Where Is Your Peace?
Is This It? Or Is There More To This Life Than Pain?
There’s no doubt we’re living in a world of extremes. Time seems to be speeding up and paradigms are crumbling; just look at politics and religions. Things are far different than they used to be. With so much information at our fingertips, times are changing, and from what I see, there’s potential for a huge mass spiritual awakening that can really change things in this world for the better.
On the one hand, there’s the masses of people living in quiet desperation. Look at the faces of those you pass in the streets, at work, sitting in their cars at red lights. They’re exhausted. They’re sad. They’re grasping for booze or pills or social media or shopping for a sense of relief. To try to escape or numb out.
On the other hand, there’s the pockets of people who are on a spiritual path, waking up more and more, going inside to find their sense of purpose, peace, connection, and joy. Sure, they’ve still got some struggles, but they’re on the move. They’re getting better at going within when it comes to spiritual tools like meditation, yoga, etc. They’re wanting to transcend the “self” that they know and connect with their spiritual or mystical self. The transcendent!
Thus, the question, “Is this it? Isn’t there more to this life?”
Are You Being Called To Wake Up?
My question to you, if you’re not loving your life or you’re going through some sort of painful time, could your struggle or crisis or misery be a call for you to “wake up” spiritually?
Is your problem/issue begging you to begin (or get back to) a spiritual journey WITHIN?
It doesn’t matter your age. You could be 20 years old going through some crisis (like your parents telling you to move out and take full responsibility for your life) and you’re freaking out. You could be 45 going through a divorce or career change. You could be 65 facing a health crisis.
All sorts of circumstances can arise during our lives that can point us in the direction of going within for answers, rather than running to escapism, fear, misery, etc.
Here in America there’s not a lot of talk in most circles about what could be going on under the surface. There’s a LOT of mental health issues, including addictions. Far too many caught up in alcoholism and drug addiction, as well as addiction to things like shopping, porn, technology, and more. Trying to fill the void and escape the pain…it’s a common thing. I know this because I moderate addiction recovery forums, and let me assure you that addiction is running rampant, causing a LOT of suffering.
And that’s disheartening.
I don’t have the answers, but I do believe that life will give each of us ample opportunities to wake up out of a subconscious program we’ve been running on since childhood. I mean the faulty belief programs we started picking up as kids. I mean the pain that has amassed since then, that we so nicely stuffed way down deep in the psyche.
That high level of anxiety…that perpetual running on “fight and flight” mode…that depression…loneliness…feeling like you’re not good enough – it’s a call to awaken more spiritually. A call to take time to just stop laser-focusing on the problems or material things or how you’re a victim and start digging to get under the surface.
A Call To Surrender
I don’t watch the news that often, but I do know that things are breaking down. Paradigms are shifting and when this happens, many people get into fear. Their scarcity mentality kicks in and they start freaking out. Some people don’t show it, but inside they’re leading lives of quiet desperation. They’re afraid of going broke, not having enough, getting sick, and dying. The anxiety they face on a daily basis with the mind racing, racing, racing, is incredibly high.
But then there are others who face paradigm shifts with a different attitude or resolve. Instead of allowing the news to herd them like cattle into fear, they break away from the old molds and resolve to “do life” in a new way. With a new perspective.
They begin surrendering and letting go of their preconceived ideas about life as they’ve known it. They educate themselves. The start taking care and learning how to process the pain they’ve been running from. They start taking off their masks, layer after layer, whether it be in therapy, applying spiritual tools like meditation, prayer, drum circles, etc.
They catch a glimpse of the reality that they are not the wounded child they’ve been modeling in the world. They get triggered less. They are quieter. They value introspection. They are more apt to be givers of compassion and kindness.
As the global economy is breaking down, they are waking up. They’re not embracing competition or separation anymore. They’re not equating money with self-worth. They’re carving a new path, a path that is marked with radical love, patience, kindness, vulnerability and authentic connection.
A Shift In Consciousness
If there’s one thing I know, it’s that people want to feel like they have meaning or purpose. They desire to lead lives that feel fulfilling.
Today, there’s more people open to something different. Something mystical. There’s more men and women getting on board with both spirituality and science, combining the two and then stepping into the world as a unique expression of that!
And I’m all for it.
I’m all for a radical shift in consciousness, a revival of authentic love and compassion. Not afraid of what others think or say, but being rooted and grounded in TRUTH and LOVE.
I’m not concerned with what label you give yourself when it comes to pursuing your higher power, whatever it is you call that. May all paths lead to LOVE.
My hope is that if you’re reading this, you’ll take a few minutes and get quiet with yourself. You’ll close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let go what isn’t serving you. Listen. Be willing to go deep within yourself, do whatever “inner healing work” you need to do, meditate and pray every single day, be empowered, express yourself as the precious part of divinity that you are, and smile a lot more.
Go inside, dear one, and find yourself there. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it. Make the time for it, even if it’s ten minutes a day to start. Aim for a mystical, transcendental experience, because the more you wake up, the better your life – and others – will be.
Wounded people hurt others and the world.
Healed and whole people heal others and the world.
I’m going to close with a quote by Joseph Campbell, which will encourage you to begin committing to some time each day where it’s just you, and you and your God. Make the time, friends. It’ll make a big difference in your life, and in the world.
“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”
Go within regularly. Get to know the you that is behind your eyes. Go deep. Embrace the descent, because it is therein that you’ll find freedom, and ascend as the Phoenix, ablaze with fierce love and compassion.
Until next time,