Hi everyone… I’m Linda Leland and this blog has been a long time coming.
Although I’m the DOO here at the Teachers of God Foundation, I’m also a Minister and teacher. However, when I’m out and about in the world, I keep fairly quiet about my work and my passion for knowing God.
Why is that?
Because I have felt that there’s a stigma attached to people who love God. Because I held that stigma myself, for many years.
Not to mention, I’ve also had some good friends come forward and say they were worried about me over the past couple of years, since I’ve devoted my life to God. These were awesome, smart, beautiful women who love me. Some even questioned whether I was in a (gulp) cult.
Mostly, they said,
“You’ve changed and we’re concerned for you.”
They didn’t know what to make of the changes in me.
So, I’m coming out of the closet, full on.
Watch this video to hear my full story:
You see, I was raised in a religion that told me, as a little girl, that my parents would burn in hell because they got divorced when I was 5 years old. I literally ran out of Sunday School screaming and never went back. (That’s just one of the many lies we’ve been taught.) After that, I associated God with religion; preachy, judgmental, elitist, phony and downright crazy.
I’ve since learned the Truth.
I want to be someone who comes out of the closet and helps remove this stigma.
First, let’s set all religion and fears about religion aside.
Let’s look at spiritual Truth. The real message has been here all along. It’s not just woven through the Bible. Whether you follow the Tao, The Bhagavad Gita, A Course In Miracles, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, the Twelve Steps, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Jean Houston, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, (I could go on and on). From all the way back, great spiritual teachers are all saying the same thing.
Yes, the truth has gotten twisted along the way and many of us have turned away from God because the manipulated message didn’t feel right. It didn’t fit.
But here’s the truth:
There is something bigger! There is a love and an intelligence that is much bigger than we are. You can call it whatever you want. You can call it God, but you don’t have to. I call it God. Call it “George”, it doesn’t matter. In twelve step programs, they call it a higher power.
Here are the standard, unshakable truths that have been spoken since the dawn of time:
• We’re not just these vulnerable bodies.
• We are spiritual beings and we are eternal.
• We are loved and guided.
• There’s nothing to worry about.
• We have everything we need.
• Every single person we encounter is our brother.
• No one is better than anybody else. Your skin color, gender, and IQ don’t matter. We are one.
• We are all living this human experience together.
Let’s go one step further.
All of these teachings have said, in some way,
“Seek ye first the Kingdom and all else will be added unto you.”
So, we are being told that if we keep our focus on God, or the highest in us, then everything will be taken care of and provided for.
If someone told you, “Do this and everything will be yours.”, wouldn’t you want to give that a try? That’s a bold statement that deserves some attention!!
I also read a research article and learned that the happiest people in the world were not those with the most money or married or single, well educated or have an ocean view. The happiest people in the world, by far, are those with faith in something bigger.
That’s HUGE. I want to be one of the happiest people in the world! So I decided to lay down my resistance and give it my best effort.
I mean, what if I’m not alone? What if this isn’t all there is? What if there’s more to this story?
I wanted to know.
As soon as I said YES, everything started to shift. (“Ask and you shall receive.”)
Think of it like this. Imagine standing on one side of a fence looking through a tiny hole. All you can see is part of a bush. Make the hole a little bigger and now you can see the whole bush and some grass. Make it even bigger and now you’re seeing trees, mountains and the sky!
We’ve been looking through this little, tiny hole in the fence and lived our lives based on this small point of view. (aka sleepwalking) It’s hard to believe anything else exists apart from what you can see through that pin-hole. A spiritual practice means making your fence hole bigger and bigger.
This is why the 40 Day Program for Transformation was so life changing for me. I used that time to lay my narrow-minded point of view down. I set aside my little beliefs, fear, lack and worry. I was going to trust in God for 40 Days. To look for God everywhere and in every face. It was a living experiment.
It did not disappoint.
I learned that God is here. IT’S REAL!!!
The way I see everything has changed. So yes, I’ve definitely changed.
Faith begins as an experiment and ends as an experience.
It’s been a beautiful unfolding. Now, I want to shine some light on this stigma for everyone.
How have I changed?
I don’t think the way most people in the world today think. I don’t worry or judge the same. I choose to trust everything and I feel deeply connected to all of it.
Call me weird. That’s a good sign. Today, I’m happy about that!
To everyone out there, I hope that you can remove any past stigma and give God a try. Experiment with this and then formulate your own opinion.
If you’re already living a life in love with God, then I hope you don’t feel like you need to hide it or be embarrassed by it. It is the most awesome thing you could do. It’s the reason you’re here. Feel free to share this blog with anyone who thinks you’re weird too.
I want us all to come out of the closet and remove this stigma together.
If you’re interested in signing up for the 40 Day Program, making that commitment and experimenting with these truths for yourself, click here. The program is based on A Course In Miracles and it’s very loving and clear. It’s totally FREE and you can start any time you like.
I’d love to see you there.
Question: How do you feel about this old stigma? What does it mean for you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
I’d love to hear from you and I’ll be sure to read every word.
Thank you so much.