As we move through the pathways of life, if we pay careful attention, we’ll notice there are guideposts or signals along the way that let us know that we are making progress. At various key intersections, there are tests or barriers to entry to the next arena of experience. At these intersections there is some kind challenge or trigger and our response or reaction to this challenge/trigger will determine if we’re ready to move forward. These “hot” areas contain both “trigger points” that typically provoke us and “choice points” which offer us opportunities to either do what we’ve always done or try something new. Sometimes we only encounter a trigger point; other times, a choice point. Sometimes we encounter both (these areas have the highest stakes and therefore the biggest rewards, if we pass through them showing that we have learned a particularly challenging lesson or series of lessons).
One such test would be when one gets an intuition to do something out of the ordinary, outside of one’s comfort zone and instead of listening, one said no. There would be immediate challenges and suffering to follow because this was a major milestone missed on our path. However, if one were to say yes, following that would be a feeling of lightness and elation, as if the struggling and effort had suddenly been removed from one’s path. So it’s as though one is on a scavenger hunt and is given clues along the way. One ignored, forgotten or misinterpreted clue and the whole hunt is thrown off. Of course, one can always recover and get back on track, but then valuable time has been lost as well as some momentum. With this said, there is no wrong way to travel the path of one’s life, however there are choice points when heeded that can make the journey much less painful and exhausting. The alternative route with all of its missteps might be called the scenic route and while lengthier and more challenging, there are many riches of experience that can be gained this way.
The more direct route has its gifts in that there is a feeling of momentum and flow, which has a certain element of joyfulness and rightness of being that is not as easily felt on the scenic route. Being tuned in also comes with a feeling of never really being alone on the journey. There is a connectedness that accompanies listening and following strong intuitive clues. One feels part of a larger plan that is unfolding and one’s individual plans are merely a sub-set of that, which graciously removes the heavy weight of responsibility from it.
Character building is a door opener on life’s path. Learning patience, poise, respect, gentleness, compassion, generosity, humility, acceptance, trust and faith all allow one to travel life’s path more smoothly. Negativity throws monkey wrenches into the works, jamming the system for extended periods of time, reaping negative reactions and blocking the way to real freedom and joy.
This explains why the spiritual path isn’t quick, why it is excruciating, why it requires training of the mind and daily meditation and prayer. It also requires a healthy body (temple) and a clean heart (no drama) and a good relationship with the material side of things. This all takes time and work. It is not for faint of heart nor is it for everyone. Most people want it easy via books, classes and gurus. But that’s not how it works.
Love heals all and the sooner one seats oneself in a place of love and service, the sooner one is able to connect with the bigger vision of one’s life. This means saying yes to what is and what is to come. This means following the inner direction to the letter. This means no excuses or defenses or rationalizations about anything. Love provides destiny’s wings and allows the dreamer to soar into the heavens above conflict and drama and struggle. Instead, we can fly unhindered into the unlimited sky and do our part to carry forth whatever part of the mission we’ve been given.