Traveling the Spiritual Path in a Material World

Once you get past the renunciation of marriage and material things, being a monk or nun is easy. You just meditate, pray, study and serve, and trust that somehow your needs to survive will somehow be met.

It’s not quite that cut and dried for those who travel the path while still being part of the regular world, with things like career, family, bills, health and possessions to look after for yourself. The spiritual rules are the same, but the demands and distractions of daily like make it much more complicated.

As you know, much of living is learning to keep all the balls up in the air that are required to have the kind of life you want. But consciously traveling the spiritual path brings several more to juggle which often can seemingly take precedence over the need to survive.

For instance, surrendering one’s will to the Divine as expressed by spirit through your inner voice can put you in conflict between where it leads and what you think you need to do to keep the lights on and a roof over your head.

This conflict is not readily resolved, and in fact may not be resolvable at all. For spirit often leads us into situations of catalyst to bring experiences needed by our souls. And the attendant concerns over one’s unmet outer affairs can result in all sorts of issues to work through, like self-judgment, struggle and lack, not to mention outright failure and frustration.

But these are just bumps in the road for the awakening soul. For “let go and let God” becomes more than an optimistic mantra; it often is the only way to move through such situations without driving yourself crazy in the process.

That’s why learning to sense and go with the flow of your life is so important. It doesn’t do much good to exhaust yourself fighting to swim upstream, and then die after an unhappy and unfulfilling life.

So if you’ve taken the spiritual path, know that it probably won’t be a bed of roses. But the challenges it brings will force you to find a deeper peace and joy for just being alive, among other benefits.

Be patient with yourself, and with God. It isn’t that your prayers are going unanswered. It’s just that you’ve chosen a path to grow closer to source, and a lot of inner restructuring may be required to get there. Your life will show you the way and provide the experiences that will bring you what you came into this life to get.

However your journey unfolds, know that it is by your consciousness choice that you are on it. But it’s not set in stone. You may make another choice in another moment if you want or need to.

But like my mother always said, trust that somehow things will work out. They usually do, despite how bleak things may seem at times. I do, and hope you do, too.

God bless you indeed. Go with love.

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