You, lucky reader, got a break from me for a couple of days. I was very bad and didn’t write in my journal this weekend. Now I’m back, my fingers are refreshed and totally forget how to type.
For the past few months I’ve been slowly working my way through a strange but useful book called Spiritual Growth by Sanaya Roman. It’s full of smart insights that I feel compelled to share and so this post will be heavily comprised of quotes followed by my weak attempts at commentary.
WARNING: The book is kinda kooky and is written from the perspective of some higher being that the author is chanelling. My spell checker doesn’t believe in this chanelling business because it underlines the word in red. I don’t believe in it either but that doesn’t stop me from learning important things from imaginary characters. Also, it should be noted that I never purchased the book, I think my grandmother gave it to me. It sat on the shelf for many years before I finally picked it up and opened it.
The first quote is, so far, my favourite. It came at a perfect time as I was feeling smothered by all the articles and books I was reading as well as the downpour of info I was drowning in from my time spent in various social media channels. On page 65 the author states:
In these times of planetary change, people are changing rapidly, and new forms, ideas and information are flooding the planet. If you try to find stability in the outer world you may feel confused and uncertain. As you go within and connect with the higher dimensions and your Higher Self, you will find love, stability and peace.
On the surface that might sound a little woo woo, as my friend Gina would say. Regardless of whether you believe in higher dimensions, heaven or science, the insight here is the same. If we are constantly scanning our environment for the answer we are going to get overwhelmed and feel like we’re always one step behind.
On a similar note, page 102 states:
If you have taken all the actions you have the inner guidance to take, surrender your need to be in charge and in control every minute.
… It takes a lot of energy to try to make the world work in the way your intellect thinks it should work. Put down the burden of trying to plan every small detail… Things will turn out even better than you imagined.
What? You mean I don’t have absolute control over everything that happens in my life? Crazy! But true. Having a kid taught me this, the hard way. Outside of parenting though, I still hold on too tightly to the little details, hoping to influence every outcome. I don’t know about you but this is a good reminder for me. While we’re leaning toward the topic of perfection, here’s another nice insight from page 112:
Spiritual growth comes from loving yourself as you are now, not from making yourself wrong because you haven’t reached some imaginary ideal of perfection. You are perfect as you are now. Start finding the good in yourself more often.
You hear that? You are perfect as you are now. That goes for me too. You’re welcome. Here’s a final quote, one that I had to sit back and think hard about, one that nearly negates all of my complaints, sob stories and miserable history:
Some people enjoy telling stories of how hard something was for them, as if their struggle was an accomplishment. How much more fun it would be to trade stories of how easily things came! You do not have to work hard day and night, feel exhausted or surmount incredible odds and obstacles to have worthwhile achievements and grow spiritually.
This is a tough thing to avoid. We live in a time and place where hard luck stories sell millions. Not to mention the countless relatives and strangers in line at the coffee shop who want to regale you with their tales of woe. The important thing for us to remember is that we don’t need to be the crazy stranger waiting for a latte. We can, from this sentence onward, be the people who tell delightful stories packed with dragons and vampires who all live happily ever after.
So go forth my friend, and speak as if you are chanelling a being from another dimension. It will make you sound smart, and nutty. Plenty of people like nuts, except the ones who are allergic to them.