I Remember Now ~Tim Tengblad Post 1

Hi everyone! I am so excited to have a connection with you through this ongoing column I’m entitling, “I Remember Now.” Here we will be discussing what happens at the intersection of religion and spirituality, and any questions or issues
you may have about the two.

Perhaps you have had some prior experience with religion and a church of some kind, but have moved on to the wonderful gifts Echo and her Center provide. Maybe you’ve had no experience with organized religion but have heard some
things or have always had issues or questions about it.

I’m 69 years old in this present lifetime and have gone on quite a spiritual ride over the past ten years. At the age of 59 I began hearing an inaudible, clear voice within saying, “There is more. It’s time. You are ready and open enough. Everything is laid out before you. All you have to do is pay attention to what your inner voice and the present moment is telling you to do.” I was still serving at a Lutheran Church as a pastor when I heard this clear message.

I was a Lutheran parish pastor for 35 years. I served three churches during those years. (One was in Ohio and the other two were here in Minnesota.) I received my Masters of Theology Degree from Luther Seminary (a 4-year program of study) in
St. Paul. I graduated from Augsburg College. I grew up in St. Cloud, MN where my family and I were very active in our Lutheran Church. It was a center of our lives. I’ve been married for forty-one years and Doree and I have two wonderful
daughters, son-in-laws and two adorable grandchildren. Echo’s brother, Michael, calls me “the Mister Rogers of New Age.” Yup. That’s me…without the cardigan!  The title, “I Remember Now,” speaks to what I have come to know over the past ten years. Our souls come here with an innate and inherent spiritual knowing.  When I began walking down this path ten years ago I was led to one new writer, mystic, or community after another. As I took this all in I realized my soul was
talking to me. It was singing and vibrating and was happy as my remembering unfolded. My soul was saying, “I already know that.” Wait. What? How could that be? This is all new to me? Or is it?

One day I was walking in Boston (where our daughter lives), and my intuition told me that I should go visit a Psychic. A what? A Lutheran Pastor going to see a Psychic? Hmmm. That’s weird, but every single time I listened to the inner voice it had led me to wonderful experiences that my soul loved. I knew about Echo, so as Echo wrote about, we did our own version of “A Psychic and a Pastor Walk Into a Bar”(actually a coffee shop). We met every two weeks for two hours for an entire
year. We had a zillion questions for each other and we laughed and laughed. We’ve stayed connected and it continues to be amazing!

So that’s part of my answer to Echo’s question, “What makes you interested in spirituality coming from a strong religious background?” It was my inner knowing that was always there.

While I remain deeply grateful for the many experiences and incredible people I was able to walk beside during my life in the Church, I want to make it clear. I’m convinced that the Christian Church and religion in general have been off message for 2,000 years in many essential ways. I will be taking a look at the message the Church has offered and the profound message it has not told people in terms of who THEY are, what “God” is, and the inherent relationship between the two. Spoiler alert: they’re not two but One!

Along with this, I would love it if you would email me with your questions or comments about the Bible, Christianity, and the Church. I’ll respond to them in this column without your name included.

Let’s meet again in the next, “I Remember Now.” Until then, remember you are Love!

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Tim Tengblad
timtengblad@comcast.net

Read my Bio in Post 1