Ida Lawrence, Contributor
We do get a bit bruised by life. How could we not? We’re here at a profound time; a time when people are in need of an actual ray of hope. While we can’t offer a solution to another’s life, we can offer our calmness, our encouragement, and whatever information we have that we know to be true.
Most of us are tied to the collapsing world for survival, so the endurance of our spirit gets tested. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I do hear that inner voice asking the question, “How deep is this trust of mine… will it withstand?” We need it to be deep. We need it to be the spring of living water.
Light and endurance, and the process of evolving: that’s what we’re going to talk about today. Remember, you don’t have a holy one talking to you here – you have someone who just walks the road, like you. Someone who goes into experience in order to know: a watcher, an information gatherer, a worker, a weaver of threads. It’s what we do to grow.
Spiritual evolution is seen in the lives of individuals and of the collective as well. People evolve within a lifetime, and peoples evolve within a span of time. We evolve through direct experience, integrating information, and making changes that give us a new level of knowledge. Gurdjeff called it the friction of yes and no. He was teaching that human beings have no soul… a soul must be gained through work on self. It could be true.
In this work we gradually step forth from the group and we transform ourselves into individuals with an inner light – our own spark. Perhaps that’s what Gurdjeff meant by gaining a soul. Although there have been more than a few transformative periods in my life, I’d like to talk about the ones where I’m conscious of a spiritual intent. While in my younger years it felt like circumstances just happened, and I had to grow up through them, nowadays there seems to be intent in everything – no accidents.
Entering evolutionary experiences intentionally can be a bit overturning – like Odin, hanging from the world tree, or the hanged man of the Tarot. The overturned position may be an endurance test, but it is a test we choose. We can escape at any time, but no, we cannot, for there is something vital to be learned. Remember, there is light in the hanged man’s eyes.
Back in the day when I was reading the books of Gurdjeff and his students, I picked up little threads – things that stuck with me. When I would encounter that same information later I would do some weaving… okay, this thread goes with this, and this matches this.
Some of those threads were presented as mathematical laws of the universe. I recall reading about people who were subjected to hundreds of laws, living in a very dense state. Then, as the state of being became lighter through knowledge, the energy would vibrate faster and the number of laws would diminish. Near the top there was the law of octaves, and finally there was only one law.
A cherished teacher along the way gave me this one law: let’s see what you think of it. Speak the truth. He said that truth is the greatest power of the human being.
By truth I mean, “Yes, I’m the one who ate the last piece of your jelly sponge cake.” That kind of truth. From the smallest to the greatest, through the wrongs and the rights, speak the truth. And it goes without saying, self correct, so that truth can become habitual. The law also includes making your word to yourself and others truth. I’ll be there at 10 a.m. means being there; I’ll meditate every day means doing it. I’ve heard it said the truth is the light. Perhaps it can become so within us.
How much power does truth have? Well, there are two major attributes of this falling world: a secret administration, and a web of lies cast over the globe, holding the people in a very dense state and blocking out the light of pure information.
Do you see how this web of lies, this matrix of control, is crumbling simply from the power of truth? There are truth tellers everywhere now! On the radio, on the Internet, pulling covers off this, covers off that, lies exposed! It’s a war… a very great war… and truthful information is the most precious commodity in the universe. It brings the new day.
As we go through the process of transformation, if we go deep enough, we don’t always know how to find ourselves again. There can be a time of stasis where we just have to wait with the question, “Who am I now? How do I serve?” If you pay attention, the answer will be there, either from a person who has insight into you, or from within yourself.
Rest assured, when you get up to move again, you will be who you have always been, only more so: more knowledgeable, more human, more authentic, more humble, and more truthful. The next stage of your service may be to yourself, or to others. In either case, let yourself shine.
We see the collapsing world as made up of secrets and lies, and an emotional wave of fear for survival. If you cannot step out of it physically as yet, you can step out of it spiritually. Tell the truth in all things. Trust in the light within, ignited by speaking truth. Trust in your light’s connection to the light within others, and the source of light – pure information.
Our task now is to do the opposite of the emotional wave: Trust and connect.
About the Author
Ida Lawrence is an author, blogger, copywriter and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has authored two books on racial justice and human rights, and numerous articles on human rights, self-empowerment and related subjects. Ida is also a certified Tai Chi instructor with a special interest in helping seniors and the disabled with Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices modified for their use. Her goal in life has been to find answers to the question of ‘why’ and then to explore the question of ‘what is’. More of her work is available at her personal blog, http://talk2momz.com/.
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