This is Part One in a Ten Part Series.
According to the biblical tradition of Creation, on the first day, God created light and said that it was good. Regardless of your personal beliefs about the existence of God and this particular tradition from this point, it is apparent that without the best known source of light in our universe, which all of the planets rotate around as if emanating from it, the Ordinary World that we know would not be made manifest.
In this Ordinary World that we occupy, we go about the routine tasks of manipulating the lives we experience to find pleasure and enjoyment, and also suffering through a variety of not so pleasant or enjoyable experiences in the process. Often, we find ourselves clamoring just to meet our Safety, Health, and Security Needs, a peculiarity in a world filled with so much abundance. When we connect with our Root Chakra, grounding ourselves into this ordinary world, we can clearly see that things are often running a bit lopsided as so many of us are in fight or flight mode. Due to this realization, it becomes apparent for us to Admit that We Have a Problem, that the habits we’ve created for ourselves are making our lives unmanageable, and make our Ordinary World less than the synchroncitious conduit of life that it was designed to be.
In this we are Fools, believing ourselves to be separate from the rest of these emanations of light, and so All of our Life is Suffering. Because though we were created in the midst of paradise and the perfection of creative evolution, we Have All Sinned and Fallen Short of the Glory of God. Yet in the midst of our suffering, we know that there is a deeper truth that is shrouded under our limited perceptions and the Ordinary World to which we so adamantly cling.
Birthed into this new opportunity to view this Ordinary World from another perspective, we must decide whether or not we Trust or Mistrust the current operating procedures. Either we recognize them as suitable providers for the lives we are creating or we begin to consider whether we should be directing the attention in our lives to more bountiful operations. For these habits we’ve developed are merely shadows of who we really are and force us into the depths of Shame by pointing out our inadequacies and separation of the light of our true Being. And again we must ask, shall we relegate ourselves to the near death vibrations of Shame and Doubt our true worth, or develop our own Autonomy, knowing that our Creator passes no judgment upon us as free and forgiven people.
For as Matthew quotes the man from Galilee, “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” And as we empty ourselves of this eternal torment of attachment, recognizing this Ordinary World as merely a remembrance of past misdeeds which must be fully forgiven, we open ourselves up as the pure conduits of the Light from which all emanates. Allowing ourselves to let go of the illusion of possession and embrace the fullness of who we really are, we also realize the truth in Luke’s echoing “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.”
In this Ordinary World, where the Light still shines amidst the shadows we create, the Celestine Insight of A Critical Mass tells us that, “A new spiritual awakening is occurring in human culture; an awakening brought about by a critical mass of individuals who experience their lives as a spiritual unfolding, a journey in which we are led forward by mysterious coincidences.” As this Unbroken Path guides us forward, the question that eternally stands before us is whether or not we will move from the world that has been, through the world that is, and into the world that will be as beacons of the Light from which we are all created or will we discard the call to Be who we are called to be by clinging to what we think we were?
Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.