In hindsight the entire week was symbolic of what was to come. By the end of the day on Sunday I received all of the answers that were necessary. The light at the end of the tunnel was still far from my reach but I could feel its light shining over me.
I was especially looking forward to this Sunday’s Dharma topic because the same guest speaker that discussed “No birth, no death” was leading the day’s discussion. The topic for this Sunday was “Freedom from concepts”. The intention of this topic was to teach us how to be free from the hindrances in our minds. Our minds are filled with tons of preconceived notions which keep us from seeing the true nature in all things. The Reverend used emotions and feelings as an example and stated that love, anger, pain, joy and compassion are all concepts. How we perceive these feelings are based on the conditions we place on them. Think about the concept of pain. Most of us may feel pain or soreness after exercising. Although there is discomfort most people associate the pain as “good” pain. However, if you feel the exact same pain or soreness and haven’t been exercising or are unable to identify the reason for the pain, our minds tells us something is wrong and we perceive the pain as “bad”. It’s all a matter of your perception.
Although love and compassion are concepts, Reverend Gil equated these concepts to the true nature of self. He explained when the mind is without worry and when the mind is clear and free from hindrances, unattached to a particular thought, that peace or true nature is attained. Love and compassion are concepts because our minds place conditions and limits on what love or compassion should look like or how it should show up in our lives. It is our perceptions of them that make them concepts. True nature on the other hand is the state of mind where you are most conscious, most present. A student in the class asked when a person feels anger, if in that moment their true nature is anger. She questioned the Reverend and asked “If anger is a concept just as love or compassion are concepts, doesn’t that make true nature as described unattainable?” When she finished asking her question, all sorts of AHA’s ran through my mind and I wanted to stand up, look at her and say absolutely not! In that moment I had figured out where the sudden anger towards my ex came from. The dream led me to think of past experiences and instead of staying in the present moment I immediately went into victim mode (ego). My preconceived notions of how I felt he should have behaved in the relationship was showing up as anger within me. The more energy I gave to the feeling of anger, the more I became fixated on the past. The anger had rendered me unconscious. This discussion was a reminder for me to stay in the present moment. A reminder that I was still holding on to the 5% and that I needed to let it go.
Later that afternoon I attended the Body, Mind & Spirit Expo. For the past several years I’ve consulted with a Psychic/Astrologer and recently felt the need to try someone different who did not know me. I love my astrologer and much of what he has said to me over the years has manifested, yet still I felt the need for a different experience. My friend attended the expo with me and we decided to walk the room to scope out the various tarot readers, mediums, etc. There was one woman who we noticed with an intensity in her eyes that we could not ignore, and we decided she was the one.
Although I come from a family of whom many have the gift of sight and while I have had numerous readings and psychic experiences throughout my life, what I experienced during that 20 minute reading was absolutely one of the most profound experiences I’ve had in my life. She started by acknowledging that I also had the gift of sight and could see that it ran in my family. She immediately asked me about my grandmother and said she could see her spirit around me. I explained briefly of my grandmother’s passing and while I was speaking, I noticed she was staring over my left shoulder. It was such an intense glare that I stopped speaking to look over my shoulder and the psychic smiled at me and said “Yes, she is with you. I see her sitting on the edge of your bed and she wants to know why you can’t sleep at night.” Tears immediately streamed over my cheeks and even though I was weeping uncontrollably there was joy in my soul. I had prayed every day for the past week and a half, asking for my grandmother. In what felt like my darkest hours and most challenging times, I prayed for a sign that she was with me, guiding me and giving me courage to move through the unpleasant circumstances I faced. In that moment I received confirmation that her spirit was with me and that she was doing all she could on a spiritual realm to help me. I received confirmation that all would be well. The psychic continued to acknowledge details about my grandmother that she could not possibly have known. She detailed things about my mother, my career and most recent struggles. Everything she said was amazingly accurate. I do have some hard decisions to make over the next few months and while the outcome of various challenges were not given, knowing that my grandmother is with me will make this next part of the journey much easier.
The day’s experience put everything in perspective for me. There will always be detours and pitfalls along this journey. I am learning and LIVING the difference between talking about my faith and governing my life by my faith. This experience has opened my eyes to cautiously examine the people who I draw to me when I am feeling particularly vulnerable or weak. I need to remember Key Lesson 50 from “A Course In Miracles”
Put not your faith in illusions. They will fail you. Put all your faith in the Love of God within you; eternal, changeless and forever unfailing. This is the answer to whatever confronts you today. Through the Love of God within you, you can resolve all seeming difficulties without effort and in sure confidence. Tell yourself this often today. It is a declaration of release from the belief in idols. It is your acknowledgment of the truth about yourself.
For ten minutes, twice today, morning and evening, let the idea for today sink deep into your consciousness. Repeat it, think about it, let related thoughts come to help you recognize its truth, and allow peace to flow over you like a blanket of protection and surety. Let no idle and foolish thoughts enter to disturb the holy mind of the Son of God. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven. Such is the resting place where your Father has placed you forever.
And this too shall pass.
It’s beauty in the struggle… ~J. Cole