the end of the day I hang out with my friends or poly partners. At night before I sleep I stand in awe. I have access to everything I wanted for my spiritual journey and service to others. I am surrounded by spiritual elders, spiritual friends and newbies to welcome into the fold. I LOVE IT. I CELEBRATE FINDING IT. I TRULY AM AND FEEL BLESSED!
For those of you on the path to finding the community where you belong, keep going. What you seek will be found. For those of you who have found it, appreciate it, celebrate it and be proud of your self for finding it.
Many Blessings! <3