Cleaning Out Our Closets

Alan Alda said “you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”

If you were with me on Sunday, you know that my topic was “Coming Out to Ourselves.” I believe that often, in the “closet” that is our mind, we keep hurts, resentments, bitterness, ideas that we are less than, and other scary monsters hidden. We may do a really good job of keeping them back behind the shoes and the winter coats. But every once in a while, they work their way up to the front to hurt us again.

It is difficult to live with a secret, especially when we are afraid that if someone finds out, they will abandon us. The problem is that if we are not true to ourselves, and honor ourselves as the beloved of God, we are abandoning ourselves. Because even if we have everyone else’s approval, we cannot be truly at peace until we have our own.

Every day is new and fresh. No matter what happened, each moment holds an opportunity to move forward in peace and joy.

Grace allows us to “clean out the closet”—to look at those hurts and judgments, forgive them, and release them. Because we know Spirit (or God or The Universe or Our Higher Power) loves us and never judges us, we can remember the only judgment that matters is our own. Each of us is beloved, sacred and worthy.

About revjerryt

I offer spiritual counseling around healing issues related to relationships (with our Higher Power, ourselves and family), coming out (regardless of sexual orientation), and other concerns. I am a Religious Science / New Thought Minister living in the San Diego area, and senior minister of Joyful Living Spiritual Center, meeting at the Days Hotel (543 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley/San Diego) in the East Wing Meeting Room on the second floor. Learn more at Other services include weddings, holy unions, baby blessings, baptisms, and memorial services. Learn more about me, and my book, at I am also the founder of the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, bringing members of the gay and lesbian community together with leaders of various religious denominations and spiritual traditions, in order to start the conversation about healing. Learn more at
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