There's a line in the film "When Harry Met Sally" when Billy Crystal says to Meg Ryan, "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to begin right away." It may sound odd, but the moment I touched in to Spirit, I felt the same way and began doing everything in my power to scramble closer to that relationship. And, as with any relationship there were (and still are) some hurdles, rocky points paired with the blissful.
When we first connect with that deeply spiritual place residing in each of us, it's not always an easy place to be. By the time we reach that place of connection we realize that one of us is far more superior than the other and we better pony up if we're gonna be a good match. We realize it's time to do our work.
Upon entering this world we arrive as big energetic beings living in small infant bodies. Have you ever noticed how babies have no filters and just stare you down? There are no imprints yet left behind by a parent, peer, teacher, etc. Over time we begin to be layered with these imprints..some good..some not so good. By time we begin seeking who we are and looking at the broader picture we look out from underneath all the layers of 'stuff' we've accumulated over the years.
Our seeking a spiritual connection ultimately leads us to an opportunity to begin shedding the layers. We begin to take stock of our life and weed out the beliefs, patterns and behaviors which no longer serve us. In his book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield, a leading Buddhist teacher, speaks about our spiritual path as being circular rather than linear. To paraphrase, he says we continue on a circle hitting our karma at one point along the path. The first time we may get blindsided, but subsequently gain new information and tools so by the time we encounter it again...and again..the charge of the karma reduces.
We continue to gain new tools and information. We replace the old information which has caused our emotional patterning, physical postures, facial expression and even body weight. As this happens we shed the old...lightening up the load, leading us toward new knowledge..hence en-lighten-ment!
I scrambled to do anything I could to get closer to Spirit. I meditated for hours in a day, went on retreats, read books, sought spiritual advice. What I ultimately realized is that Spirit is always within, just waiting for you to show up. To see It, to see you for who you really are.
Enlightenment is not about sitting on a mountaintop and waiting for wisdom to arrive. Sure it helps, but not pragmatic for most. It's more about seeing, witnessing and shifting our 'stuff' as we encounter it. We must look at what is not serving us, see our reflection within it and begin to excavate so we may have more room for our Spirit to shine through.
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