Hello T.R.I.B.E. Friends and Fellow Travelers,
Almost a decade ago I entered into an intense learning cycle that involved facing some of my deepest fears. (Spoiler alert- I made it over ).
This is of interest because there really is something to be said for getting brave and plunging into places we have avoided, IF we are able to stay connected to our deeper truth and our super powers while on the journey.
It isn’t easy, but it is worth it.
This is the essence of the Hero’s/ Heroine’s Journey Joseph Campbell teaches about. The pitfalls we encounter along the way…are almost laughable from the other side of the scary ravine we have conquered.
We are in a pretty tumultuous time right now on Planet Earth, and I suggest that the tools that are required for navigating what often feels like madness, come from taking that depth journey within. Paramahansa Yogananda said “Pick a Path, ANY Path, and go deeper”. Jesus says “The TRUTH will set you free”. And it always does.
I would like to share a technique with you, from the wisdom of Emmett Fox, my favorite teacher of what is called New Thought. He calls this The Golden Key.
Here it is:
When you are facing any difficult situation or circumstance, rather than struggling through the intricacies of the “problem”…Think of God instead.
You might call God The Universe, or your Higher Power, Jesus, Great Spirit, The Tao, Buddha or Mohammad…but the point is to get beyond personality and debate, and think of this force that breathes us instead.
I find that the Arts…singing, dancing, painting, composing, writing, photography, spiritual gardening…also add BEAUTY to the mix, and connect us to something eternal. And beauty is an elixir for despair. The Native American Beauty Path has recognized this for Millenia. Walk…with beauty.
The hermetic abstract expressionist painter Alice Martin said it this way: “Beauty is the Mystery of Life”.
I agree beauties.
Think of God instead.
Peace out… and love,
P.S. You can access some spiritual practises and ideas from the world’s religions in my book- The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality. And, as Ram Dass reminds us- “We are all just walking each other home.”