The path of our highest good is found in spiritual obedience……but, obedience here is not “Do it because I (or any other outside authority) told you….but because it is what God has revealed as what is best for you IN THIS MOMENT.
Son, though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.
Defining Spiritual Obedience
My definition of spiritual obedience is : uncompromisingly allowing the voice of truth within to guide our journeys. In Jungian psychology, this voice would be called Self, the Enneagram calls this voice Essence, from a religious perspective, this voice would be called God/dess. Jesus called this voice Abwoon, because he experienced this Presence in the form of a compassionate, loving parent. This was the voice to whom Jesus turned for direction, guidance, comfort, insight, wisdom and understanding and this morning’s reading from Hebrews invites us to do the same.
Being Open to the Source of Truth Within
In order to access the voice of truth within for guidance, direction and understanding, we have to
1) Take the time to listen
2) Be open to hearing
From the perspective of energy medicine, this listening and hearing are a function of the throat chakra – the energy center located in the center of our throat which reflects our ability to listen, hear, and act on the truth that is in our highest good.
The Consequences of Denying or Resisting this Truth
When we do not take the time to listen, are resistant to or closed to the deeper truths within or refuse to act on these truths, it is then that we suffer. Not as some sort of Divine punishment, but as a natural consequence of denying our truth. We have all experienced this kind of suffering. We ignore our intuition and something unfortunate happens. We fail to establish healthy boundaries with others where we know boundaries are needed and we pay the price. We deny our gifts or ignore the truth that is nagging us within and we experience anxiety, depression, panic, despair, physical pain.
The Gift in the Suffering
The suffering, however, is not in vain, if we allow ourselves to learn from this suffering. The suffering, as the reading from Hebrews indicates, allows us to see where we have strayed from the path of our highest good and the suffering can then become a tool to help guide us back along the path of listening, hearing, believing and acting on our truth. The suffering also allows us to hone our discernment skills. Discernment is the process through which we distinguish the voice of God/Self/Essence/Truth from the voice of the EGO/False Self. Through the suffering we can begin to recognize the physical, emotional and mental signs that we might be moving along the path of the ego instead of the path of God. Because we have free will, we can choose either path, but one leads us to serenity, service, value, inspiration, wisdom, enthusiasm, strength and peace; the other leads us to more suffering. Sometimes we are slow learners, but if we pay attention, eventually we will learn. And then like Jesus, we will realize our innate perfection and will know the peace of salvation – here and now as we embrace the truth that God knows is in our highest good.
And when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation.
Hebrews 1: 10b
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