This picture I borrowed from somewhere on this world wide web. Its called Going to the Light. I suppose if we listen to folks who have had near death experiences that is what they speak of “going to the light”
Should we not take that as a small hint that we need to “go to the light” each day. The Light ( capital “L”) is another of the many words we use for God. When we know how powerless we really are, how much faith we need to have, we can truly let go and let be. Not easy but possible.
I had a friend in early recovery that had been so abused as a small child, that she could not believe there was a God. She heard someone say they couldn’t believe in God but they could believe in good. And she said I knew there was good in the world. She had foster parents that treated her with dignity and respect and she knew they were good people and she said that when she came into recovery she met folks who were good. And so she said she started to believe in Good. As her belief grew she was able to identify that the good she saw in people was the Divine in them, and that God spoke to her through the Good she saw in others.
And so we need to pay attention to who God puts in front of us. Who are our teachers and who are we teaching. More important, what are we learning and what are we teaching.
For those folks who must have ” all” the anwers and “all” the control (or think they do) I say – leave room for the Great Mystery………….do we really want all the answers? I think not. Life would not be worth getting up in the morning if we knew it all.
We need to remember we are all teachers and we are all students. As the Course in Miracles says:
“This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary” it goes on to say “free will does not mean that your can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.”
So what it is saying is that we can go through life picking and choosing what we will learn, however the lessons will keep coming; and if we choose not to learn the lesson, it will come back again, at some point in our life. And so we are given many opportunities to learn that same lesson, perhaps it comes in a different form, but it is the same lesson.
And I believe what we learn we must pass on, and that we teach what we most need to learn!
I think also that spirituality is my realtionship with God and with you. It is how I live my life.
In the 3rd step of the 12 Step Programs “we turn our will and our life over to the care of God”
My “will” is my thinking and my “life” is my actions.
And I fall short…………….because I am human. I must strive to find the Divine in me; continue to “go to the “Light” each day. Talk to God as I would talk to a loving teacher, friend, parent. Ask for help each day and know that it is given.
And in my humaness I need to stop being so “unloving” and hard on myself. Another name for God is “Love” and so I need to know that if I am not living in Love than I am living in fear.
And as the “course” says fear is really a cry for Love.
And I fall short…………