Many, many people today believe there is nothing for them to do other than to just think about themselves through the higher truths they’ve been taught and are now able to parrot; in this dream it seems their passport to heaven is assured.
But… this unseen state of imagination is their undoing, as it is also the secret slayer of their authentic (but still sleeping) need to awaken to real life.
We must struggle to remember the truth of ourselves; otherwise, we will face the consequences of having forgotten what happens to those who drift.
The mind that wants to know the truth of something, and that’s willing to do the work required for such a discovery, will inevitably find that for which it is searching; our highest aspirations are reflections of unrealized possibilities. All scripture, from the East to the West, confirms this timeless truth: We need only ask, and it shall be given.
But the real question before us isn’t how these individuals came to make their discoveries. We already know that the birth of all things great and true requires discipline, patience, and sacrifice. Rather, what we wish to know is where did they find this elevated understanding? In what place are we to seek and search for the timeless laws that alone reveal, and then release us from, our former limitations? The answer is surprising at first glance, but ultimately the most freeing discovery one can make: all that we need to know to grow beyond who we currently are is already a part of our true nature. English poet and playwright, T.S. Eliot, summarizes this idea for us:
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our
exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place
for the first time.
The truth of our oneness with life only starts to become real for us as we awaken to see that in hurting others, we have also hurt ourselves, and — that whenever we hurt ourselves — others suffer.
There can be no greater sense of safety and security than when we are truly alone, for only in this order of oneness within ourselves lives that Wholeness into which nothing unwelcome can come.
The more we awaken to how inwardly divided we actually are — and start to see all of the forces randomly operating within us, with no guidance apart from the “good” each separate self desires at the moment — the more we realize the need for a new kind of unity, a wholeness we are unable to create by ourselves, within ourselves.
With this new understanding comes the dawning that the only way to accomplish our higher intentions in life is to start embracing God’s intention for us to be whole and conscious creatures. Our will must be redirected, married to a greater one.
In this gradual redirection of our “willingness,” a new sense of self begins to surface in us; no longer do we struggle to will ourselves into being strong or righteous; no more do we turn on ourselves for our “weakness.” These former choices, once thought of as being part of what we needed to succeed with our intention, are now recognized as being part of the problem and not the solution. Our new intention is simply to remember God in our life, and this Will becomes the one part of ourselves with which we meet everything that life brings to us.