Admittedly, the vast majority of our life is unavoidably spent focusing inwardly, as we plan, perform, procrastinate and hopefully, pray. Reflection, however, can be an amazingly powerful and insightful activity to spur personal growth, if revisited on a frequent and regular basis; and if conducted in an authentic and candid fashion. It provides that “out of body” experience which enables us to see ourselves in the 3rd person, from the outside looking in.
“Just as you utilize and reference a map during a long trip; first, to plan your way and then, to monitor your travels toward your destination of choice, the “art” of reflection can serve as a life echo, if you will, a sounding board, which will, when attended, reveal much about who you are at this instant, as well as who you were yesterday, last year, as a child… and most importantly, who you are becoming and will be tomorrow, next year and ultimately, when your horizon meets the sky.”
To be sure, reflection has the potential to be painful, yet equally, it can be breathtaking, refreshing, satisfying and revealing; if we have the courage to send out that call and then, wait for the echoes of our life to speak to us and reveal who we truly are; at the spiritual level.
Reflection is a pervasive thing in our world. We keep track of the score in sports, our bank account, the gas in our vehicles, the clothes in our closets, the color of our hair. We are obsessed with constantly working to improve our (physical/mortal) self, while primarily paying lip service to our spiritual life and soul. Even more ironic, is the realization that our soul is eternal, whereas our human lives are temporary. One would think our priorities should be reversed, yes?
And this is precisely where reflection can aid us in correctly setting those priorities. Just keep in mind, it won’t always be pleasant because we are imperfect beings. However, we are immortal souls and reality founded in faith is the medicine we need to survive post-death. Yes, forever is a long, long, long time. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin stated it best, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”.
Take the time to plan for reflection in your life. It may seem unnecessary, perhaps even a bit dry, however, if it is, then so is your life. The benefits far outweigh the time spent. Your spiritual self will thank you; anxiety, worry and stress will flee your mind like leaves blowing in a strong fall wind. You will love yourself more, respect others more, know yourself better. Great medicine, if we will only be brave enough to take it.
Remember, Without Winter, there can be no Spring. Be well.
There is nothing like the post-season in the NFL (National Football League) to get the adrenalin pumping in your veins in anticipation of the Super Bowl; well, almost nothing. In truth, as critical as many football FAN-atics believe the game is (and I emphasize GAME), it pales in comparison to the noble pursuit of answering the question of our lifetime, “Why are we here?”
I address this specific question in my book, “Not in Vein – Miracle within my Soul”:
“Many of us live a majority of our lives without regularly taking or making time to authentically contemplate our being and self. Consequently, we have a somewhat limited and less than ideal knowledge and perception of who we are as human beings, not to mention why we are.
Then, consider the scenario of whether or not we have come to a conclusion and acceptance of where we are going after we leave this life. Collectively, many if not most people have starved their spiritual being, resulting in a reduced awareness and sense of self, spirit, soul, potential, purpose and future.
This starvation has become an epidemic in our world and society to the point that our mortal lives here on earth have grossly overshadowed our spiritual lives and the gift of consciousness we all possess; a gift that has gone grossly unnoticed, under-appreciated and overlooked as the true miracle that it is.”
Somewhere, along the plane of existence in our collective timeline, we have lost sight and comprehension of the larger (and more important) purpose of our physical life, moreover, where it stands in relation to the subject of each of our eternal lives.
The best articulated description of the Human “condition” I’ve ever seen or heard is from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher and Jesuit Priest, who chronicled his thoughts in this manner:
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
The concept underlying these optical illusion pictures is that our minds formulate the picture we see based on our past experiences, what we have been taught and our core belief system we have individually and uniquely adopted. We have been, in effect, programmed to perceive our world in specific ways.
Likewise, we have limited our awareness and comprehension of constructs and issues that dwell outside the norm of our physical lives.
With regard to faith, God and religion, our thoughts, ergo, our lives and existence, are largely bound by our physical limitations of the earthly knowledge each of us possesses.
To this point, I contend that the REAL Life each of us has, in terms of eternity, first begins or will resume, AFTER we physically die. Kind of throws a BIG wrench into the fan, yes? This physical life we experience undoubtedly has purpose and meaning, however, it is but a miniscule part of the whole as opposed to a random and mutually exclusive event in the universe.
We are too special a creation to not have and deserve a prominent place in eternity; and that place is with God and those we love.
Taken in that Light, it is infinitely more comprehensible to accept the reality of higher consciousness and its eternal nature. It works for me, today and forever. Be well.
- What does it mean to be human? (wisewoman2012.wordpress.com)
- Our ancestors were highly evolved spiritual beings (sicangulakota.net)
- Understanding Through Spirit (brendamarroyauthor.com)
- A Sensory Encounter with my Book (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Being Who God Created You to Be: You Were Made to Last Forever (organizationalchangesolutions.wordpress.com)