“Great souls are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.” – [Emerson]
One can literally define the spiritual journey as the striving to become the master of our Sensor, so to grow beyond our neurosis, and ultimately, our neurology. The addiction to any form of substance as well as behaviour, being most indicative of how we fail in this task.
This journey therefore requires we develop the inner strength to navigate the painful circumstances required for growth to greater and greater levels of response-ability. Though, the endeavour is not merely about developing strength of will for strength of will’s sake. Rather, that we may reach a point where we can fully trust our hearts for our spirits to be released, so to fully be in our bliss.
For this reason the very purpose of our life is to be found in our respective struggles, being the forming ground of our wills, and therefore our inner Spirit. One can equate this to a beautiful butterfly taking shape from a seemingly inconsequential squirmy larva, though whose very purpose of being is to prepare itself for its great day of release as a magnificently winged creature.
How this relates to our own lives is poignantly described by the anecdote of the butterfly who was innocently helped to escape from its cocoon by a concerned bystander. In wanting to aid it in its struggle, he helped open the cocoon, but unintentionally releasing a butterfly that would never ever fly. Unknowingly denying it the time required for its wings to develop the necessary strength that it one day be capable of defying the forces drawing it to the ground. Instead, leaving a helpless creature that will whither away and die, without ever having had a chance to be what its magnificent life potential had promised it could be.
Similarly our journey through our Sensor is our own metaphorical struggle through our own psychological cocoon. And by working through its seemingly impenetrable shell, also to develop such strong mental wings that will similarly allow us to take off and fly.
In this analogy our head is represented by the worm whose primary purpose is to feed itself as best it can in order to sustain its essence on its painful journey to Selfhood. Living freely from our hearts on the other hand, being represented by the release of a marvellously winged creature.
Strangely enough for humans, their true release only happens much later in life. And if we are lucky, our early forties, and not when our bodies come of age at around eighteen as is the commonly held view. Though as I just intimated, “if we are lucky”, this process is not governed by luck all but the effort we make to pay attention to our thoughts. Unfortunately, in their avoidance of pain most live their life growing an ever thicker shell (or Sensor), with absolutely no regard for the magnificent being within that must be nurtured that it too one day may stretch its mental wings and fly.
And herein a great paradox is apparent. It being that the more broken we may have become because of our childhood circumstances, the more life may be preparing us to soar to ever greater heights of being. That is if we can just exhibit the courage to endure the temporary pain such a journey may require of us to get there.
Thus on the most fundamental level, the spiritual journey is not about what we do. Instead our spiritual essence is formed by how we choose to think. And only then, from how we – as a result of our thoughtful struggles and deliberations – choose to act.
To this end an awareness of our destructive thinking – whether it emanates from the Devil, the Victim, the Strangler, the Cavalier, the Enforcer, the Vortex or the Conjurer as detailed in the following section – and how it draws negative consequences to our lives, is the all important first step that is required to affect such inner growth. Beyond that we must become constantly vigilant of the stimulus around us and how we formulate our thoughts in relation to them.
All along while engaging your life’s journey to bear in mind that, while you may have set a clear vision of the confident individual you one day want to be, to be patient with yourself. It requires the knowledge that in having made the commitment to that end, you are already there. It is to have faith that your life will be as it must. While all along appreciating that life is about the journey, by enjoying the numerous little stops on the way; and that it not necessarily is about the final destination at all.
It is to realise that our fate is the life we’ve been born into; our destiny is what we choose to make of it.
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© Newton Fortuin – 2006