I have to start by saying I can't take credit for this analogy. I was out for lunch with my friend Devon last week and she used it. I thought it was perfect and wanted to share.
Women get pregnant everyday knowing that they will endure some of the greatest pain they will feel in their lifetime to give birth to their baby. Even knowing this and experiencing it, we do it again and again. Personally, I did it 3 times and it was absolutely worth every contraction!
With labour and delivery, a mother knows that experiencing great pain will allow her to hold her sweet baby in the end. The outcome far out weighs the process hence babies continue to be brought into this world. So what if we looked at spiritual growth that way too.
Although it is hard to really know the outcome, could we all just trust that it is going to be great? Could we envision that the pain felt during the falling apart phase of spiritual growth will birth something so much greater than the process it took to get there?
I can speak from experience that my greatest spiritual growth has happened after enduring emotional pain. Feelings so deep from inside have surfaced to teach me lessons. Show me the truth. Guide me to a better path. It is during these moments that I often recite the serenity prayer to get me through, as well as remembering one of my favourite quotes ... Although it seems as if everything is falling apart, it is really just falling back together.
So next time you are moving through a tough spiritual test remember it's like labour and delivery ... birthing amazing new beginnings.
Words I take solace in, as do many others.
Sometimes it's nice to know you are not the only one feeling a certain way, or that someone else's kid does that too, or you are not the only one has done something stupid. There is a sense of community in that knowing. A gathering of souls who share the same human experience because ultimately we are divine creatures having a human experience - things are bound to turn upside down every once and awhile.
Over the past few weeks this phrase has sprung from my lips over and over. Cosmically the energy has been on a bit of a hurricane. Disrupting our old patterns and thoughts with it's wind and rain. Churning up thoughts and feelings of the past and desires for the future, of the heart. Challenging our entire being.
Yes ... you are not alone, if this is what you have been feeling. With the choice to walk the path of light brings with it the tests to help us understand why we have chosen this path, the tests to keep us on this path and the tests to show us the truth in our hearts and souls. Be grateful for these tests that bring us clarity. Give gratitude for the lessons learned and the movement forward that eventually comes with its gift.
With the end of this turbulent few weeks, we have begun to find clarity. We have also found ourselves mourning the loss of a legend, Maya Angelou. Her words run so deep within me. Her presence is so incredibly soulful. Each thought, words and poem comes from a place deep within her where love stirs, where passion grows. Her words are immortal. May they continue to guide us ... "When you know better, you do better." is one of my favs. This is another...