Looking back over some of the twists and turns, ups and downs of my life, I heard a voice saying, "And through it all, I was there with you. You came through it safely." I felt the echo of Julian of Norwich saying that all is well. I heard the old hymn, "all is well with my soul." I felt a new dimension of peace. Through it all, I was not alone. I was not destroyed. I was deepened in my understanding. This and that were stripped away, and there I stood. I stand this day.
This journey is NOT about the outer of life and its dance, its comings and goings, its pains and delights. It is about remembering who we are. It is about touching the Presence. It is about realizing Oneness. And then it is about shining that deep Light of Knowing out into wherever we are. And it is about how we walk this Way on earth. What deeds we do or don't do, the words we say or don't say, show what we know or don't know about the Spiritual Walk, The Way made visible or more obscure.
Sure, there are many, maybe the majority, whose walk does not shine the Light. It can be discouraging if we let what we see others do define what we do and who we are. We really must turn from that and turn to the great Spiritual Understanding, the Perennial Philosophy, the understanding of all of those of whom we know and can call Teacher - Lao Tse, Buddha, Jesus, James the brother of Jesus, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Julian of Norwich, Jacob Boehme, Thomas Kelley, Teilhard de Chardin and many others. There are those who have known some of the Truth. It seems to me that the more we look in their direction, the more pieces of the puzzle we have, and the more we can discern Our Way, The Way we are called to walk.
I suppose it takes some discipline, some establishment of spiritual habits, to join the walk along the Way. A recipe might be: quiet time; study time; reflective time, writing time; listening time; participation time.
Walk consciously upon the face of the earth. Walk with awareness of the sacred. Be the person God had in Mind when we were created. Let That Light Shine.