“There is a part of us that knows where we need to be and understands where we really want to go. There's a place in us that has the map, even if our eyes and conscious mind can't see it, can't figure it out, or aren't certain it's there.”
Melody Beattie (Journey to the Heart, p.177)
There was a time in my life when this suggestion just made me want to punch somebody. I knew I was not where I needed to be or wanted to be. I was in a place of misery and unknowing. It took decades for me to realize that if I had not been there then, I would not be here now. As uncomfortable as it was, all that unhappiness pushed me in the direction of help and change. Some of us have a hard time believing and trusting that part of us does indeed have the map.
Carl Rogers, one of the pioneers of modern psychology, said: “The organism has one basic tendency and striving—to actualize, maintain, and enhance the experiencing organism.” We work toward what he called the “ideal self.” John Upledger, D.O., the founder of Cranio-Sacral Therapy referred to it as the “inner physician.” Carl Jung said simply, “Trust that which gives you meaning and accept it as your guide.” His name for the part of the psyche that moves us toward health and individuation was the Self—our divine spark.
As hard as it is to see at times, humanity is moving in the direction of wholeness—in our world, in our communities, in our selves. As consciousness increases, the way forward will become clearer. It is true that sometimes we stand on the mountain top on a clear day, and sometimes we're in the valley of dry bones. But most of the time, we are doing the arduous work of climbing. Sometimes it's a hike on a marked trail, and sometimes it's inch by inch up a rock face without a belay rope. But always we are moving in the right direction. And always, help is there—inside, waiting to be of service.
In the Spirit,