"Spiritual growth involves giving up the stories of your past so the universe can write a new one. You are not denying your childhood; you're simply transcending any of its negative aspects."
These words are written by Marianne Williamson in her book "The Law of Divine Compensation". I was moved by them this morning.
So many of us think we have this huge bag of rocks of events that happened to us in our past that are responsible for all the things that are happening to us today when in fact they are just stories. They no longer have any real meaning other than the meaning we have attached to them. And we convert meaning into feeling.
There comes a time in our lives when we must set aside the bag of rocks-maybe create a rock garden, maybe bury the rocks but at some point we need to let go of the stories and move on into our real life. this is a difficult task, I know I've done the work. But the outcome is the whole opening of our hearts. The freedom to feel the love that is around us. The freedom to extend the love within us to others. Every event and every story that we create about our past is a brick in the invisible wall that we surround ourselves with. It makes it difficult for love to flow in and to flow out.
Sometimes it takes baby steps, yet every step towards love is huge. Learning to have compassion and love for ourselves and others even in the face of diversity and anger and resentment changes the world. And each time we remove a brick from that invisible wall the wall becomes less powerful. And as we take each brick and look at it and examine it and find the goodness in it we can set it down. The wall becomes weaker the love become stronger. The strings that bind our hearts begin to break and we begin to let go of the stories, take the gifts from the events and move forward in our lives. We see the miracles. It might be at the grocery store, it might be with a new friend but we see the miracles because we've let go of that which no longer serves. When we are open Love flows, when we are closed Love is blocked. This is the origin of pain, these blocked places in our bodies and souls. Miracles can only occur through the eyes of Love.
So, open up and open out. Spread your arms out to the Universe and God and let it flow. Feel the sun on your face, the breeze brush your cheeks and be open to the flow of Love now. Be in Gratitude for all the Miracles in your life. Be the Miracle in someone else's life by flowing Love their way! Amen!