Knowing something intellectually is one thing. Integrating it, embodying it and becoming one with it is something else entirely. I’ve long held that we are all guided with infinite wisdom and deep love, that we co-create whatever comes into our lives, and that everything happens for a reason. And yet . . . I continued to feel tension and stress when things played out in “negative” ways.
Only recently did I begin feeling the peace that comes with understanding and acceptance in such circumstances. Over the last month or so, I’ve come to see the beauty and perfection of everything that is in front of me. And I feel more like I am in this world but not of it, a goal which I’ve aspired to for quite some time. This quote from Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, captures this mindset perfectly:
For those who realize that everything is from God, everything is the same.
I’ve made this progress because I’ve been immersing myself in reading and writing about spirituality. Clearly, I had to live it, breathe it, eat it, and sleep it before my consciousness reached critical mass and advanced another notch.
I still have a long way to go, of course. If life got too dramatic, my newfound equanimity would surely be strained to the breaking point. But at least I’m farther along than I was a month ago. And I feel the lessons taking root more deeply every day.
What is the ultimate goal? As Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, when you can “stand unshaken midst the crash of breaking worlds,” then nothing can touch you where you live, and nothing of value can be taken from you.
Hmmm, a worthy goal but I don’t quite think I’ll advance to enlightened master this time around. No matter. My motto remains, Learn, grow, keep moving.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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THROUGH GOD’S EYES PDF SAMPLER
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.