The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
- Lao Tzu
I read a book several years ago, entitled “The Aspiring Mystic.” I was very impressed by the book but more so by its author, Carl McColman. He explained that he had named the book “The Aspiring Mystic” because that title actually described him very well. He did not claim to be “enlightened” or a mystic. He was aspiring, however, to become both. I believe it would be fair to say that I am an aspirant, as well.
I aspire to become fully enlightened, although I am not 100% certain exactly what that means. I aspire to fully understand all that I can about who and what I am. I aspire to be completely healed of every malady, complex, or other imperfection that inhibits me. I am finding that these aspirations are a life-work, but I can imagine no more satisfying work than this.
Mahatma Gandhi once challenged us all to “Be the change you want to see in the world.” That statement requires a lot of us. We cannot change anything we do not understand. We cannot understand anything without changing. Through my own personal journey, I have come to understand much about healing, happiness, and what the “peace that passes understanding” actually means. Those understandings have changed the course and path of my life; and my heart is filled with gratitude.
I would like to say there was one moment when it all came together, and I saw everything clearly. But that was not the case. My redemption did not come in an instant. Self-realization and healing are processes that rarely occur over night. The journey within that leads to healing and growth is still, very much, ongoing for me. The difference for me now is that, when I find myself feeling lost and afraid, I know how to find my way back to the place of refuge that lies within me.
Just as importantly, I now have a foundation of authentic happiness (one built on positive thinking and a gratitude attitude) that promotes the healing process and is helping me with my personal transformation into all that I am capable of becoming.
Over the last few years, I have had a lot of encouragement and support from friends and loved ones. But I have also had the support and encouragement of strangers I never met — people who shared a little bit of themselves and their experiences with me through the written word. We are all students and teachers alike. My hope is that I can give a little something back to Life and to anyone who needs encouragement and support, as they travel along on their own personal journey of healing, happiness, and self-realization.
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