Thursday, April 11, 2013




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Often, people ask me what religion I follow. It’s always a difficult question for me because I believe in many aspects of many religions. Wikepedia says that Universalism, in its primary sense, refers to religious, theological, and philosophical concepts with universal application or applicability. Universalism is a term used to identify particular doctrines considering all people in their formation.


It is also stated that a community that calls itself Universalist, may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine.


So, if I have to give the way I think and believe a name, In many ways, I’d say that I am a Universalist. My father was a Quaker, my mother was Catholic and my grandfather followed Trancendentalism, which started as a movement in the early 19th century. It is a belief of God in all things seen and unseen. This is a simple answer to a complex belief. Henry David Thoreau, was a Trancendentalist. You can see what a complication it was for me sorting things out.

Necklace with Chain

Among many, Buddism is one of the religions that I have come to appreciate. There are numerous aspects of this religion that I can relate to in my everyday life. I found a beautiful Budda pendant that I’ve incorporated into my Universal Woman necklace and I believe the pendant is what prompted the creation of Universal Woman and this post. I am always inspired to create from the objects I find. Below are listed a few of the quotes by Budda that I take pleasure in.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease”

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought”

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

Universal Woman is 2 1/2 " wide x 6" long and about 12" from top of head to neck. She boasts turquoise, the Budda pendant, and some beautiful turquoise jangles. I am asking $118. You can view and purchase on Etsy or e-mail me directly.

Announcement: I will be posting a preview of the Goddess planters I make on a yearly basis in the spring on my next post. Can’t wait to show you!

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  1. Cheryl, I could have written this post, if I was as eloquent as you. You have shared almost to the word, my thoughts and feelings on religion.


  2. My thoughts as well. I took a little 'test' on the internet once,LOL, answering questions about my beliefs and it came up that I believed like the Universalist do. I had no idea...all I know is I believe many different things from many religions....even Native American beliefs.
    Again, your work is amazing!

  3. Lynne, I'm not at all surprised that your religious philosophy and my "generic faith" are so similiar. It appears we have much more in common than our names.

  4. Lynne, I'm not at all surprised that your religious philosophy and my "generic faith" are so similiar. It appears we have much more in common than our first names. :)

  5. Very interesting post and I love those quotes. Your necklace is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I specially agree the first quote, so TRUE.
    And she is great!!!!!

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  8. Dear CheryL
    Once again you have out done yourself!! She is so lovely and her adornments are fabulous. Love as always!!

  9. Cher, as always your words and work is amazing. I believe as you do and think that it's what helps me stay calm in hard times..knowing that HE is everywhere.


  10. I would love to set up a group where people from all religions come along and share their best stories - the ones that guide us through life.

    To me religion has become an excuse for hatred and violence. I don't understand it.

    Your pendant is as always incredible. They seem to shine with a mystical energy.

  11. Oh, an amazing pendant .... absolutely stunning.

  12. Loving your wonderful chunky necklace. hugs Annette x

  13. I now understand and appreciate you more Cheryl. You really enrich yourself with the wisdom of every religion. You are open minded and appreciate all positive things. This I believe really makes you a rare and great talent of art.

  14. The detail of the metal work and turquoise is incredible. Her expression is so peaceful and knowing. She truly personifies the universal woman.


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