Well, for one thing, it identifies us as human beings. However, I have come to learn that it can be a confusing Title depending on what image we have of ourselves. The Ego wants the bells and whistles, like Mr. Mrs. Rev. Dr. and of course the ensuing lettering after the name.
I remember back in the day, when I was a young Counsellor and everyone wanted me to have the alphabet soup after my name. I was new to the professional scene and much of my garnered wisdom and experience came from the ‘street’ so to speak. Literally! I was a street urchin…but only in the most innocent of ways. It’s a long story, and probably one for another blog. But trust me when I say that I had learned many tricks of the trade the hard core way and was by no means a push over. This, of course, did not earn me much respect in the professional realm. Initially! That is until those observants realized that I had a gift for working with troubled youth and was amazing with families…Hence the Youth and Family Addictions Worker Title.
When I decided to put on my student hat and gain some more structured and qualified knowledge from mainstream courses and University studies, I began to accrue some pretty hefty Titles and degrees. People seemed so much more receptive to the fact that I had say a Bachelors or Masters degree or a Title such as Reverend, Minister or Chaplin and the so far elusive Dr. title of Doctorate which I don’t have yet…still working on that one. Close, but no cigar…yet!
So now to my story for today… I have pondered who I am and who I wish to be known as for quite some time… am I a Pastor, no… am I a Preacher, no… am I a Minister, yes…but no one calls you Minister…I am an Officiant, a Celebrant and lo and behold the other hats I have worn in my life are girlfriend, sister, Auntie, wife, mother, grandmother, Counsellor to many, just to mention but a few…
So, here I am as the Founding Spiritual Director of Sacred Rainforest Metaphysical Centre Society. What do I call myself? If the truth be told, most people call me Sue and some call me Rev. Sue but in my quest to honour my Eastern philosophies training and genuine love…I mean, “what possesses a 21 year old to study Transcendental Meditation with a student of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the ’70’s with such fervor and commitment, while completely embracing the Hindu culture and religion?” Especially when one is a White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant British heritage girl. Well, the answer is ME~ I am that I am…I am Susan Elizabeth, but I am first and foremost an incarnated being who came from….SOMEWHERE else…perhaps India…I don’t recall.
Therefore, allow me the privilege of explaining why this blonde haired girl sometimes wears a traditional Bindi on occasion and lots of gold bangles… and has been known to don a sari with ease and grace. Many of my friends and colleagues are Indian. I relate and bond with them on a sagacious level.
So, now the reason for my ramblings… here is briefly an explanation of why I call myself Sri Susanje’ and where the name came from.
This Title and name was chosen from my Christian given name at birth and the name of my Beloved Brother.
Shri, Shree or Sri all pronounced the same is Hindi and means ‘diffusing radiant Light’ and is a Title that I like and feel more comfortable with than Reverend. I don’t want to be revered~
It is short for Sushri which is the feminine for Spiritual Teacher.
Susanje’ is my Spiritual name which combines the S-u-s from the beginning of my name and the beginning of Jesus’ name J-e.
If you take the end of Susan-JE’ and the beginning of my name SUS you have Jesus and my name SUSAN.
So Susanje’ is Susan and Jesus. Thereby, allowing me to always hold him close to my heart. Pronounced Su-san-jay.
The Sri is a Title not often used…but the name Susanje‘ is highly identifiable. I like it! It speaks to me. So, for now, that is it…and ya, I am still Sue or Su…whatever way you want to slice it!! Peace, love, light…Namaste’… Susanje’… xox