I was speaking to a woman the other day who had a very traumatic experience. She was riding the bus in NY, reading her Bible and praying when she noticed a woman in the back of the bus mumbling. She recognized that the woman was off balance and started praying for her. Without warning, the woman advanced from the back of the bus and, without provocation began to pummel her. The other passengers on the bus screamed out but no one came to her aid. The praying woman was able to get up and move toward the front of the bus and the bus driver. The other woman continued to advance, beating her perceived adversary on the head and back as the one being beaten covered and protected her face. No one else on the bus moved; they all spoke out in horror but, they did not move.
Eventually the disturbed woman left the bus. The one who had been attacked, realizing that she had been traumatized but not physically harmed, chose not to call the police. When she spoke to me, she recounted every detail of the experience believing she had been emotionally and physically traumatized. Why did she do that to me? I pray. I am kind and loving. Why did I attract that into my life? I reminded her that she was reading the Bible. The Bible is a source of light for many. I also reminded her that she was aware that the woman was disturbed and off-balance. Knowing this it did not make sense to expect her to behave rationally. The praying woman was also distraught that no one came to her aid; not even the men who were on the bus. I suspect that they were afraid and chose not to turn the violent attention toward them. It all made sense but the woman was still disturbed.
Listening as deeply as I could for a word from on High, I shared what I was hearing with her;
“Beloved, when you are in the light, darkness will come upon you. It is clear that the woman who attacked you was experiencing some sort of darkness in her heart and mind. She too was seeking the light and at the same time, she was resisting it. When we are in the darkness of fear, we resist the light. When our mind is off-balance, we do not know how to stand in the light. They key is to remember, no matter what comes at you from the outside, you must hold on to the light because the center of light does not shift. You had enough presence of mind to cover your face and, to keep praying. You stayed on your center in the center of light. You may not know it but somehow, your response to her was a blessing.”
At that point she sighed and said, “I see.”
Many of us live all of our lives with blessings and gifts we dismiss, deny or diminish. We wake up each day with our minds functioning, our hearts beating and each and every bodily function being carried out so that we can live through the day. Most of us have good friends and some family we can rely upon. We usually enjoy good food and the comfort of shelter and clothing. Everyone has some experience they can look back on that will warm the heart and bring a smile to the face.
Then, we have a bad day. Something we don’t like happens. Someone we don’t like offends us in some way. Perhaps we get some bad news or we may even lose something or someone we love. On that one day, in the midst of that dark experience, we forget everything good and dive face first into how bad, unfair and unpredictable life is or can be. With one experience or several experiences we shift from power to despair; from joy to sorrow; from faith to fear. This is normal to the human condition.
What is not normal, natural or productive is to we stuck in the dark and forget about all of the light we have enjoyed. The light is always at the center of our being. It does not shift. It does not go out and we cannot be without the light. Our job is to remember it is there and, to get in it. I know! I know it is hard to do at times. I also know it is necessary.
When you are moving, grooving and growing in life, darkness; dark people and dark experiences will come upon you. Darkness must come to the light! Just when you think you are getting over the hump, the challenges are lessening and you are on your way up; something is bound to knock on your door and threaten to knock you back down. Such is life my Beloved.
In these moments, in the face of a challenge, in the midst of frightening or and difficult situations, you must remember the good. You must take a breath from the center of your being and remember, trouble comes to pass, not to stay. Trouble cannot beat on you forever! Things must shift and change and, the faster you call in the light, the faster the darkness will be expelled.
The center of light, good, joy, peace and God is always right where it has always been – – at the center of your being. When the mind is running amuck; when the heart is pounding and the feet are pacing, dive quickly into the center of your being. The center doesn’t shift. It has and will continue to hold, nurture and nourish you when you choose to acknowledge and embrace its presence. The choice is always yours to make. You can dance with the darkness or, you can sit in your center. However, like the woman who was attacked on the bus, you must remember to cover your face. You can get through life with scrapes on your knees or bumps on your head but your face, your true identity, that you must always safeguard.
This Week’s Reading:
Chapters 8, 9 and 10 in Ask And It Is Given
Esther and Jerry Hicks.
This Week’s Meditation:
Unified Field Meditation; Voice by Iyanla Vanzant
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