The past three months have
been extremely enlightening. While working on this
site, I've come across many other wonderful spiritual
sites. It's encouraging to know that so many people
are dedicated to developing their own awareness, and
that so much information is being made available to
them. I've also enjoyed reading messages left by visitors
to the discussion area. I've picked up some great
insights and recommendations for further reading.
Thank you all for sharing.
I've made some other "self-discoveries"
as well. I believe one reason for this is increased
levels of personal meditation. Let me preface this
by saying I'm no master meditator, I don't spend a
large amount of time, but I do try and do it several
times a day. When I began this journey, I wondered
why so many people suggested meditation, I really
didn't understand what it had to offer. Well, I just
read something that really made it "click" for me.
This quote is from Carlos Castaneda, "Whenever the
internal dialogue stops, the world collapses, and
extraordinary facets of ourselves surface, as though
they had been kept heavily guarded by our words."
Done properly, meditation turns off our internal dialogue,
and helps us discover those extraordinary things,
or that part of God, hidden within us.
Another thing that's helped
over the past few weeks is trying to pay more attention
to my dreams, remember them upon awaking, then attempting
to interpret them. It doesn't always work, but I do
remember more than before. Some of them are so strange
they defy interpretation, but others have been quite
I believe despite the vast
repositories of spiritual advice contained in sacred
books throughout the world, despite advice gleaned
from web-sites or received from friends, there are
simply some things you have to figure out for yourself.
Mostly this is done through trial and error, or the
"school of hard knocks". These lessons of life are
the whole reason we exist in this schoolhouse we call
Each one of us has different
lessons to learn. No one can learn your lessons for
you. No one can do the work for you. No one can make
you do it, it must come from within. Certainly, we
can help each other along the way by providing insight
and encouragement, but the lessons are ours to learn.
Isn't that what makes life so wonderful though? The
joy of discovering new things. New things about God,
the universe, and ourselves.
Some lessons one person struggles
with here on earth may be a piece of cake to someone
else. We come to earth with a core of knowledge gathered
from previous lives. We don't remember it all directly,
but it makes up facets of our personalities, our strengths
and our weaknesses. We need compassion when dealing
with others struggling with problems. Perhaps we've
just been fortunate enough to have learned and incorporated
that lesson in a previous life. When it comes to our
weaknesses, we need to relish the challenge of overcoming
them. We need to confront them head on, and if they
knock us down, we need to get up, dust ourselves off,
laugh, and confront them again. Help will be provided
to us, if we seek it, and we continue to work. We
all have the capability to grow and become more God-like
by overcoming these weaknesses and learning these
sometimes difficult lessons. My prayer is that we
continue to do so, and by so doing, we develop a world
beyond the one we currently reside in. A better world,
a world closer to God.