#12: PEACE AT WHAT PRICE?
So, all that sounds stressful
Yes, it is easier if you are an alpha personality type and pay little attention to the mess you leave behind.
As more of an introvert, you are stuck with being concerned about results of your actions. That sense of responsibility is a fine thing, but caring comes at a price.
All I have described will likely come at a cost to you.
Balance of the interior and exterior
As you grow spiritually, so the emotional part of you (your soul) is strengthened. The indwelling Christ, the one that above all demonstrated selflessness, brings a liveliness to the convoluted feelings you will have as you navigate through your relationships and responsibilities.
The fulcrum on which everything is balanced and turns
The sense of the Divine believing in you—i.e. God inviting you into being, and for you to be totally known and have nothing to hide—creates, time after time, an experience of stillness. This is where you are from.
Everything you are originates as an idea of the Divine.
You are beloved of God: this means you have nothing to prove, nothing to justify or excuse. The present, whatever this moment, is when the wave of creation is breaking.
Peace comes through being connected
Your cell phone will not work for long if you don’t plug it in. The problem is you can’t manufacture this sense of belonging. It takes a constant effort to be connected.
The flower exercise is a good way to be still and filled.
As you get busier with the world’s demands, to remain centered must be your priority. Symbols, rites, and sacraments are very useful. Think of a candle being lit, hands held round a dinner table, or giving special meaning to something that centers you: each of these is a rite or sacrament. They are your own ways in which you can remain connected when the world would demand everything of you. Each symbol or rite creates a pathway, something loaded with meaning, which you can touch and forge again that connection with the 101
central spiritual being that is you. Pursuit of music, art, poetry, and the study of knowledge of all kinds will give you a familiarity with your spiritual self. Imagination and inspiration will be fired again, and you will be renewed.
Learning how we are put together
This is how the human organism works. All of us have to learn how we are put together, as well as our limitations. My description of these three layers, the conscious, subconscious, and the unconscious, has to be simplistic to be useful. Every one of us also has an incalculable assortment of history, genetics, and culture that can determine our reactions or even our mental health and physical well being. You, though, are where the rubber hits the road. You alone are responsible for your life and to no one but yourself. You are invited to help determine tomorrow, but only as you find your place among the millions of others who find themselves in the same boat.
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