Sunday, August 28, 2016

Escaping the Silent Death

Oh, ye of so little faith,
don't doubt it, don't doubt it.
Victory is in my veins,
I know it, I know it,
and I will not negotiate.
I'll fight it, I'll fight it;
I will transform
. (Katy Perry, Rise)

Did you ever notice that strain and effort alone don't break our back? Similarly, setbacks and disappointments don't have to become cancerous. No, the silent death comes when we give up on our ideals. Everyone who walks the earth wants something, and everyone runs after something that they consider meaningful. Even we spiritual travelers "run after GOD" as if something like that was possible.

Trying to get what we want doesn't have to be the problem; the silent death is encroaching when we forget about our mission. Have you ever seen someone with a broken spirit? You can literally see it in their expression-less eyes. Sometimes they are junkies, but more often they are in fact quite "successful"; others may even perceive them at the top of their game. Yet spiritual traveler will recognize them as broken, or at risk of breaking away from their soul-connection. 

I love the wisdom behind the serenity prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Not all problems of the world are ours to worry about, but once we recognize our mission, we are bound to put our heart and soul into it. And yes, there is a little of back and forth trying to figure out what is our true mission is, and that's where the Serenity Prayer comes in. Eventually we get the hang of it, for life speaks clearly to us when we search for meaning.

Spiritual travelers don't have to fear the silent death for our process is the opposite. We awake to life and get in touch with our SELF. If you think that you will always be on the winning side because you are a spiritual traveler you could get disappointed. But the promise of the SOURCE is that meaning and wisdom is always ours to capture as long as we keep the faith. You can recognize your fellow travelers by the sparkle in their eyes, and you too will fall in love with the experience life has to offer every step of the WAY.

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