My name is Lucinda Sage-Midgorden. I’m a new contributor to Sivana. Since that’s the case I thought you might like to know a little bit about me.
I grew up in a sister organization to the Mormon church. It had a much longer name when I was growing up but it’s now called Community of Christ. My father, and later my mother were lay ministers in that church. Though we share a common history with the Mormons, once Joseph Smith Jr. died the two entities parted ways and developed different doctrines.
The main thing I learned as a member of that church was that they believe God speaks to us today. We can have a personal relationship with Her/Him if we cultivate it. We can receive guidance on a daily basis. Fortunately, my father was a deeply spiritual man. He reinforced this idea. At the age of eight when I was baptized and confirmed into the church, I had my first spiritual encounter with the Divine. God and I have been having conversations ever since.
Though I’m no longer a member of that particular faith, I will always be grateful for the spiritual experiences I had because of this one important teaching. We are always supported by the Divine in Its many different guises and aspects.
On the strength of my spiritual experiences, I chose Religious Studies as my major at our church sponsored college. But as I was the only woman in that program, this was the mid-70s, I was ridiculed and harassed in an attempt to get me to change my major. In 1979 I graduated with my Religious Studies degree. By that time I had discovered two things that were helping me heal from the trauma I’d experienced, Journaling and theatre. Since I was engaged to a young man who was still two years from finishing his degree, I added Theatre and Speech as a second major to my B.A. degree.
At the time I wasn’t able to articulate why I felt these two disciplines meshed together perfectly. I now know it’s because I have a love affair with stories, and both disciplines are story oriented.
I continued to communicate with the Divine but my path ahead was pretty much like following bread crumbs to some unknown destination. Along the way I got an M.A. in theater arts, and then and M.A. Ed. and began my formal theatre teaching career.
Shortly after my husband graduated in 1981, we moved to Portland, Oregon and a few years later discovered that we didn’t really fit within the confines of the church in which we had grown up. We wanted more out of our spiritual life. It was a difficult decision to make since most of our family were members of the church, but eventually we ventured out on a new spiritual adventure.
The late 80s and early 90s was a time of rapid learning. We read lots of books by Deepak Chopra, Gregg Braden, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Neale Donald Walsch and many others. We became Reiki practitioners, began meditating and were excited about our spiritual expansion.
In 1996, after a long process of manifesting our dearly held desire to travel, we each got the same message to sell our house and take a trip for three months circumnavigating the globe. We visited friends and family and lots of spiritual and art sites. If you’ve ever traveled you know just how much it expands your perceptions. That trip started the next phase of our lives. We moved to Arizona without jobs, to be near both sets of parents who were living there at the time.
Arizona is as different from Oregon as you can get. The western part of Oregon, where we lived, is wet. Arizona, for the most part, is desert. Oregon, at least when we lived there, was politically liberal. Arizona was not. And now, as I write this, I realize we had become too comfortable living in a place that did not challenge us. Moving to Arizona forced us to grow even more. During meditation one day not too long ago, I understood that part of the reason we felt compelled to move here was because we were part of a group of people who were to anchor certain energies that would help awaken people in this state.
That sounds really grandiose, but each of us has a purpose on this planet. Like George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, most of the time we’re not even aware of the impact we have on those around us. That’s how it’s been for my husband and me. Living here has been a struggle on lots of different levels, but it’s been a time of great learning as well and I’m grateful for that.
As I continue to write articles on this site, I hope to share insights I’ve gained though the years. I don’t consider myself a great spiritual teacher. I’m just an ordinary person sharing things I hope will be helpful to you. If you continue to read my work, take what is useful, leave what’s not.
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