Each one of us awakens
and grows into our spiritual nature
at our own rate.
For some, it will take many seasons
to realize our highest potential
and come into our fullness.
This is a journey that cannot be rushed, judged or compared.
Allow yourself to unfold and mature as Spirit intended.
Put your lamentations and worries aside.
Trust in the well-timed beauty of your own growth.*
I love the idea of allowing our spiritual journey to be guided by Spirit. I know, however, that there is more to the process than this. More to the journey of returning to wholeness than sitting back and letting our life simply happen. We must play our part.
As co-creative beings, I believe that we shape our lives with the help of a Divine Hand. We have been given free will, vast intelligence, and boundless interior wisdom. It is our dharma (duty) to harness our will and guide it in the right direction, for the greater good.
Simply put, we have a choice—many choices, in fact, throughout the day. Small ones. Significant ones. But each choice, heartfully made, takes us toward the next highest version of ourself ... or not.
I was reminded of this the other day as I was cleaning out an office closet. There, in a disheveled pile, were all of the columns I'd written for a certain women's magazine; one column each month for fifteen years. That's 180 columns. As I sat on the floor to look through them, something stirred in me: the awareness that every single one contained some rhetoric about the power of choice.
Often, "you have the power to choose," appeared in the very last paragraph, in summation of the topic. It didn't matter which topic it was: forgiveness, healthy eating, parenting ... Every single one of the articles contained this sentiment: we choose, and with the choices we make, we shape our life. So choose wisely!
I sense we forget about the potency and power of choice. Oftentimes, we feel too buffeted by the winds of life. Or that we have very little control over what is happening to us. In truth (and this is one of those difficult spiritual truths to embrace), sometimes there is nothing we can do to turn the tide of our life and we must simply go with the flow. We must stop resisting what is, let go, and surrender. And, yet, at other times, there is much that we can do. We have more control than we think to act as prime mover and guide our days in the direction of our highest good.
This is the dance we do as divinely-sourced human beings. We lead, we follow. We guide, we let go.
We persevere, we surrender. The challenge is knowing what to do when.
In 2014, how will you dance? How will you invite the Divine One into your life to be your partner?
What will you co-create together?
I've set aside an evening in early January for us to explore this and take the first steps together.
On Tuesday, January 7, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET, I will host a free teleconference to guide you in the process of setting Spiritual Goals for yourself for the new year. "Jumpstart Your Spiritual Life in 2014" is a coming together of men and women who are ready to live in the most awake and aware way possible—with sleeves rolled up and Spirit showing the way—life as a co-creative venture. I hope you will join me!
Here are the details, the Syllabus, and how to register.
(If you can't attend this event "live," register anyway. You'll receive the worksheets and an mp3 of me guiding you through the process.)
May 2014 be your best year yet. May you be safe, happy, loving and free—as you are meant to be.
© 2013, photos and text by Janice Lynne Lundy. All Rights Reserved.
* Excerpted from my book, Awakening the Spirit Within
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.