What a paradox this is! The abyss is that place of uncertainty and ambiguity in which we all live. Predictions just don’t hold and we can only guess.
And we are the rope across this uncertainty, this place that looks as if there is nothing to support or help us.
It feels so familiar to me — and so very uncomfortable! How often I’ve felt like I was dangling out there, on a very thin thread — and sure I would fall any second.
Have you experienced this? Especially around 3:a.m.? I call it the time of the night terrors.
But this is all a part of our journey. That’s why it’s called the Hero’s Journey. We all have to meet the unknown and find our support where there appears to be nothing.
There is no authentic way around it. It’s walking through the valley of the shadow of death, while fearing no evil..
In our uncertainly we often try to grab onto something firm, but our true support isn’t outside us. It’s within.
We may glibly say we know all this, but as the saying goes, “We say our affirmations, but we live our denials.”
We all grope in the territory of the unknown. But Teilhard de Chardin has called it “directed groping.”
Evolution’s intentional thread is always drawing us upward. This is our support!
As we go within and slow the chattering mind down, focus on the breath, something eventually happens inside us. A new voice begins to speak to us, though probably very still.
We must wait on this voice, for it is our guiding thread. We gradually begin to find our 6th sense, our intuition.
Robert Johnson has called this the slender thread that shows us the way forward. It’s always here for us but we must become very still to see or hear it.
It may be very small, yet it will stand out. Maybe just a little wiggle, a slight twitch even, or a hunch. But suddenly we have an inkling, an idea about what we might do.
It will feel like the right thing to do, but probably not the easiest.
God’s support is always here, but the part we probably don’t want to hear is that we need to step into the abyss, the unknown, to find it.
If we won’t risk and become willing to let go of all that we presently know, it probably won’t show itself.
It has been my experience that this small thread is trustable to guide me into the next step, and then, step by step into my future.
What an amazing world. Time and patience help us develop our practice of trusting and waiting.