I am not a religious person, but I am a highly spiritual one. I do not go to church, and I do not actually care much for public ceremony. Yet I crave the sanctity and solace that such places offer. I love the feeling of sacred that settles onto me, whether I am sitting in a temple, or walking in the forest. Trees, rivers, sea caves, and stone outcroppings remind me of the beauty and creativity, that exist in this world of ours. They remind me that my life, and experiences are no more then a raindrop in the ocean of existence. The woes that I carry and the achievements I celebrate are fleeting…the world will go on without me.
There is a lot of pain in the world right now; people are struggling and unsure. We fear turning on the news, and brace ourselves for the atrocities we will see there. We question our personal security, and push down the panic that rises up, when we think of what the future holds. The pain being felt is not simply a personal thing, created by the obstacles of our lives, it is the accumulation of sorrow, being bounced around the world, like a super sonic, ping-pong ball. As it moves, it picks up debris…the emotions of the masses, and adds that to its bounce every time it lands.
As I have said before, I believe we are going through a Psychic Evolution. Which simply means we, as a species are becoming more aware. We are perceiving with more than our 5 basic senses, and due to this fact, our consciousness is expanding. The trouble is, most of us don’t know what to do with it. We know that we are more sensitive, that we seem to feel the emotions of others, and that a lot of unexplained wyrdness seems to be happening. But we don’t know how to take care of ourselves in this time of transition.
First of all we need to stop being busy for the sake of being busy. We need to stop eating up every moment of our day with things we need to do. When did life become so complicated? When did kids start needing to have activities every day of the week, in order to be happy? And are they actually happy with all those obligations? And what about you? Are you happy? Do you feel more connected and whole?
As someone who’s job is considered Spiritual, it has been important for me to remember that my work is not my spiritual practice. When I am doing Readings for others, speaking to Spirits for others, and teaching workshops on spiritual awareness, I am deeply connected and doing important work. But it does not count as a spiritual experience for me…it is work, my life path. It is important and I highly value it, but it is not enough to sustain my soul. I need to take time for myself to recharge, and connect with the universe. I need to head into the woods, stand in a stone circle, sing in a sea cave, hug a tree, tone in mediation, I need to step into the betwixt and between, where the only moment is now.
When we are hurting from the death of a loved one, stressed from the mountain of bills that are piling up on our desk, worried about a friend struggling from addiction, concerned about the environment and the looming feeling of war, we need to take moments outside of our every day life, where we can rest and reconnect with Spirit, in whatever way works best for us. If you find solace in the pews of your church, love the smell of incense and the embrace of large crowds, gathered as one…then by all means, make a point of getting yourself there. Don’ t make excuses, don’t say your too busy, don’t put it off because it does nothing for your pocket. Make time for it, as feeding your soul is essential to healthy living.
We cannot change the world by worrying, and we will not change our personal (at least not positively) world by eating up every waking moment with obligations. We need to slow down, and take time to recharge, specially when we are struggling. When our emotions are heavy, and we feel overwhelmed, we need to remember the power of Spirit. I hope you enjoyed the read folks.