Hello, my friend.
I bring you greetings and good wishes for the upcoming holiday season, and hope that you enjoyed your time with family and friends over Thanksgiving last week.
Today I speak on a topic close to my heart, and my life -- life lessons. Life lessons offer situations that challenge our ability to grow toward the light while living out the experiences we’re getting here and now.
When we’re caught up in the trees of our struggles, it can be hard to see the forest, much less plot a course through it to where we want to go. Usually that’s to solve the problems before us in response to the catalyst that brought us there.
The idea behind life lessons is these situations are created for a purpose having to do with the growth of our souls, bringing experiences that balance our polarities, expand consciousness and offer more choice how to navigate through the hurdles at hand.
That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t give us much insight into the particular lessons playing out in our affairs, much less how to meet it to create something better.
In my case it involved digging out of the deep, dark hole my spiritual work led me to crawl into, separating myself from the people and life I’d known and creating health issues that derailed efforts to do anything about it.
Yet no matter how much I realized it was leading me down the proverbial rabbit hole, I couldn’t stop. Something kept drawing me inward, even while I struggled to remain connected to the real world through my law practice and mission coaching.
Always both worlds called to me, pulling me in seemingly opposite directions, making it hard to move smoothly forward along either path. At times, it almost drove me nuts.
Recently, though, I’ve started to get a little clearer on what’s going on, and what this conflict offered my soul.
As I looked back over my life, I could see certain issues cropping up time and again. The one that applied here was my difficulty picking which aspect of me to show people. Even within the law, people were asking me to put myself into that box and define myself in a way they could relate to by announcing myself as specializing in a single area, when in fact I had developed expertise across a range of disciplines.
I had to guess which one they wanted to see, and often guessed wrong. Worse, because I saw myself as a multi-faceted man of the New Renaissance, that meant denying parts of me to hold out others.
That problem only got worse as my work on the inner path progressed. Most friends and family never saw me as the spiritual teacher I had become, instead clinging to old views of me lawyering in one way or another.
Yet, I couldn’t leave the old ways behind. They remained part of me as different forms of expression for whatever area needed attention in their lives, and indeed my own.
Lately I’ve begun to see it differently, that my life plan involves developing my blue ray energies, along with the real-world ability to communicate “my truths” with greater focus and clarity. My deep dive into the spiritual path only muddied those waters.
Like the warden in “Cool Hand Luke,” what I had here was a failure to communicate who I am, what I’m about or what I brought to the table in service of others. As a result, any effort to hold out one aspect or another only dragged me farther down the rabbit hole, and created more hurdles to overcome along the way.
I don’t pretend to have solved the problem, much less see a way through the darkness. All I know is it is an issue I’ve faced for a long time now, and probably will continue to.
But it does bring context to what I’ve gone through, and that provides both solace and hope for a better tomorrow.
So what’s this have to do with you and the lessons of your life?
What about your life lessons?
Certainly there are issues you’ve faced throughout your life that keep repeating themselves, bringing back the same old energies so you can try again. But if you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t changed you or your approach. Instead, I’d hazard a guess that you’re still butting heads with that wall in hopes it will break before you do.
Piece together what you’ve learned along the way. What advice have you received? What efforts have you tried, and results attained? Supplement it with what you know about yourself and your own spiritual journey, whether in this life or others. How are you interacting with the world around you? Where are you in conflict? Where are you not?
Then try to see if there’s some pattern that will give you more of a hint. Finally, sit quietly and connect to your core. Allow your inner voice to show you what you’re missing. Feel the flow of where it’s going.
Don’t expect some “aha” moment that will magically change it all. Rather, look for the opportunities it offers, and how those energies might move around the obstacles that stand in your way. They just might not be obstacles at all, but signposts designed to get you to try another way.
While you do, I’ll be working on that wall of my own, exploring new ways to communicate what I’m about that don’t require me to pick some and deny others. For now, just know it takes many forms, all designed to lead you through your obstacles to a life of peace and purpose beyond.
If you need help, I offer a free consultation. Then again, you can keep going it alone. We all want to prove to ourselves that we can, even though deep inside we know we’re locked in our own illusions that no amount of thought or effort can penetrate without something to shift how we see them.
God bless you indeed. Go with love.