Healing happens in each moment that we open ourselves and turn in the direction of its truth. We are whole, and our body has everything needed to sustain itself. It is the inconsistency of the mind, the way it likes to swing from branch to branch inquisitive like and playing with the ego that causes the pauses, the blocks to truth, and the barriers that would have us to believe that what appears to be is the ultimate of what is. It isn’t so. Yet the journey to wholeness often challenges us, brings us close to the edge where disbelief resides. How long does our faith sustain us? How long are we to be blind before the light reveals the way, restoring sight never before seen? Keep steady. Each step inside of each moment leads us ever-nigh to the vast space where the breath of restoration is exhaled and the hair on the back of our neck raises to greet the Magic. The wand is there atop the table within reach. We need only to lift our hand and motion forward in its direction and watch how it meets us there the way levitation rises heavenward, feet still planted. The soil remains ripe. It remains ready for the exploration of its bounty, its wholeness, its Yes to the prayer that we’ve prayed. Keep steady. Turn always your wayward thoughts back to the essence of the Divine. Feel the sun against your skin and know that it breathes on you all that is needed in order to be free. You are free. You are free.
East, west, south, or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond. – The Forty Rues of Love, Elif Shafak
It is of a complex nature attempting to describe or speak to the journey within when asked, How do I go there? Yet there is something about the asking itself that creates an opening as though the secret word to unlock parables, is how. Inquiry leads us, and not the inquiry of the world, but the inquiry of the self. When we sit in the seat of receptivity and ask “how,” we have already entered in, and the journey now becomes an exploration of what it is that we see, that we feel, and that we experience there on the inside.
It is the receptive mind who travels the inner road and is willing to stare darkness in the eyes, neither fighting nor fleeing, but rather holding space for themselves. Space is love. Space is compassion. These allow us to take a deep breath, and inside the pause, find our footing enough to continue looking into the eyes of the dark shadow. To go within is to be willing to see it all, our lightness of being and the shadow following us when the spotlight of the sun appears. Compassion gives us the courage to hold steady the gaze long enough to inquire of our shadows’ existence. I see you and know you to be a part of me. Help me understand why. Why do you follow me? What have I of yours that you, like gum under shoe, walk with me? We ask such questions without judgement, only an authentic desire to know in order to befriend and ultimately heal.
Traveling within isn’t solely about the dark, no. Yet in the dark we come to know the light. We have to be willing to enter into the secret spaces, the ones we desire to hide from ourselves and others, if we are to travel the world over. The light is easy. It is what we reach for, what we share with others, what we wear like a badge of honor, but the dark night of the soul wears a different face. The ego has us believing that the dark isn’t worthy of our attention, or that death looms if we get too close, which is true. Darkness dies the closer we get to peeling back its layers and reasons for being, that is, as we grow closer to ourselves. To know the self is to know God.
There is a universe within ripe with spirit and energy even when we think otherwise, and we can travel the expanse of that universe simply by asking how. Life hears us and responds to us at our point of inquiry and receptivity. We ask. We wait. We allow.