What’s troubling you, my beautiful friend?
Feeling a little punchy, right? A little bit restless? Kinda like you should be someplace . . . else. Doing something . . . else. Working on anything . . . else.
Worried that you should be a little bit farther along, maybe? Because here – wherever here is – is just not cutting it. Here seems like it’s not enough.
Not enough by a long shot.
Yeah, I totally get that. I often feel that way myself. Despite my otherwise pulled-together, elegant exterior (no really, I swear) in the privacy of my own mind I can be fairly damn pushy.
The good news, though, is that you needn’t feel this wretched friction. And I needn’t feel this wretched friction either. In eight simple words, we can release ourselves from all of this murkiness and get about our days (lives) with peace and confidence.
Me, too. :)
Here we go:
You are exactly where you need to be.
What you are experiencing at this moment is not wrong and it is no accident. The troubles that you find yourself mired in, the pleasures you seek, the feelings and desires and worries – they are all part of where you find yourself for a reason spiritually crafted to guide you to your highest expression.
*pauses for collective sigh of relief*
It’s true. Without changing anything except your mind about where you are right now, peace is served. But this can be hard to see when we feel like we’ve hit a spiritual wall. It’s tough to believe all is as it’s supposed to cosmically be when we are confused or facing a major life challenge.
There are times when I feel so mixed up and turned around that it takes me quite a while to come back to believing this truth, that I am exactly where I need to be.
We think if we are following the steps and the rules and the mantras and the rituals all will always be fine. Pure bliss.
But this journey is not about the perfecting of a practice, it’s about getting closer and closer to the center of who you are. That’s why a spiritual journey is so personal. At its essence, it’s about uncovering yourself.
Uncovering your true nature means getting ever more adept at trusting yourself.
That’s pretty special. So incredibly special that it takes time, patience and trust.
It tends to sound all massive and mighty to say you are listening for the Voice of God, right. Like some huge, detached mysterious force of something that we can’t actually relate to and who knows us inside and out but we can’t possibly understand ‘Him’ – the whole gig can feel scary and imbalanced.
But that’s not what we are after here. In this place, along our little messy way, we are really after a deeper relationship with our inner guide, our inner voice. The voice of our intuition. The one that will guide us – in ways we will recognize and understand on a level we are not used to operating on – to the people, places, and situations designed to help us.
In an absolutely fantastic book titled Be Here Now written in 1971 by the wise and tremendously groovy old soul now known as Ram Dass, we are reminded that this whole trip is not a search without, but a search deep within.
It’s about journeying into the magnificence of who you already are but have long since forgotten.
You are the Guru.
You are the Universe.
“Where there is faith there is the presence of the guru
He is it all
He is all your impurities
he is all your corruption
There he is smiling at you through them saying
Total compassion means
You are the Universe
You are all form
You are the breath
You are the river
You are the void
You are the desire
to be enlightened
You are Enlightened”
– Baba Ram Dass, Be Here Now
Everything we seek lies already within which is why wherever we are is where we belong. The outside situation doesn’t matter. We are merely creating the outside by choosing our thoughts within.
Digging into your spiritual self is not about blindly following, or politely posturing or forcing yourself to believe things that you don’t. It’s not about running or hiding out or covering up or turning away.
Aligning with your spirit is about resonance. It’s about awakening to your own vibration. It’s about learning to trust in your deepest self and tuning in to what that little voice is saying, with words, with signs, with silence, with nudges and hunches and ideas that repeat and repeat and repeat themselves.
In every way, it’s a remembering of the wisdom we possess right here as love beings, as light beings, as miracle workers.
You can’t rip the skin off the snake. Spiritual growth doesn’t happen like that.
It will shed it in it’s own time, taking just exactly the time it needs to grow and transform by natural, sacred design.
It’s the same with our spiritual journeys to the center of ourselves. We are shedding our own itchy layers of doubt, confusion, anger, pain and attachment one day, one moment, one breath at a time.
Break the illusion that this journey should be a certain way and let it become what it is.
Relax, angel. Breathe, listen, trust. Wherever you are, whatever is happening, you are being guided.
You are the Guide. You are the Voice. You are the Answer.
You are exactly where you need to be.
~ ~ ~
P.S. I promise you: Be Here Now is wild and magical and beautiful. Indulge your inner hippie. Read the book. (And if you aren’t quite sure you are up for the book, you can immediately check out Ram Dass’ blog page here. Worth following for his incredible wisdom and charming wit. :)
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