In our quest to be rational, independent, self-sufficient human beings, there is one thing we continue to forget:
WE ARE NOT ALONE!
We are not alone. And, we cannot do it alone. When we believe otherwise, we are suffering from the compulsion of pride. Forgetting the central truth of the human experience – we allow ourselves to suffer alone. Most specifically, we forget that we have a Divine Parent we can turn to for help; and for those of us who call Jesus our teacher and our guide, we can always turn to Christ; and if we are of a Catholic disposition, Mother Mary and the Saints provide additional support.
We are not alone. And yet we continually struggle in remembering this truth. We think we can do it ourselves. We believe we have to do it ourselves….and our culture supports this false believe. We are conditioned to believe we are responsible for our lives and our livelihood. If we are suffering it is our fault. If we are poor it is because we haven’t worked hard enough. If we are ill, it is a punishment from God or karma. Everywhere we turn we are told to do it ourselves, don’t ask for help, be self-sufficient, “you are the creator of your life.”
To that final comment: No, we are not! Contrary to all “New Age” beliefs, we are not the creator of our lives. God is. More specifically, our life is an unfolding of God expressing God’s self in and through us. It is a co-creation….NOT a “ME” creation. Our life is a partnership with the Divine and when we remember this truth, life simply unfolds and all that is happening is Grace…even if what is happening is difficult. The “difficult” is there for the purpose of our learning and inner growth and through this learning we come to know more about ourselves and in coming to know ourselves we come to know God.
But there are those days….those days when we feel as if we have handled all we can handle, done all that we can do, faced all the demons we could face, fought all the battles we could fight. There are those days we have done everything we can think of to make it through the challenge before us (these days never happen when things are flowing in a positive direction). We have named our demons and worked on healing them. We have identified our triggers and worked on releasing their source. We have chanted, prayed, meditated on scripture, and spoken in tongues, and still the challenge remains…or rather, our unrest related to the challenge.
This is when we are invited to remember….
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