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The Nature of the Path

The Path does not need to be hard. It can be gentle.

God did not put us all here on earth to have hard, difficult lives, although we certainly have the option for a harder path if those are the lessons our soul has chosen for this lifetime.

Some people deliberately choose a harder path– a choice to live outside of the Flow, ignore it or struggle with it. If we choose that path through ignorance or ignoring the Truth, we can correct that.

But what if we choose it for other reasons: the glorious martyrdom. A sense of self-importance. The admiration from colleagues over one’s “intestinal fortitude.”

It all boils down to Ego. What if all that fortitude stored in the intestines yields a result like colon cancer–instead of the public acclaim for which so many people strive?

The secret is to not give a damn about the outcome or the way it will be perceived by others, but to do it (whatever it is–your creative outpouring) for your-own-self.

“For us there is only the trying. The rest is not our business,” said brilliant poet T.S. Eliot.

“You can’t please everyone, so please yourself,” we’ve heard from more than one source.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek and you shall find; Knock and it shall be opened to you,” said our elder brother and Way-Shower, Jesus.

We don’t know what’s on the other side of that door, but unless we step up to it and knock, forget it. It’s up to each of us to step up to our door, which is just an illusion separating us from our inner resources, and knock.

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A few years ago, within my own small circle of friends and family, three dealt with breast cancer; one had experienced two rounds of ovarian cancer surgery and three job losses within two years. Another had dealt with prostate cancer. My father and sister were in the process of divorces. And Fred had just “gone to Glory” after his two-and-a-half month knockdown fight with pancreatic cancer.

What about all the health challenges, the family changes, and the job losses? What are they trying to tell us?

The earth is shifting so rapidly beneath our feet that it’s a matter of Adapt or Die. Use this as fertilizer or be buried in it, like the German elephant trainer who gave his constipated pachyderm an enema and literally suffocated in the result–this is the truth!

We simply must stay focused on our vision of what we want life to be, rather than getting mired in the muck of whatever negative may be happening around us. Regrettably, focusing on what we don’t want only draws it to us, especially if we attach a lot of fear or heavy emotion to our projection of the worst possible outcome.

Focusing on what we DO want is somewhat of a challenge when standing atop that mountain of manure. And of course, that’s when a positive focus, and faith in positive outcomes, is the most absolutely necessary.

What if life were always peaches? We’d have no basis for comparison–no true awareness of how far we’ve brought ourselves. No sense of victory.

Every triumph seems hollow when it appears as a hand-off, especially if it hasn’t involved your own hard work with shovel, hoe, and rake.

So get in there and start chopping the clods.

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