“To fall into truth, then, the illusion must be torn away from us.
It is unfortunate that sometimes we must lose everything in order to understand this. But, really, it is only the way. We are prone to want to hold on to things, but once there is nothing to hold on to, we can’t help but realize that the only thing we can truly hold on to is something deeper and impenetrable—something undying and eternal that we can hold on to at all times, both during the good and the bad.
That undying and eternal part of us is our spirit. And nothing, no nothing, can ever break that. When we understand that our spirit is our anchor, our captain, and that ever other part of us–our emotions, our thoughts, our bodies, our careers–are there to serve this captain and follow its orders, then we move through life with greater ease, with greater peace, and with greater respect for life.
But without the tearing away, without the losing of everything, we can never know that we had everything to begin with. We can never know that it is our spirit that is the core of who we are, and that nothing can ever tarnish it.”
- an excerpt from my post When You Have Nothing Left To Lose, You Only Have Everything Left To Gain
There are times in our life when we feel as if the sun sets.
The world we thought we knew suddenly darkens, becomes obscure. All old rules seem to go out the window. Even our fundamental understanding of God can fall under question.
We lose faith. We lose our moorings. We lose our way. We lose ourselves. We lose our path. We lose meaning. We lose purpose.
Fear overwhelms us, clouds our thoughts, motivates our actions.
We want to scream. We want to run away and hide. We want to crawl into a corner and rock back and forth in a fetal position. We want to crawl underneath the bed covers and not leave our home.
We have absolutely no idea where to go. Life is one big, upside down question mark to us in that moment.
This (what I am describing to you) is the night of your life. (One could also aptly call it the “winter” of your life. It is also a period that I referred to in the past as The Courage Moment.)
We all go through this time. And it is part of a cycle. A never-ending cycle. Continue reading