Where Did You Come From, and What Are You Doing Here?

Emilie Hoffman      mind/body guide

My clients ask me a lot what my spiritual beliefs are.

Where do I think I came from, and what do I think I'm supposed to be doing here? My answer is sometimes vague, I can't always find the right words, and my understanding is ever-evolving.

It's also a little awkward to explore these questions in a place and time that tells us religion and politics are best left private matters.

What I know is that connection is everything and exploring different versions of reality can be magical, so here it goes. 

I think I came from an infinite source that transcends human understanding, and I'll go back again when my physical body is done. I think I'm here to discover and grow my own gifts to share with the rest of the world, and vice versa.

It's not so much that I have gifts like they are a tangible piece of property, but rather that they are qualities and knowing that flow through me. I'm committed to practice connection to self, divinity, and the whole wide universe for the upliftment and celebration of all. 

I didn't grow up in a very religious household. My dad's family is Catholic and my mom's family is (?) and she grew up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. The religious traditions I enjoyed the most as a teenager and young adult were Quaker, mostly because there was a sense of respect for all life no matter status or condition. And though it's not part of a formal religion, my family asks questions about the nature of reality and the origins of life - a habit rooted in scientific pursuits that regard science as merely an approach to learning, not a set of beliefs.

I'm from Pennsylvania and I like pot lucks, people, peace, and nature, but there's still so much to know about myself!   

This year, a dear friend invited me to learn about and celebrate the Jewish New Year with her. That's an incredibly special invitation because she is serious about learning, spirituality, and respect. 

As a lover of fall, I was excited to have the opportunity for some extra holidays. I've always informally celebrated fall as my "going in" time, the beginning of something as it is also the end of something. A time to reflect on what I am shedding or softening and what I am becoming or committing to. 

To my delight, this is apparently very much what Rosh Hashanah is about!   

The most powerful thing I have learned so far is that everything - all people, all creatures, all of the Earth is divinity. But people have free will and that allows them to choose to be distracted from their own divinity.

The worst thing we can do as humans is be careless with our attention and intentions: irresponsible with the divine gifts we've been given. 

The timing of this invitation for me to learn someone else's traditions and teachings has been absolutely perfect because I've already been challenging myself on what real responsibility is. 

It's whatever lets you be the highest expression of yourself such that others may do the same as well. 

What does that mean in action? 

It means you're discerning between what is equal and what is equitable; what is quantity and what is quality; what is insistence and what is impact. 

It means acting as much as you journal and meditate. 

It means executing plans as much as you dream. 

It means choosing your words so that you may hear yourself speak and decide if your highest self is in agreement with what you just said. 

It means turning toward that which offends us to better understand, but not to be subjugated or to subjugate others. 

It means having faith that my personal life is so profound that it offers divine lessons worth sharing. 

Do you believe that about your own life? I hope you do. 


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