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Old 10-03-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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New Member To this Community and to the Baha'i Faith

Hello everyone!

My name is Lynn and I am from New York City. I recently was introduced to the Baha'i faith a month ago during my visit to Australia. There I met a lovely woman who spoke about the Baha'i and some of its principles and I was very interested in becoming part of the community because I feel this would apply to me.

I am a very spiritual person. Raised as a Muslim, I have always had a belief in God or "Allah" and have prayed to him quite a bit in my childhood. As I grew into adulthood, being a modern career woman, I did not fit into the criteria of a "faithful muslim woman", and quite frankly I don't like how many Muslims treat women. So for nearly 20 years, I have been searching for an "answer" of my higher power.

As I read more about the Baha'i Faith, I became very interested with the help of my New Australian Baha'i friend.

Here is my dilemma:

Me and my Australian friend had a huge falling out upon my return home, she became very irrational and jealous as I was focusing back on my life, (boyfriend, job, etc.) and my responsibilities back in New York. She said some really horrible things to be via email, vile things about me and what we had discussed (my background and history), things that no one has ever told me before. No one has ever spoken such hateful things to me.

So yesterday, I went to my first devotional here at the Baha'i center in my area and met some wonderful people. I was giving some books introducing me to the Baha'i faith to learn about the history and some of the principles.

My dilemma is this hateful ex-friend of mine keeps popping in my head as I read about the Baha'i. It is almost like I associate her with the faith because of our wonderful spiritual talks that we shared when I was there. So as I am reading about this wonderful faith, I am haunted by her memory, and my heart breaks.

Any suggestions of how I can overcome this?

Thank you for reading.
 
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Old 10-03-2015, 03:45 PM   #2
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Welcome PlatinumHeart!

I am sorry that your friend in Australia acted in this way. There are a lot of people who are deeply wounded and at times they lash out and hurt others.

Perhaps you can appreciate what your friend shared with you about Baha'u'llah and at the same time understand that you need to put up a certain barrier to protect yourself from abuse.

Allah'u'Abha
 
Old 10-03-2015, 04:13 PM   #3
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Welcome PlatinumHeart!

I am sorry that your friend in Australia acted in this way. There are a lot of people who are deeply wounded and at times they lash out and hurt others.

Perhaps you can appreciate what your friend shared with you about Baha'u'llah and at the same time understand that you need to put up a certain barrier to protect yourself from abuse.

Allah'u'Abha
Thank you for that wonderful advice Matthew! I think I do need to put up a certain barrier, that should help. I am trying to appreciate all the good things she said, but her vile words keep echoing in my head. I hope to overcome this.
 
Old 10-03-2015, 07:22 PM   #4
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Dear Lynn

Welcome to the global Baha'i community.
I will pray that these tests are like a healing medicine into your soul.

We are taught in the Faith that when we declare our faith in Baha'u'llah we are born again. A new being is born, animated by the Spirit of Faith.

As you may be aware, when a new child is born, the REAL tests and difficulties begin in life.

The new Lynn is no different. You are endowed with new spiritual powers. Surround yourself with those that affirm your faith, strengthen you, build your newfound resilience.
I'm confident that you will find Baha'is in your local community that can allow you to focus on this newfound light in your life, rather than those that for whatever reason are slightly weakened and are allowing any darkness to cloud their love of Baha'u'llah

You will be in my prayers
God bless you

Kam
 
Old 10-03-2015, 08:59 PM   #5
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Dear Lynn

Welcome to the global Baha'i community.
I will pray that these tests are like a healing medicine into your soul.

We are taught in the Faith that when we declare our faith in Baha'u'llah we are born again. A new being is born, animated by the Spirit of Faith.

As you may be aware, when a new child is born, the REAL tests and difficulties begin in life.

The new Lynn is no different. You are endowed with new spiritual powers. Surround yourself with those that affirm your faith, strengthen you, build your newfound resilience.
I'm confident that you will find Baha'is in your local community that can allow you to focus on this newfound light in your life, rather than those that for whatever reason are slightly weakened and are allowing any darkness to cloud their love of Baha'u'llah

You will be in my prayers
God bless you

Kam
Praise God! Thank you Kam for your insightful words of encouragement. It has been a challenge for me indeed. Every time I pick up a book of Baha'u'llah's wisdom, her hateful words come back to me. I must disassociate my relationship with her and the Baha'i faith. This darkness will no longer cloud my love, for those around me and my community.

I am thankful I found my local community. Together we read scriptures and Praise the love of God within us through the words of Baha'u'llah.

I appreciate your welcome, and I hope to become an integral part of this global community, sharing my insight and knowledge of my spiritual path.

Thank you so much for your prayers, I do value them a great deal.

Blessings,

Lynn
 
Old 10-04-2015, 01:33 PM   #6
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Cead Mile Failte Lynn. Do not judge our wonderful Faith by this confused and disturbed person. The Faith is like humanity at large, a melting pot of personalities
 
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