A Spiritual Declaration of Independence
Key Lesson: No one can say "No" to this world who is afraid to walk through it alone. The unseen cost of this baseless fear is not just to keep the company of cowards, but to lose one's possibility of ever coming to know the company of the Divine.
Finding the Love You Long For
At times it seems to me that the more I realize about the awesome nature of spiritual love, the more loneliness I feel in my current human relationships. I long to share my discoveries with others, but who do I turn to?
A certain kind of loneliness, of feeling ourselves all alone, is a necessary portion of the path to the higher life. This sense of being alone comes out of realizing what are the inherent limitations in our actual relationships in this life, combined with a growing spiritual longing to commune with others in a deep and meaningful way. Go through this. We easily forget that there is a God, a Great Intelligence that guides the steps of anyone willing to put Him/Truth before all else. This same Intelligence will lead you to new relationships, inner and outer ones, in which not only will you be able to express the love you feel for the Truth, but this same love will fill you as well.
Can a person choose the path of Truth and travel it through life with someone, or must they go it alone?
The answer is that we must both go alone and at the same time allow all relationships to reveal that, in truth, we have never been alone. Having a loved one who loves the Truth with you is a great blessing because the two of you can learn to give yourselves up to a greater Love. So ultimately, surrender becomes the key. We can learn to let go of ourselves more easily when we have others around us who show us the need for this self-release without punishing us for our transgressions. It is a curious thing: Sometimes it is much more affecting when someone doesn't blame us for a pain we impart than when they do. That is the beauty of inner work.