When you are brought up as an Irish Catholic and then have travelled extensively over Asia, you can't help question the influence of our belief systems and where they are formed. I am not a good Catholic but I am spiritual.
My understanding is that there are many beliefs, religions and ceremonies across the world that are all of value. I believe they are culturally bound with practices to help people work towards goodness. These values are of great interest to me and as I travel, I have tried to further my understanding about what this means in my own life.
However, it is when power, control and territorial boundaries get in the way, that I turn away from religion. Somehow within the institute of fundamentalism, the value of goodness is lost to greed and anger. This I cannot tolerate.
Images of spirit guides in all religions have their own teachings and it is these portraits that appeal to me and have given me solace in times of hardship and joy when I want to celebrate life.