Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Staying In One Place Too Long

 Embrace Change And Build...

"Nature will not let us stay in one place too long. She will let us stay just long enough to gather the experience necessary to the unfolding and advancement of the soul."
~Ernest Holmes -Founder of Church of Religious Science  

The Foundation Of Your "Inner Cathedral"  

 Authored by Lynn Ross, this is the first reader contribution here at Sacred Cyber Space.  It is simply wonderful and really spoke to me.  A fantastic recollection and explanation of how to view the expanding ideas we embrace on the spiritual path.  Please learn and enjoy :)

           I look back over my spiritual journey at the many times I have grabbed a lifeline or had it grab me.  “I’ve got it now!” I used to say, when I had come across a new book, a new philosophy, or a new affirmation that seemed to work.  For a short time I would be in such a high vibration that I just knew I had found the pot of gold at the end of the metaphysical rainbow.  I felt as if I had finished building the “cathedral within” only to wonder, a short time later, if I had even gotten a good start on digging the basement!

            All those “lifelines” I had thought were the spire at the top of my “cathedral,” seemed to turn out to be quick fixes for the moment.  I was always disappointed to find that they only worked for a while, and then I was down in the basement again.  This seemed to be especially true if I shared my new theory with others or journaled it too much. 

I reached a point where I wondered about the authors of all the self-help books I was reading.  How did they feel by the time the book had been published and had hit the best-seller list?  Did their philosophy still work for them by then?

            Then came the phase in my journey where I would read an exciting book and be all caught up in the new concept that really seemed to fit, but I didn’t tell anyone about it.  Hemingway was quoted as saying, “If you talk about it, you lose it.”  I was afraid it would burst the fragile bubble of bliss that I was enjoying so much.  I loved those spiritual highs and I wanted to keep the joy a little longer.  Maybe if I kept it a secret, it would continue to work.  Then came the time where I refused myself the spiritual high, because I so dreaded the lows. However, I had not noticed that every time I fell into the basement, it was taking me less time to dig myself out, and that the structure I was trying to build was gradually getting a bit higher with every new concept I explored.

I have finally accepted the fact that my “inner cathedral” is never going to be finished, but with each new enlightenment, I lay another course of stones, and we’re going a little bit higher with every course.  The beauty of my most recent enlightenment is that I have come to the realization that I need not worry about my “bubble” bursting.  God will always blow me another bubble at the right time, when I need it the most, and my “cathedral” walls will continue to grow higher.

It’s okay when a concept seems to stop working, because it hasn’t really stopped working.  It has only been mixed into the mortar that holds together the new course of stones I need to lay.  Then I will need to wait patiently for the raw materials for the next course that I need to lay, which will come in the form of a new book, a seminar, a tape, or from my own journaling.

I’m sure I won’t have to wait long, because all those authors I wondered about are writing new books all the time. Perhaps the concepts that filled their earlier books no longer hold them up and they keep discovering new concepts, and they continue to share them with others. Bless them!  I thank God for them. 

©Lynn Ross 2011. Lynn Ross is a formally trained, non practicing Coptic Fellowship International Facilitator.  She also follows the philosophies of Unity and Spiritualism.  She has been exploring and applying personal and spiritual growth philosophies to her life since the late 1970s.  

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