Along The Way Introductionhttps://secureservercdn.net/184.108.40.206/jk4.538.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/blog-demo-10.jpg?time=16068586591000650Tina CarsonTina Carsonhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10b15ffc77ae9a6028a3357777603332?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Life is a Journey I’ve Learned to Enjoy
Six years ago I was introduced to Ernest Holme’s teachings through a random class I found on the internet. I had been implementing an annual spiritual practice when I found it. Every January I used to start my new year taking a spiritual class of some sort within my community. The previous year I had joined an eight week meditation group at a nearby Buddhist Temple. This particular year, I found a class at a local spiritual center that said they studied the Science of Mind. I was intrigued.
I called the center and asked if I could join the class, and made it very clear I had no intention of “joining the church”. Just wanted to take the class, thank you very much. It was called Foundations. And it became a bridge for me from a period of my life where I was exiting limiting beliefs and entering expansive ideas where God could be bigger than I had ever imagined. And as small as I needed too. Another words, God could be everything.
The most profound idea I immediately found relief in though, was when Ernest Holme’s, in his writings, had described our lives as an upward spiral. Later, I found this to be a universal description of so many spiritual teachings. For me, it was a relief to think that my life could fit perfectly in this spiral. I picture it going upward. Widening as it moves up. I feel confident that my experience as an individual human evolves each and every day, and is moving upward, on this spiral. That every experience I have is a new experience, even if it feels familiar. That as I grow, learn, and heal, I am moving up this spiral of expansion.
Of increasing consciousness.
And when I feel like there is a set-back, I can remind myself that everything is progress because I am never in the place I was before. In the mindset that I was before. I can never go backward in what I know. I can choose to forget, but I will always know.
I find such deep comfort in this. I had been told for years that I was peeling the layers of an onion as I was healing, growing, learning. But as I grew older I began to think, “there’s seriously no more onion left!”.
Along The Way
When life, and change, and grieving, and healing, and growth, and not knowing, and doing it all over again tries to keep me from remembering why I am so committed to it all (to taste, smell, touch, see how delicious Life is!), I remember the vivid picture of the spiral in my mind, and remind myself I am simply living, and this present moment is along the way.
The experiences that I have – the stories, the lessons, the things to share and receive, are all along the way. I intend to share them here, and hope that in turn you will share yours as well.
See you soon!
“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”