Unsorted emotional detritus can clog the soul When you feel exhausted and inwardly tired, then you can bet access to that deepest part of you has been compromised. After all, you are not physically tired; you probably have done nothing more strenuous than running for the bus. So why do you have this sense of 102
fatigue? Those times that are most exhausting are when we are full of unprocessed emotional events. They clog our soul or subconscious, and we become exhausted by the world’s emotional rigidity and patterns. If we have lost touch with our center, then emotional events will absorb every bit of energy we invest in them. This can be a killer, and I am not speaking figuratively.
The problem is you can’t push a river upstream or push a rope up a chimney. We can pour our energy into a situation, but we cannot make others do what we think they should or respond how we expect them to. When this happens to me I have to say, “Stop! You are being an idiot.”
Learning to use the energy of what’s happening instead of opposing it
The logjam will sort itself out if you withdraw your energy from it. Others are doing their best, and they need time and opportunity to catch up. The first thing to do is to create space between you and what oppresses you in your subconscious. Make space for God to work.
Make space for others to work. Allow silence to grow, so you can hear the voice of inspiration, and be still so you can watch God doing his God thing in the situation. Be ye curious instead of impatient.
Emotional patterns of others
There will be times, though, when you are spiritually exhausted. This is the result of not one or two things that have gone wrong, but of interacting constantly with the emotional patterns of those about you.
Indulging oneself may be nice for the short run, but what is necessary is to live most of your time in your unconscious or spirit’s domain. Returning to that deeper part of you, and nurturing it with music, studies, and art is critical. Poems are the footprints left by those before you, who were also devastated and bent out of shape enough to protest the whole thing in verse.
Scripture is similarly the work of those who struggled as you do and were ultimately not defeated, and their words are those you now read today. Worship, awe, and wonder are vital exercises to expand this part of you as your true domicile. This is the place you have to learn to call home.
Wisdom is not a trophy, but a view of how everything relates
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