“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” ~Frank Kafka
Being a “newbie” to the Scottsdale, AZ area, I decided recently to use Meetup.com as a way to meet new people in the area. I have been kayaking, hiking, business networking…you name it. But one meeting I attended this past week stuck out for me. Being the spiritual person that I am and always interested in meeting people of this circle, I decided to attend a spirituality meditation meet up. The meet up was scheduled from 7-10pm and the first thing I thought was, “Wow! That is a long-a@* time to meditate!” Having always felt I rocked in meditating, I took on the challenge.
The meet up group met at an amazing bookstore in Scottsdale called Vision Quest which was full of anything us spiritual gurus would want to buy to help us “ascend.” I was guided into a back room where the chairs where arranged in a circle with 4 lit candles on a table in the middle of the circle. I was greeted by a large African American man who may have frightened me due to his size at first, until he smiled. His smile turned him from a giant into an angel. I found myself a chair and plopped down, ready to meditate my little tush off.
Once the meditation began, the instructor explained how throughout the meditation he would call in different angels and guides from the 12th dimension (stick with me here). As soft music played in the background, I fell into my meditative trance, meeting the energies of Archangel Michael first. I am very familiar with him because he and I…well, let’s just say we are “buds.” As the meditation continued, I found myself antsy and then becoming frightened. I always teach my clients to be “an observer” of their life and behaviors, so I took my own advice and observed myself. Why was I frightened?
Here is what I found…silence is a healer, but in order to heal it, you have to feel it. When we allow ourselves to slip into silence, even if only for a few minutes, we allow the healing to begin. In order to heal, we must first know what we are healing. Let me use an analogy. Say you want to clean out your closet. In order to do so, you must take out each piece of clothing, look at it and decide if you want to keep it or send it to “Goodwill heaven.” You cannot get rid of it until you look at it and see what it is and then make a decision. Do you want to keep that old, dirty polka-dotted dress from the 70’s or trash it? Does it serve you anymore?
Now let’s return to your healing. Those old wounds, hurts, anger and grief…are having those feelings serving you? Do you need to give them to “God’s will heaven?” In order for God to take them, you have to make the choice to give them to him. He gave you free will, remember? That allows you the choice to do what you want with your life. That includes holding onto things that are hurting you.
It is never easy to face pain. The tough decisions we need to make in order to heal…let’s face it…suck! But at some point you have to realize that one day, like it or not, they will have to be faced. Why not do it now? Why not finally realize that you have the right to life! You have the right to a life without pain, suffering and sorrow. Suffering is not and never was God’s plan for you…you chose to feel those things; God did not put that upon you.
Go into silence, even if it is only for 5 minutes a day. Just listen to your breathing and every time a thought comes in re-focus on your breath. Ideally, you want to get to 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening of meditative silence. You will be amazed at how you miraculously heal. The road may feel rough at first but the ride is worth it. 😉
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
~Henry David Thoureau
Chris Sopa is founder and owner of Chris Sopa International, Inc. You can learn more about her at www.ChrisSopa.com. Find her at Facebook.com/ChrisSopaInternational, Twitter @ChrisSopa, LinkedIn, and Google+.