For many people, including students on the path, life is a series of ceaseless conflicts and difficulties, involving the trial of personal adjustment, and for many the spiritual path provides the only real escape from these continuous problems.
But problems of one kind or the other will always cross our paths in life until we have come to realize their true value to us as lessons of life and how we may rise above them. These conflicts in life are very real and never too far from any one because we all need them if we must grow and progress in life both on the spiritual and the material planes. Millions of people spend large amounts of money, time and effort in finding a certain elusive happiness through alcoholism, drugs, Holidays; tourism etc which they hope will take them away from their difficulties and the problems they face each day.
Ascension of Consciousness
Our problems however are really blessings in disguise, if we see them in their true perspectives. Mystical ascension means that by facing our daily problems with insight and composure, we learn to raise our consciousness to a higher level of understanding, permitting a greater and more detached view of our daily situations so that we see how best to deal with them. Accepting the circumstance of our present life and of the universe in which we live is imperative to the Mystical student. We so often try to place the responsibility for our own problems upon others, blaming them for all our difficulties and the restrictions which have been placed on our so called freedom. We suddenly turn superstitious, and exhibit behaviors that suggest that someone somewhere must be doing this or that to either run us down or stand in our way.
But these problems, when viewed from as the ascension of consciousness, are clearly seen to be of our own making, even if by association, because we share in the karma of those around us, one then more readily adjusts to the lessons they try to teach.
A Flexible Approach
One of the causes of many of our daily problems is the rigid and inflexible attitude we hold regarding many of our daily circumstances. The lesson of life teaches that we must learn to adjust to all events and conditions confronting us. This is not to suggest that we must bend the way the wind blows, but it does mean that by holding an open mind and a loving heart we will see all the more wisely how to act and respond in any circumstance. Like I earlier said, these circumstances must arise because through our actions and or inactions we may have set them into motion. Therefore facing them with an open mind and solving them is a form of compensation.
We are constantly influenced by others on the material plane, and as we aspire to the mystical life, and follow its teachings, we become more conscious of and sensitive to the influence of the suffering of others.
Now if we are inflexible and become antagonistic to these influences, which can take many forms, we will experience more problems in our material affairs.
Ascension of consciousness which comes about by mystical aspiration and the study and practice of its teachings allows us to rise above these influences. We can never, I repeat, never be indifferent to them or be totally free from the turmoil of life, because that is our destiny in this incarnation and like I mentioned earlier, we may have set them into motion by our actions and inactions either in previous incarnations and or in the present one thereby being the architects of our present destiny. Our only escape is to aspire even higher in consciousness, where these influences can no longer have any power over us, so that we become not indifferent to them but impersonally detached from them.
But what happens when we try to ignore them? We are likely to find ourselves being thrust back into their influence, because life is a school of discipline, that is a temporary school which prepares us tor the real and greater life of service, and only by living life to the full, experiencing all its problems and rising above them, can we attain mastership.
Growing in Understanding
Fratres and sorores, many of us are always asking and looking for the so called principle to resolve even the simplest of life’s challenges without any effort on our part to learn the lessons from such challenges. Under such circumstances, the so called problems of life keep repeating themselves because we have failed to make any conscious effort at understanding the lessons which they try to teach us. The cosmic influence always brings change in the upward spiral of evolution. We are part of the cosmic and must become receptive to its benevolent influences. With a flexible and open mind devoid of superstition, and a sensitive and loving heart, we can grow in consciousness and understanding in preparation for the greater life that awaits us.
The dedicated heart opens the door to mystical revelations in its aspirations to the highest envisaged ideals. It serves as a channel through which the aspirant assists himself and mankind in general.
Life is the school where we learn these lessons of life which are necessary for our individual progress and it is the area where we give back to the world that which is being expressed through us and express the love and the spiritual benediction which God has granted us.
So beloved fraters and sorores, life is not all struggles if it has been so with you. Look at life from a positive perspective. Desist from seeing the lessons of life as problems that have been placed on your path to make you suffer. Rather try to learn the lessons such problems have come to teach. Learn the lesson once and for all so that you don’t go through such problems again. Turn your face away from superstition. The lessons of life are never man-made as such and this should be very clear unless you are one of those who believe that it was indeed Judas that betrayed Jesus the Christ.
Fr. T.K.O – Culled from the Heritage