The Price of Freedom
“To feel great love and freedom, to find the presence of God within you, all of this stored pain must go. It is in this inner work that spirituality becomes a reality. Spiritual growth exists in that moment when you are consciously willing to pay the price of freedom. You must be willing at all times, under all circumstances, to remain conscious in the face of pain and to work with your heart by relaxing and remaining open.”
Michael A. Singer (The Untethered Soul, page 106)
Last night's Spirituality Group, studying Michael Singer's book, got deep into the weeds on this particular passage. One bone of contention was the word “God.” Several members of the group grew up in evangelical Christian households and churches, where the meaning of that word is very clear and absolutely static—it is God the Father, and Jesus, His only Son, our Lord and Savior. Period. For many, the experience of having fire and brimstone rained down upon them twice on Sunday and once on Wednesday, was sufficient to make them never want to go there again. The word God simply won't form in their mouths—and yet, there they are, week after week, in a spirituality group that is clearly exploring the workings of “That Which We Call By Many Names.”
We finally decided to refer to “That Which...” as Divine Energy. Everyone could agree that the term Divine Energy bridges all the gaps in beliefs. I think of Divine Energy as the Universal Source—the one that holds the cosmos together, and is conscious and compassionate. One very good question asked last night was: “If humanity had never evolved on this planet, would this Divine Energy still exist.” The answer to that, in my world view, is, “Yes, absolutely.” We are not special, we are not separate, we are not the grand overlords of creation; we are one species among many, and if we disappear, the Source and Force of the universe will remain. On the other hand, we are part of Divine Energy—just as is the robin sitting on the limb outside my porch right now. We are endowed with life, we are conscious beings, and we have the capacity to explore questions, both deep and shallow. We can probe the universe for answers, and stretch past our flesh and bones with the vast heart of “That Which...”
To expand into our true capacity, however, we must climb out of our “self” boxes, and reach for the stars. We must give up fear, in all its forms, with all its limitations, and allow life to flow through us. Giving up fear is the price of freedom. Are you up to it?
In the Spirit,