I am sharing this post by Zen Gardner because it mirrors so much of my walk these past few weeks. The world seems awash with people struggling. Beyond the wars and epic tragedies of crime, politics and just our social defragmentation are the excruciating personal journeys as people everywhere are wondering what life is really about and what they are doing here. It is damn painful to start to look at oneself and realize that you are completely responsible for you.
My heart goes out to those who are caught in this process for two reasons. The first being that I understand the pain and the second being that ultimately it is the loneliest journey in the world. While we might understand, we cannot walk that journey for them. We can’t even walk with them. All we can do is to be loving, encouraging, and nurturing. We can be gentle. We can be kind.
And we can keep our heads down, focused on our own journey, knowing that the call is there for everyone and while some will never hear that call, let alone answer it . . . some will. Some are.
The Rough Road of Honest Discovery by Zen Gardner
Anyone who thinks waking up is simply a spontaneous event or some kind of cake walk hasn’t woken up yet. It takes a lot to arrive at the door of discovery as well as courage to open the door. In fact, all of the doors, as life is a series of decisions on where to travel and what to do when faced with the myriad of options presented before us.
Ask anyone who’s in any sort of awakened state and despite their present calm brought on by strong conviction for truth, I dare say they’ve been through the mill in their life to get to where they are today.
It may seem like peaches and cream to an outsider looking in at some of the more ethereal spiritual conclusions many arrive at in the course their travels through life, but I guarantee you there was a lot of suffering, confusion, physical, spiritual and/or mental abuse and times of darkness and despair along the way. It’s part of the process. You don’t just walk out of the matrix when you’ve been programmed and enslaved to it your whole life, nor quickly shed your old warped belief systems like overalls as you step into some kind of sanitized room filled with baby lambs and laughing children.
There’s a price to pay. It’s all part of the process. And so very well worth it, and more. (read more here)