There are spiritual laws that govern what we will or won’t discover about ourselves in this lifetime. And when we understand that self-knowledge is to our spiritual growth what a spring rain is to the wildflower seeds that await it, then we also realize how vital it is to not just embrace these higher laws but embrace them mind, body, and soul.
Following are three laws to help you awaken and realize your highest spiritual possibilities…
If It Doesn’t Flow, There’s More to Know
Learn to recognize all forms of strain — whether at work, in your creative efforts, or in your relationships — as being unnecessary. The mounting friction you feel when busy at some labor is never caused by the task at hand but by what you don’t yet know about it. This means the only real reason for your strain is that you’ve got hold of a wrong idea you don’t yet see as wrong. This new insight allows you to release yourself by showing you what you need to know. Flowing follows your new knowing.
Refuse to Take the Easy Way
There’s no getting away from what you don’t know, which is why anytime you feel compelled to go around a problem by taking the easy way, i.e., pretending it doesn’t exist, blaming others for your pain, or meeting it with half-measures, that problem always comes back around again. And isn’t that what makes life seem so hard? Learn to see the “easy way” as a lying thought that keeps you tied up and doing hard time.
Getting through something is not the same as having it completed. And as this insight grows, so will your understanding that the whole idea of the “hard way” has always been just a lying thought as well. Now you know: the complete way is the easy way. So volunteer to make the “hard way” your way, and learn what it means to live the effortless way.
Persistence Always Prevails
If you’ll persist with your sincere wish for higher learning, you can’t help but succeed. Persistence always prevails because part of its power is to hold you in place until either the world lines up with your wish or you see that your wish is out of line. But, for whichever way it turns in that moment, you’ve won something that only persistence can buy.
If you get what you think you have to have to be happy and you’re still not satisfied, then you’ve learned what doesn’t work. Now you can go on to higher things. And should you learn you’ve been wearing yourself out with useless wishes, then this discovery allows you to turn your energies in a new direction: self-liberation.
(Excerpted from “The Secret of Your Immortal Self” by Guy Finley, Llewellyn Worldwide)