My Dear Family,
I feel at this time in my life it is important to tell you some things about who I am. Mainly my spiritual beliefs, as I have now chosen to take a position that could put me in the public spotlight and it is out of love and consideration that I choose to tell you.
I do this in the form of a letter because since this particular topic is so close to my heart, I would have a difficult time explaining it in person. I ask that you give what I am about to say careful, loving, considerate thought before responding or choosing to speak with me about it.
You may already know to some extent that I am no longer affiliated with the religion I was raised in, and have chosen a different path for myself.
It can be defined as Pagan, an earth centered spirituality which I create for myself with guidance from science, historical and cultural practices from the Celtic lands and people.
Know that I see the spirit of the beauty of the earth and feel the kind embrace of each season as I move through my life. I believe in honoring the cycles of the seasons with celebrations tailored to each change in the land and in myself, recognizing divinity’s many incarnations and messengers and in my own personal power and spirit.
I’ve walked this path for about 8 years now and have found an incredible depth and calmness in it.
It is a highly misunderstood path but know that it doesn’t conflict with a good moral and ethical life and highlights compassion, understanding, awareness and love in very meaningful ways.
I had the incredible opportunity to learn from and be a part of a pagan group in Colorado that helped me to gain wisdom and have become incredibly dear friends to me.
Since moving back to Utah I have taken the opportunity to help other people like me, who believe as I do in the power and spirit of nature through creating a student organization at USU, of which I am president over.
I want to provide a safe place where students can be supported and help to develop a deep, responsible connection with the gods, spirits and nature they choose to worship.
I learned a calm, steady heart from both of you. I can not hide my true self and it is difficult for me to know that I can help and wait for someone else to do the job, so I step up as a Priestess, to guide those who have need.
Several of our seasonal celebrations will be public. Although previously I’ve felt it wasn’t any of your concern how I connected with the divine but since there are a lot of misconceptions about paganism, so if questions came up with your friends or people you know due to an article then you could answer them with a steady, loving heart and not be afraid.
You raised an intelligent, loving daughter and that has never changed. I only want my truth and for others to find it as well. I can’t help but lead in this way.
I feel that the gap of differences between us is so vast sometimes that I am afraid to let you all into this part of my life. I was afraid that there would be too much judgment, sorrow or that you would want me to change from the happiness I’ve found to the happiness that works for you.
We have also removed our names from the records of the church, as it is wrong to be affiliated with an organization that we do not support ethically, financially or spiritually.
I know with P on his mission and your church responsibilities this may be difficult for you to accept but I simply ask that you extend me respect as an adult that has chosen her way.
It’s important that you know that I think every individual comes to their own Truth, which is fluid. I’ve come to view religion and spirituality/the relationship with the divine as deeply, almost incomprehensibly personal and unique to each individual.
Remember that I am the strong, beautiful, powerful, passionate daughter you raised and nothing will ever change that.
Your loving Daughter,