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Sera Beak Sera Beak redvolutionary. world-travelled scholar. mystic.

Author Sera Beak is a world-traveled, Harvard-trained scholar of comparative world religions and mysticism. She's a Redrevolutionary and the director of a film. [www.serabeak.com]

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My relationship with the divine chi force inside me affects my work, my writing, my creativity, and my other relationships. Pretty much anything meaningful or authentic comes from it. It’s where I come from and where I really blossom. Some people call that force the soul or divine force. I call her my lady.

I was born feeling connected to that force, but the only framework I had was Catholicism, so I was madly in love with God, but kind of ridiculously so. I’d write “I heart God” on the top of my homework assignments. I felt so much joy in that relationship, which was really personal, but because it didn’t match what I was taught in church, at the age of 12 I left the Catholic church. That led me on a wild ride of exploring different spiritualities, reading a ton of books, and eventually studying comparative religions in college and graduate school. I travelled the world and interviewed mystics and laypeople.

When I was a little girl, I naturally experienced an expression of that which was divine to me. I was hooked up. I had moments of tingly awe about the world and people and the universe. Then that got covered up and the safest route for continuing to explore was to study. Exploring the divine became more of an intellectual pursuit and a safe way for me to talk about what was most meaningful to me. I created a career of talking about and sharing about the topic, but I’m now realizing that those are side-products.

A growing edge for me is to not only talk about spirituality and the soul, but to be it – that’s the only thing my soul is really interested in doing this time around. This direction scares me. In order to step closer to what the soul wants to be doing here – not just what my ego or even my passions want – I’ve found that everything that has resisted that gets brought up. Every fear, every self-consciousness, every trauma comes up for a face-off. It feels odd and honest and human, all at the same time.

I can tell when I feel disconnected from that center, that conscious place inside. It’s worth doing whatever I need to do to reconnect, because I’m not going to be able to make things work unless I do.

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