If solely focused on getting to the top of the mountain, we miss the fruits of the valley.
Joy, love, bliss, and infinity are words to describe the experience of Source. Unity and oneness exist here. However, on the astral and Earthly realms, duality and limitation exist. There are universal laws. On Earth we have gravity, that a sperm and egg make a baby - not two sperms and not two eggs, for every force there is an equal and opposite reaction force and so on. The more we understand the forces at play on all realms - Source, Astral and Earth, we can arrive at greater unity and wholeness within ourselves. Why astral? I’ve found astral to inform earthly experiences (personal view and perspective).
As humans our ultimate symmetry, beauty or balance is to make harmony with duality - masculine/feminine, light/dark, tangible/non-tangible and so on.
How do we move toward this?
I’d like to share a personal anecdote to explain.
About a year ago, I arrived home from travel adventures in the UK. Travel for me is pilgrimage, learning, growing, experiencing and enjoying. I follow my footsteps and don’t make too many plans. Approaching travel in this way helps me open and surrender to divine will. What ensues in this process is synchronicity, magic and ultimately the creation of my own experience in every moment.
Upon arriving home from this magical trip, however, one bad thing happened after another - friends who borrowed my car got in an accident, mother fell and broke her wrist, drawers were falling off their hinges - literally, clothing was unraveling, bank account was draining, roaches, termites, digestive issues, suffering and the list goes on. How could such unpleasantness follow such a beautiful time in Scottish Highland paradise? Was I under psychic attack? It literally felt like going from heaven to hell.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “let go, let God” or fully surrender to divine will?
I believe most humans are on a spectrum of surrendering and asserting. Perhaps we can look at the spectrum as degrees and percentages such as my will = 50%, surrender = 50% or 80/20, 90/10, etc. In the past I have played with varying degrees ~ manifestation from willpower and forgoing this will to surrender.
Last summer, however, I was ready to surrender. This surrender took me to hours of meditation in front of a white wall everyday. OK - is this what surrendering means? Nothingness? Bliss, contentment, joy without material concern?
Nope because the “unpleasantness” ensued.
I then realized that all of these unpleasant occurrences served to further awaken me to SEE because there is not much evolution in surrender without spiritual sight and perception. In turn more and more happens to further awaken our sight (perception and understanding) so that we can act on guidance. As we further unite all parts of self with the divine, what appears to be messages or guidance actually lives within and becomes us. There is no separation between Spirit’s guidance and Self. They are one. We embody Spirit. Spirit is embodied within us.
To get there, the more we surrender and align with divine will, we catch the current and flow. Action is required but the means feel effortless. Despite fear, hesitation or any other reasons for not proceeding forth, we must move forward one foot in front of the other in order to change and evolve.
Here are considerations and tips for navigating the journey toward balance and harmony:
Seek and find, not seek and run. Move toward that which attracts you and that which repels you. Oftentimes that which attracts you reveals something you would like to further bring out in yourself. That which repels you reveals aspects that you may shun or hide within yourself. Move toward both for clarity.
All bodies are equally valuable. There is no “higher or lower” self as in better/worse or elevated/non-elevated. From the anecdote, my lesson was that I valued spirit over matter and therefore spent time in the heart space up. Events revealed that the world of physical matter needed attention. I now realize that on Earth, spirit and matter are equally important as are all bodies and elements. Spirit is within all and all must be accepted, understood and balanced through opening and allowance.
Practice neutrality or non-reaction. We have the power to break cycles. We do not need to whip because we were whipped. We do not need matriarchy to balance patriarchy. We do not need hardcore veganism in response to factory farming. These types of reactions are creating a new form of polarity, exclusivity and duality. Rather we can choose not to participate and respond to these systems and actions with reaction. We can surrender to spirit to guide our actions with greater awareness of choice.
Enjoy the journey while getting to the destination. Destination is not an ending but rather a measurable marker for progress and expansion. The journey is the color and experience between. A hike could be an analogy for this. Balancing both the journey and experience with the destination and progress are important for balance.
Spirit leads us to what we need. Trust. In two recent hikes, I was led to valleys rather than peaks. I naturally like peaks because that’s where I feel complete. However, in the valleys is lushness - water, flowers, moss, animals, fruits, bounty and beauty. Though I prefer the peaks because that is where I feel comfortable, my work is to explore the valleys because that’s what I need.
In sum, our overall journey towards freedom as humans is to unite with all parts of self and to unite with the divine within all. Therefore we must seek, find, know and accept all parts of self and Spirit. We are droplets of the divine and contain all. Throughout life, we work to reveal and see all. There is oneness at Source. There is duality on Earth. How do we balance and unite these forces? This is the work. The circle within the triangles. The triangles within the circle. Balance.