One of the stops along the path of spiritual growth and enlightenment is what I have come to call “The Spiritual Waiting Room.” Today’s blog explores this place of seeming non-activity.
Jesus leads me down a long hallway
As I sat down this morning to begin my daily spiritual practice, I found that the Divine had chosen to speak to me today through my creative imagination. (You will learn this technique in my upcoming book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, coming out this April!) In my meditation, Jesus appeared before me and took my hand. He then led me down a long, white, institutional looking hallway. The hallway seemed to have doors along one wall, but I could not quite make out the details of the doors, I only had a sense of their presence. Then Jesus led me to what seemed like a step at the end of the hallway. This seemed to be the stoop to the final doorway, because it seemed that there was a blank wall immediately in front of me beyond the step. Then Jesus invited me to sit in the corner where the step met the blank wall. Then he said, “Wait here,” and he left.
The Spiritual Waiting Room
So, here I sit and here I wait. What am I waiting for? At this point in my journey, I have NO IDEA! But here I sit. And, this is exactly how the past several weeks have felt – like I’m sitting in the Spiritual Waiting room waiting. I have a sense of expectancy within me – but I don’t know what I am expecting. I also have a really strange sensation of not being compelled to do anything. And not feeling compelled to do anything is a really strange and foreign sensation for someone like me who is a compulsive doer. But, it seems that in this morning’s meditation, I am being invited to wait and being told that it is ok. I do not need to do anything. I cannot make anything happen. I do not have the power within me to create movement. All I can do is sit and wait.
There are No Magazines in the Spiritual Waiting Room
Sitting in the Spiritual Waiting room may seem like a strange stop along the journey of spiritual growth, but I think it is a necessary stop and one that everyone meets at some point (perhaps many points) on the path to enlightenment. Put simply, there are just times when we have done everything that is within our power to do, we have beaten under every bush, we have planted every seed. Now, all we can do is wait until the universal alignment takes place that will open the doors to what it is we are waiting for. And you know what, the Spiritual Waiting Room is empty! There is nothing there to occupy your time – No books. No Magazines. No sample “illustrated stories of the Bible” book. No Ranger Rick or Highlights magazines. All we can do is sit there and wait. So the invitation when we find ourselves in the Spiritual Waiting Room? TRUST and SURRENDER.
Where have you found yourself in the Spiritual Waiting Room?
How have you been invited to simply be?
Where are you being invited to WAIT TRUST SURRENDER?
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