Constructing a Life

Our creations tend to take on a life of their own, so beginnings are most important. One thing is certain: if our primary concern is success or security in the world, we will experience the ups and downs of the world. But if we seek a higher consciousness, a greater ability to respond to the promptings of Spirit, and a greater capacity for caring, then this is how we must build our lives.

The natural force of entropy will try to convince us that it is too late to start over, but our soul tells us that every moment is an opportunity to begin again. In fact, growth and perfection can occur in no other way. Evolution is indeed a spiral, but progression up the spiral is as fast as we let go of our apparent position on it. Each time we begin again, we move up a rung, regardless of whether the supposed requirements of the current cycle have been met. For it is a lie constantly whispered in our ear that tells us that we must slog through the seemingly endless process of soul-perfection, when if fact what we really need to learn is to let go.

There is nothing written that says enlightenment has to take a long time. The author of that lie has a vested interest in getting us to believe that it does. So we shed our old skins as soon as we become aware of them—when the concrete hardens, we strip away the forms. We must trust in the foundation we have and build upon it and not get stuck in the belief that we have to go back to square one. Why hang onto yesterday?

The Sun again is in its yearly cycle of rebirth. Soon it will purge itself of everything that has not worked. Can we do the same? Easter is approaching. Will we be distracted by the cares of the world, or will we be vigilant to the needs of our soul? Prayer and meditation take no time at all when they are integrated into our daily life. No one ever complains about having to eat; why then should we look upon raising our consciousness as a chore?

People say that if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans. But God never laughs at the aspirations of soul. Façades and edifices of self-importance will be torn down faster than a Hollywood set, but if our architectural drawings envision spires of spiritual yearning, the angels themselves will pound the nails.

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5 Responses to Constructing a Life

  1. Michael Wilson says:

    This is exactly what A Course in Miracles’ Workbook No. 21 is saying today, Michael: “I am determined to see things differently.” Thank you for your insight and encouragement. It is the ego which says, “That’s fine if you want enlightenment; it’s a long and difficult road.” The last thing it wants is for you to withdraw your allegiance from him and trust in the unseen Voice for God.

  2. Bernadette says:

    Very nice article. I love the last paragraph.

  3. Eli says:

    I am touched by the compassion and encouragement expressed in this article.

    Thank you so much!

  4. Mary Ann Fry says:

    Perfect, and so timely. I am thinking of the same things.

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