It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
There are parts of our psychic system that reject the shocks -- the lessons needed for our evolution because they imagine they’re already flying above the world of troubles. It is this mistaken sense of self that stands between us and true self-transformation.
Nothing that resists life can hope to learn from it.
Until we can embrace the lessons that ride into our lives on the back of events, we walk through an isolated world of our own making. Confined and defined by the content of our own thoughts, we are cut off from reality. And, as long as we remain so, there is no hope of realizing our relationship with that limitless Light from out of whose life pours the lessons intended for our transformation.
So, this much is clear: something within us is acting against our best interests. But what would do this, and why? The following insight helps us to see why our lower consciousness —our false self—resists the lessons we need in order to be born anew:
Real learning requires surrender.
Just as the caterpillar must let go of what it has been in order to realize the butterfly it’s created to become, so too we must yield to what is above us if our wish is to know its freedom as our own.
Think of the way in which a barren winter grape vine yields itself to the first rays of a warm spring sun, drinking in the radiant energy that will—in a few months—be a part of the sweet fruit it grows. In nature we can see this order of relationship law: for one life to “increase” another must “decrease.” The same holds true within us. We too must yield the still dark and undiscovered parts of ourselves to the light of awareness that transforms them, so that the soul can blossom and bear fruit. This eternal genesis is the secret nature of love, as is its living Light through which we perceive our relationship within it.
As our inner eyes open, and we see that all things come to us for the sake of increasing our trust in this love, the flame of true faith ignites. By its light we see with ever-increasing clarity that nothing happens to us that isn’t part of preparing us to transcend—to outgrow—who and what we have been. Our conviction in the goodness of Truth moves past all doubt, and our confidence grows that we’ve found what we’ve been looking for all our life. The Light for which we searched is real and now we know it. Now our inner work is to practice being one with this Light whose love has made possible our awakening. The fruit of this union is freedom. Some call it enlightenment. By any other name it is joy. This Life is yours if you give it yours.
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