Those are all spiritual practices, listed in my own personal order of preference. When I take the time (make the time) to do those on a consistent and persistent basis, I feel happy and content.
When I don’t, I don’t. It’s that simple.
I must not be doing enough spiritual practices lately, because lately I’ve found myself wondering why on earth so many people absolutely refuse to do these simple things that work. Lately I’ve seen death, despair, judgement, criticism, blame, anger and worry, and no small amount of fear, in the lives of the people who have asked me to help them, and in the lives of others who aren’t clients, but are people for whom I care about. I’ve seen absolute refusal to do any of the inner work that would allow a ray of sunshine to beam into the darkness, dissipating that darkness like a light illuminates a dark room. I’ve seen absolute insistence on destructive behavior, fixation on outside fixes, immersion in the latest pseudo-scientific fad “guaranteed” to make one feel better. I don’t think I will ever know why people insist on doing things that don’t work, and on not doing things that do work. It makes me sad. So I breathe, I meditate, I study and journal, and I feel better. And I feel better able to help those around me, because for some reason I have been called to do so, and sometimes it still boggles my mind that I have received this calling. And I continue to suggest the spiritual practices and inner work necessary to allow people to be happy and content. Some listen and heed the advice, some don’t. The ones that don’t experience serious disruptions to their lives, sometimes even death, and when that happens I grieve. I grieve for all the loss, the waste, the void of a life when it didn’t have to be that way.
And I go to do my own grieving in private, and do my spiritual practices, and get in touch with that Isness that is All, that Essence of Peace and Power and Beauty, and I once again feel at peace, and then I return to the land of the living, refreshed and energized, to try and fulfill my calling once again.
So today I will be spending more time than usual in spiritual practice, and add gratitude to the list with which I began today’s blog, because I have a quiet place to go to commune with my higher self, and because I have the time in which to do it. And while I am there I will also do some treatments for those whom I know are feeling pain right now. As well as for myself. In fact, I think I will close this blog post with a treatment:
I know. I simply know without doubt that there is only One. One Power, One Presence, One All, One most magnificent Energy, Light, Beingness. One All that is the perfect embodiment of Love. And I also know without doubt that this Love Essence is everywhere present. In fact, I know that myself and every other human and every other thing, the Earth itself as well as the galaxies, were created so that this All could experience the physical in all it’s wonder and glory. I was created so that God could experience the physical, pure and simple. God is in me, through me, as me. I am the perfect embodiment of God. And it is in this embodiment that I know that Power and feel that Power and experience that Power and use that Power and say with complete conviction and knowingness that I am at peace. I am happy and I am joyfully fulfilling my calling as a teacher and spiritual leader. I feel compassion and empathy while at the same time knowing the Truth for those with whom I come into contact. That Truth is that they are now at complete peace. They are experiencing all the good that there is to experience. They are open to the good that is but theirs to claim, and they have claimed it. They are happy, contented, and joyous as they go about their day to day activities. They now know beauty. They now feel peace, joy, happiness, contentment, and are experiencing a lightness to their steps, a smile on their faces, and an enthusiasm in their lives. It is with the Power that I am that I claim this for them, and for you reading this, and it is with that Power that I release this word, back into the ALL POWER THAT IS, where the work is already done. And so it is with gratitude that I close this treatment with those wonderful words of completion: AND SO IT IS!