Our spirit endures. That’s what we hear most often. But what does it endure? This world of contrast and experiences that, while not welcome in the moment, make us grow, make us stronger. Of course we endure more than we have to; perhaps it’s time to find the yellow brick road.
When I heard about the law of attraction many years ago (if I feel good, I attract more good things into my experience) I started to think about it as the yellow brick road; following your good feelings to the life you have always wanted.
So what does the human spirit have to do with that? Bear with me.
It strikes me as strange that, on one hand, the phrase human spirit is palatable to the masses, and yet, in a different form, spirituality, it becomes less so; perhaps sounding a bit too new age or even religious.
I get it. I was one of those who had an allergic reaction every time I’d hear something like that. Perhaps the reason we are so sensitive to even discussing it, is because we don’t wish to have another’s view forced upon us of the ultimate truth of who we are and neither should we. It should be a process of exploration, should you wish to undertake it.
I overheard the start of a programme recently where Morgan Freeman was exploring beliefs and presenting a wide range of experiences that people had to share, including those with near death experiences. He said, “while none of us can truly know (about the meaning of life)…” This immediately struck me as a false statement, it’s like saying you can never know whether you are truly in love.
When you know, you know. I also have a strong suspicion Morgan Freeman knows, it’s just that it’s become very un-PC to claim it, and there is a tendency for it to shut down the conversation.
Can you remember when you fell in love? Can you remember when you felt the adoration of someone who reciprocated that love? I can. At that point, you know beyond a shadow of a doubt what falling in love is, though you may fear it won’t last.
It was just logical to me that there’s a bigger context for life. When I consider the trillions of cells that represent our bodies, the magnificence of nature and creation of new life, and the awesome size and precision of the cosmos, it made more sense to me that there’s more to life than I am consciously aware of.
When, like me, you’ve gone through a process of unraveling who you truly are (the person you were born as, with talents, traits, a purpose even – the person before all the layers of well meaning nurture got added), part of that journey includes pondering those bigger questions, which one could consider spiritual if you find answers other than “nothing”.
And that is healthy. To have a context for your life is helpful; it puts day to day issues in perspective.
When I was watching a DVD one day, many years ago now, I heard a guy called Michael Beckwith say “we are all part of one energy, we come into form and out of form” it just resonated, the bells pealed loudly, ringing true. It also tied in well with the law of attraction, it just made sense to me.
Since then we have ‘scientifically’ uncovered the truth of us all being energy, every cell, every thought, every action, all of it is a form of energy. You can’t see it, touch it or smell it, you can however feel it – good vibes, bad vibes; energy vibrates. We are ‘in tune’ with ourselves when we vibrate on the feel good frequency.
And that is how I follow my own yellow brick road, just remaining open to things that resonate and feel right.
So back to the human spirit. It struck me that if we are all an extension of some source energy, and if our feeling good is the key to finding our yellow brick road (our dreams, the things we want in life), then the feelings attached to falling in love are the same feelings you have when you are feeling directly connected to your source energy, that’s why we crave it so much.
Except there’s no fear it won’t last, just that you lose the connection.
So if you make it your mission to feel as good as you can in every situation, you will have to become aware of those things making you feel bad and figure out how to dissipate the feelings. If you have ever done any kind of guided meditation you will know that, at the heart of every emotion is peace, a quiet centre of stillness. As you take any issue in your life, when you peel through the layers and deal with the emotions, you eventually arrive at stillness.
When you do, you can see past the issues, your mind again becomes open. I don’t recommend trying this in the middle of an argument with your nearest and dearest though, practice when you are in a better place. Get to know the feeling of it. As you get familiar with how that frequency feels, you find it much easier to dial in when things would otherwise take a u-turn into some negative vortex.
I realise where I have come to in this contemplation is that we come from some sort of an energy source and that source only transmits wellbeing. That in itself is something half the world would struggle with in fear of hell and damnation.
However, what I have come to know is fear is a human condition, not one of our source. If you can make it your business to feel good, to allow yourself to be loved and to love, you will live a life where great things happen.
But hey, it is this life of contrast we are talking about, and we are always growing and expanding as is our nature, so don’t expect is all to be bluebells and butterflies. All I’m saying is just don’t dwell in the quagmire, the human spirit doesn’t have to endure quite so much as we’ve come to, reach for the good feelings and good things will continue to happen.
You never know, maybe one day soon we will all get past the sensitivity of discussing these things as people reconnect with their own sense of knowing and confidence, and allow others to believe whatever resonates with them.
Feeling connected to something bigger is more potent than the feeling of falling in love, or being the subject of another’s wanted adoration, because it’s unconditional, it just is. When you have felt that, and the only way to feel it is to get in tune with yourself, the human spirit, you will know that following the yellow brick road is the most important thing you can do.
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