I Read the Book, I took the Classes, Now What?
While it’s true we are never done with learning there comes a time when we must begin applying what we learned, if we don’t we end up right where we began. I once read a story about a man who was walking in the woods and saw a building in the distance. Being curious he walked over and went in the structure. As his eyes adjusted to the darkness he saw a spiral staircase so he began walking up and as he did he noticed that as he moved off each step it dropped off into the darkness. There was no going back. The spiritual path is like that too, once we begin and experience the joy of awakening we don’t want to go back.
Our life is what we make it. That means we have tremendous possibilities and responsibility. Many of us would prefer the easy way out, but as Ernest Holmes reminds us, “We’ve out grown our crib so we either sink or swim.” Years ago the New Yorker published a cartoon that pictured a man at a crossroads with two signs; one read, “To Heaven” the other, “Workshops on how to get to heaven.” There comes a time when we need to step into life and do the work.
Joel Goldsmith writes that if we want to know the nature of spiritual power we must practice it. Talking about water doesn’t quench our thirst, only drinking water does. The same is true with spiritual power, to learn its nature we must embody it, practice it and bring it into our experience. Goldsmith notes that in the Bible it is written, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” We need to be confident enough to receive it. A young lady I read about gives us a wonderful example of what Goldsmith means. A teacher handed out crayons and pencils to her first grade class and told them to draw whatever they wished. She stopped at one young lady’s desk and asked what she was drawing. “I am drawing a picture of God,” she replied. The teacher a little taken a back told her no one knows what God looks like. “They will in a minute,” she replied. She has the confidence Goldsmith was writing about. Perhaps we all could use a little of her belief.