Finding ourselves by ourselves

I think most of us have had a desire to be part of a group—a bunch of people who make us feel accepted and loved. Maybe we’ve looked for it in our family, or a social club or religious organization. And maybe these groups really did fulfill our need, at least for awhile.

If you’re anything like me, though, sooner or later you discover that you have to leave the group, or that it leaves you—sometimes abruptly, even cruelly. It took me years to realize that this was not a bad thing. If you’ve got the spark inside you nudging you on to your true, spiritual life and self, there’s one thing for sure: the group won’t get you there. You have to go it alone, like it or not.

But this seemingly lonely trek has a happy conclusion that actually ends up including not only your groups, but everyone on the planet. Why is this? Because the truth about our spiritual life and self is divine Love, and this Love is infinitely bigger than any human emotion. It includes everyone and everything, despite often deceiving appearances.

Before you can see the universality of it, though, you have to approach it on your own, through contemplation, meditation, prayer—whatever you like to call it. It’s strictly between you—your individual consciousness—and the universal consciousness called divine Love or infinite Mind.

During this process, groups can’t really help you. In fact, they can actually hold you back, especially if you’re looking to them for validation, support and comfort. That’s not where those things come from. They come from the one Light, and that’s where you need to spend your time—living in that Light, or Love.

But, someone might say, the spiritual-minded help their brother man—they aren’t selfish. Certainly it’s true that there are countless people doing their best to help their fellows, and of course this is a good thing. But seeking the Light is not a selfish pursuit. Once you become aware of its embrace, love naturally pours out of you to others—nothing can stop it. It becomes an expression of grace, and not an exhausting human effort. Then groups, organizations, tribes, collectives, families, and so on, all naturally fall into their proper places.

Let’s not put the cart before the horse. Our oneness with Love comes first.

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12 responses to “Finding ourselves by ourselves

  1. Wonderful blog, Amy, and I agree!

  2. Sharon Strong

    Exactly right, Amy (and it sounds like Laura peripherally 🙂 . Thank you for this insightful and timely message. Prior to reading this, I was thinking to myself, Why do so many people not know what they think about particular issues until they consult their news channel? Then they finish forming their own opinions by what someone else is telling them, even if it is completely fabricated. But, knowing that we get all the accurate information we need by turning to divine Mind, God, the true source of intelligence, the only author of man, –this will continue to enlighten our perspectives and impel our actions into ever increasing helpfulness. And in a way which produces more depth of peace than we could possibly imagine!

  3. Sharon, thanks for bringing in that thought of the media being one of the “groups” — this is so true!

  4. Thanks, Sharon, too, for that reply! Just right, both of you!

  5. Sharon Strong

    I am speaking from experience. It came to a head this week when I was under the weather. Seeing so much hatred, and reacting to it, made me realize that was not who I was. I was literally shaking in disbelief and upset at how rational people could possibly believe all those lies! So I could see that my job was to see through THIS lie about man, and diffuse and dissolve it with the universal solvent of Love. The road to recovery was swift after that recognition, and my prayers are now going in the direction of acknowledging man’s purity, his unbiased affection for his fellowman, his unmesmerizable awareness of truth and goodness. I want to continue along these lines, as it is providing me with a much higher and safer viewpoint–higher ground, you might say, to avoid getting swept away in the floods of ignorance, malice, greed, and self-love.

  6. I found myself getting sucked into that political stuff on Facebook, too…I really had to wake up! And I’m happy to say I did, along the same lines you’ve described here, Sharon.

  7. Such a powerful message, Amy. May Love be our Source, always and all ways.

  8. awriterweavesatale

    I’m forever trying to get into a routine of meditation — a spiritual one as I do believe in God. And there are more and more moments in my life when I need to give up control and rest on the breast of faith.

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