Some people, at a certain point in their life, will come to a crossroads that led to an experience which made them want to know the purpose of their life. Others experience what is called “divine discontent.” Yet others will say they had a dream or an inner calling.
One person told me a story about where she had met a holy man, a teacher, in her dreams. A year later she found herself in a dream class listening to the same teacher who talked about a place called Shambhala. A few days after that second dream a friend gave her a book titled Hierarchy, and two years later she met the holy man in person where they recognized one another from her dreams. The holy man had recently published a book on Shambhala. The two dreams and book about Hierarchy plus the ultimate physical meeting with the “man in her dreams” were transformational experiences.
Each person who had come to the crossroads in their lives yearning for a deep experience to confirm life itself and their own life in particular asked, “Why am I here?” The majority I talked to did find a path and began their life journey. Either it was a new journey, or they easily recognized they were returning to a path of many incarnations; each said it was like coming home.
One of the evolving steps we must each take is not only for personal improvement but to provide us with a sense of direction so we don’t lose our way.
It is not so easy to lose our way if the path we are traveling gives us sign posts, affirming that the direction we are taking is right and good. When we are called to a spiritual path certain things are going to be asked of us that must be acknowledged. The level of our consciousness determines what will be asked, but each question will relate to tasks that are in harmony with our life-purpose.
This acknowledgment is to answer the question: Is this for me to do? The answer is to determine if the given task is important enough in the life to give it its needed time and energy. Not only in simply giving it “some of our time and energy,” but our best time and best energy. As our consciousness becomes increasingly illumined and refined, less time will be given to answers for we now, with our expanding consciousness – illumined consciousness – will respond with Direct Knowledge.
In the beginning stages of our journey, accepting a task, like daily meditation, daily study or service activities, some people find that they are so tired by the end of the day that they do not have the energy to study, to engage in spiritual disciplines, or to engage in a sacrificial service. Others will say that even though they had hoped to give more time to a committed task, things at work or at home somehow prevented them from doing so, or karmic conditions became so distracting they lost sight of their spiritual direction, or goals, and became lost in the complexities of the labyrinth of life.
“After two weeks of apparently superficial striving, a man comes to the conclusion either that he is unfit or that the Higher World does not exist. Whereas the very same man will tell his servant after a year of service, “A year is too short. I cannot yet raise you.” Even in common earthly affairs, people understand the significance of dates. … It is difficult to speak to those who have not matured in heart or who have succeeded in extinguishing it. It would seem that the fires of the heart are very natural and simple in manifestation, but long periods are needed in order that this understanding which links the lowest with the Subtle Worlds may become evident in the physical world. …There are very few who strive to become citizens of the Universe. This title demands numerous cares, observation, vigilance, and, primarily, an indomitable striving.”
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