Working Through the Struggle
(Editor’s note: Last Monday Bruce wrote an article
called “The Struggle.” Today he
takes up where he left off. You
didn’t think he’d leave you hanging, did you?)
Last week I wrote that after
being told to write about and teach what God had shown me, I was filled with a
mixture of thoughts and emotions. Although I had been gifted with an overview
of Creation and had a memory of an image, I did not possess a detailed plan to
put what was in my head to words. As I began to write, I quickly realized my
ego mind and the spiritual view presented very different images.
From my ego or human
perspective I found that I had many fear-based thoughts. My thoughts ranged
“What if everyone thinks I am crazy?” to “Who will protect my family if I
become a target for those who feel offended or threatened by what I write?” I
repeatedly asked for (and received) signs that indeed what I had been shown and
told came from God.
Day after day I tried to find
a way of bridging my old life and my new view. I started off meditating and
examining the events I had previously experienced. It came to me that before I
could write a spiritual book that accurately represented Creation, I had to see
past my own previously limited view.
By seeing past, I don’t mean
to just intellectually understand the difference between our human and
spiritual lives. I mean to examine through experience my belief system
comprehensively, from top to bottom. Throughout the process of examination, I
found elements of both Love and Fear.
What I found is that Love is real and the only constant. Fear is nothing
more than a belief about something based on a collection of judgments arising
from my past.
In Prophet or Madman I wrote
that in every given moment we have a choice to react or interact with that
moment. Reacting always come from an ego thought and is fear based. Interacting
on the other hand, does not come from a past memory. It is the state of being
consciously one with Love/God.
I once read a book by David
Hawkins. In it he wrote, “Love is not an emotion but rather a level of
From the spiritual view of
creation that I have seen, I would say Hawkins was right. Love is ever present
and never changing but it is not recognizable to those who have not opened
their eyes to see.
For those who are brave
enough to choose the road less traveled that leads to enlightenment you most
likely will find there are many twists and turns to the road.
Through much tribulation we
must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22)
The Buddha said, “Those who
practice the Way might well follow the example of an ox that marches through
the deep mire carrying a heavy load. He is tired, but his steady gaze, looking
forward, will never relax until he comes out of the mire, and it is only then
that he takes a respite. O monks, remember that passions and sins are more than
the filthy mire, and that you can escape misery only by earnestly and steadily
thinking of the Way.”
Ecclesiastes 1:13 (New King
James Version): “And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning
all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons
of man, by which they may be exercised.”
My hope and wish for all of
humanity is that someday we can move past our petty differences and help our
fellow man wake up to Love. Not small capital love where me and mine must come
before you and yours, but Unconditional Love where we are all one.
Regardless of your path or
what religion you practice, if you wish to awaken yourself and live awakened in
this world you will have to struggle. More to come…
Love and Light,
Prophet or Madman