Enchanting as it may sound to be on a quest of sorts, in one very particular (sometimes frustrating, sometimes lonely, sometimes disorienting) way, calling our spiritual journey a ‘journey’ is radically deceptive.
The thing about a journey is it implies that we are headed toward a particular destination and that getting ‘there’ takes some amount of time.
Probably a long time.
Like the excruciating amount of time it would take to – oh, say – walk barefoot across a barren desert or grow a beard down to your ankles.
Like a lifetime.
I mean, we are seekers. We are headed toward the Light; we are climbing the mountain; we are walking the path; we are traveling through the thick wilderness; the road is dusty and long; the trek is jagged and winding.
And beautiful, hopeful, brave little wanderers that we are, we have much – so damn much – to learn.
But don’t let the idea of a journey deceive you or exhaust you or get you tripped up about the immediacy of Love. Just because our spiritual development is lifelong process does not mean it takes us a lifetime to reach Love.
Love is not a distance or a length of time away.
Love is now.
The tricky (wonderful, wild) thing is that the adventure of a spiritual quest is not marked so much by time as it is by our ability to release ourselves from time altogether.
There is no time that stands between you and the Eternal Peace.
The Peace exists now.
You are the Peace.
The only obstacle between you and the experience of the Peace you already possess is your willingness to fully enter into it. To be aware and accepting of it.
Although it will take a lifetime for the mystery to unfold, the way to Love is not about the time it takes to reach it but the welcome you decide to give it into your presence. This is a journey not of distance but of acceptance and open-mindedness.
It is a call to come back into your Self.
This can take years or no time at all.
One of the most profound concepts described in A Course In Miracles is the ‘quickening’ of time. The Course stresses the idea that we can ‘hasten toward’ our connection with Love by choosing a miracle mindset, or a change of mind, which allows us to acknowledge the presence of Love in the here and now.
The miracle is simply our willingness to choose love over fear. It is the awareness that we can decide to see Love and to welcome it into the present moment at any time.
In reference to the amount of time one would spend in meditation or prayer, for instance:
“Duration is not a major concern. One can easily sit an hour with closed eyes and accomplish nothing. One can easily give [Love] an instant and in that instant join with [it] completely.”
By getting beyond the illusion of time, our spiritual adventure can be thought of in a different way, a more immediate and accessible way. We come to understand the following awesomeness: our spiritual journey is not equal to any measure of our distance from Love.
We are Love now. In this exact moment, we are the Light we seek.
To experience this fully is only a matter of welcome, not of time.
The moment we open our minds and invite the Peace willingly, release our blocks and our resistance to the truth, time falls away. Love is revealed as the only Presence, eternal, infinite, unending.
In our willingness to inhabit the Light of who we truly are, we realize that inside the Universal Peace, time does not exist. What exists in constant can not be bound by measure.
There is only Love and our moment to moment decision to align ourselves within it.
The experience of Love comes not in time but when we get beyond time. When we allow all of the inhibitions, fears and blocks to our infinite essence fall away.
Your spirit is Love now. Your spirit is Love always.
A beard down to your ankles, though?
That’s gonna take some time.
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