At my age I can look back on a variety of situations that I would never have picked off a menu. At the time I saw them as bad luck, a conspiracy of life against little old me, or at times catastrophic. Now I see them as glimmering opportunities that mark transitions from one state of awareness to another. I’m still not deliberately choosing what most of us would label as “trouble,” but I can honestly say that when trouble comes along I don’t get hysterical. In fact I go to
In trying to close the gap between the internal/external demands of life and our ability to deal with them, typical coping mechanisms are denial and avoidance. We presume that if we don’t remember what was bothering us, it’s gone. But where do our disturbing thoughts, tensions and feelings go? One theory is that what we deny and avoid is housed somewhere in the subconscious mind. It lays there like a festering mass knocking on the door of our consciousness in our dreams, ou
When I read “Abandon Hope” in Shambhala Sun magazine, I was at first shocked! Wasn’t “hope” the cornerstone of human existence? Wasn’t it what got us through our darkest moments? I had to read further… What I learned was what I had heard so many times in spiritual study: To hope is to reject the experience of the present moment, the time window in which we are truly alive. If I “hope” for something, it means there is something more desirable than the present moment. So I
Why are all forms temporary? When we follow the transition of form to energy, we are on the Path to Enlightenment and Abundance. There is a part of us that finds the loss of familiarity and form off-putting and disconcerting. I’m sure you’ve experienced that feeling…the sense that we want our loved ones with us always and our youth not to fade. We want abundance to show itself in a material way as reassurance that our existence isn’t in vain. We foster the denial that all
We either move beyond a sense of limitation in these times of change, or we are left behind. There are moment described in spiritual literature when people accomplish transformation in an instant. These miraculous examples of upward mobility are referred to as “epiphanies” in Christian lore. They are sometimes described as a vision that immediately gifts enlightenment to an individual and bequeaths a halo or some indication that this person is now a “saint,” or has achieved
Rosanne posts her teachings and observations in this part of Essential Spirit. Enjoy her wisdom and learn from her years of study and practice.