Yes, there is always an open door, but not always in the direction we are headed. Sometimes we have to stop, stand still and then be willing to go wherever spirit leads us, even if it seems like the end of everything we are familiar with.
Robert Johnson speaks of this in his book, Balancing Heaven and Earth. As a young man, his ego had become inflated and on a whim he booked passage to Europe. His first night aboard ship he realized how minimal his resources were. He had very little money and knew no one in Europe. What had he done? Deflation engulfed him. He fell into despair and sobbed himself to sleep in his bunk.
The next day as he was journaling he drew a little stick figure of a man taking one step forward and sliding two steps backward, but making it to heaven anyway, because he was going in the wrong direction in the first place. pg 87
Through journaling he contacted an inner wisdom that knew more than his conscious mind. As Robert humbly opened to the insight that something higher than himself was guiding him through his deepest fears, new possibilities arose.
As he trusted this “unknown” (another name for the present moment) things occurred, people appeared and through many strange circumstances he eventually found himself enrolled in the first class that Dr. Jung taught in Zurich.
His soul work deepened and his life took an entirely new turn.
Inflation causes problems. We become inflated when we are sure of ourselves. Inflation is that strong feeling that we know how to handle things and we know what steps to take. We proceed, by not always with wisdom. It is our way, not God’s.
However, deflation follows inflation, so this is the good part. It is through deflation that we can truly become a vessel for God’s Spirit to express through. Suffering can indirectly guide us onto a new path.
“We are here to serve the Golden World, not to rule it,” says Robert Johnson.
We might answer, “Well, I don’t want to rule things, but I have this goal, you see, and I really think this is where I need to be.”
Just how much energy do we put into our goals? What is motivating us, really?
Through investigation of what drives us, we begin to be aware of our inner conversations. These are always taking place within us and go mostly unnoticed while we stay busy doing all the stuff we do. Inside us are often patterns of greed, ambition and impatience that masquerade as many other things, enticing us with worldly rewards. Looking good, mainly.
So we stay with ego goals and this keeps us distracted from what our soul work is.
Busyness is what we do to keep the suffering away, as Buddhism teaches us.
What are you really desiring? Is it universal harmony? Or self-security, or self-satisfaction? Our intentions make all the difference.
Are you here to really serve God?
This requires taking time to be still, on a daily basis, and waiting for guidance. Watch the play on the inner screen of your mind.
Standing still, waiting, and allowing universal energy to show us the way. Wow. It takes willingness, perseverance and patience.
When the wheels stop or fall off the wagon of your life, trust that God is showing you a new way. We can’t know how it will turn out, but this practice will open you to a new sense of your beauty and the wonder of the world.
Be willing to remember that the universe is always guiding you into something new and more desirable.
God never gives up on us and is always leading us into greater happiness and more harmony. Remember directed groping (one of my recent blogs)?
My meditation teacher uses this phrase: Follow dharma energy.
In order to follow, it is necessary to practice being still. Listen to the inner voice that is found below all the chatter of the mind. It has a lower volume.
A dedicated and disciplined meditation practice is vital to help us hear God’s homing device that is always beeping to us.
Jesus spoke about the sheep that listen for the shepherd’s voice.
When forward progress stops, or we feel stuck and there seems to be nothing we can do, just stand in this Holy Presence, listening deeply, and practice the truths we know. More will follow.
It’s about following, and noticing the inner pressures, the noisy chattering inside that pulls us into chaos and clamors to be heard. This is when we need to stop, be still, relax, and consciously breathe. Journal.
This brings our focus back to the spirit of God within us. It will never betray us. Wisdom will reveal our next step, and our next.
Trust the universal energy of LOVE — the one single energy that is evolving the world. It is calling you now into your destiny.