Grist for the Mill

Many people wait until a crisis before they are willing to question their way of being in the world. However, as spiritual students, we have constant work in the moment-by-moment content of daily human life. We consistently practice the principles of healing and consciousness evolution. In many cases, this will prevent acute problems and crises from occurring. When they do occur, the healing process is already very familiar and so the stage of suffering is greatly reduced and, sometimes, completely eliminated. We can, thus, use all experiences of pain as grist for the mill of our spiritual development.

Upsetting experiences tend to connect us with the underlying energy field which lies beneath human conscious awareness. Some of its accumulated pressure is released to our conscious awareness. When we become distressed, we enter the lower energy fields of fear, anger, guilt, pride, apathy, grief, shame, and hatred. As we become connected to one of these negative fields, the others tend to join force. We often start to remember a whole series of buried, corresponding experiences and memories. They have been triggered in our mind and will bring up the corresponding emotions. All are opportunities that are asking to be healed. As someone once said to me, “When the negative emotions start pouring out, it feels as if I have to heal the whole world from its very beginning.”

 This is the place where the real spiritual work is happening. Reading, studying, and thinking are merely preparation for the real work of authentic, deep, internal transformation. Without the latter, we are just playing around; amusing our egotistic, mental selfhood. Real spiritual work can be tough and, at some places, very tough but it is worth it for what it brings. After a while, the new light brings such a fresh easiness that one forgets the toughness. Sometimes, one can feel as if it has always been a bright, breezy, and beautiful walk in the park even if at one place it was a very dark wood.

This article is from Love’s Longing

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