“Spiritual Unfoldment is an Individual Matter.”
It is interesting – maybe to a degree even disappointing to some – that what we prove for ourselves cannot be proved for another. Let me elaborate. In writing of spiritual unfoldment being an individual matter, which at times we even attempt to disprove, we find ourselves with all good intentions wanting to assist others on a path in Life that we have discovered.
So…..essentially what I have proved for myself, and am still in process of doing so, I cannot prove for you. Let us for a moment take the words found in Malachi 3:10:- “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it.” At the outset let me confirm that although we generally relate this passage to money and tithing, there is more. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse – if we look at the storehouse as being CONSCIOUSNESS; what are we, as individuals, bringing into our own consciousness? Are we mindful of the TITHE – the fact that we are continually investing? Are we giving at least 10% of our attention to TRUTH?
Truth recognized and put into practice in daily life is unlimited in its returns. A way opens up that before could not even have been imagined by our limited human minds. Prove me now – not in the world – “prove me now in consciousness,” which then takes us on our individual sacred journey. In life we drop or move on from what no longer serves us purposefully, yet the journey continues. And this we need to remember – the journey of life never ends; and each moment we experience in awareness, is new and sacred.
Tenzing Norgay was the sherpa who accompanied Sir Edmund Hilary to the summit of Everest in 1953. The following is taken from a book entitled: “Touching My Father’s Soul,” written by his son, Jamling Tenzing Norgay: “One reason why people go into the mountains is to experience the purity of the five elements – air, sky, earth, water and fire. In the mountains, worldly attachments are left behind, and in the absence of material distractions, we are opened up to spiritual thought. When we look out at the ocean or gaze at the sky and the clouds, or even the rock wall of a mountain, it is difficult for our minds to form labels. What is it we are really looking at? There is no real thing there – just colour and shape. And when we stop attaching labels to what we see, a sense of quietness flows in to fill the gap, bringing us a step closer to the understanding of emptiness.”
Ironically, in this emptying of worldly thinking, attachment and judgement, the storehouse (CONSCIOUSNESS) is filled with Truth! As we drop our five-sensory mode, the truth that is always there anyway, emerges or comes to the fore, bringing with it the unlimited blessings promised to us. The fruits of the world are temporary, and run out. The fruits of Spirit never run out. In the world we have the ebb and the flow (the loops going back and forth); in Spirit there is only the continuous flow through which we receive ABSOLUTE LOVE, WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, JOY AND PEACE.
When a train goes off the rails, literally, there is disaster; is it any different when we go off track as we journey on through life? Come back to aligning with the Truth that runs through all of life and makes the seeming crooked places straight Come back to investing in Truth knowing that right now, in consciousness, the place whereon you stand is holy ground.
We come back to those words in Malachi: “Prove me now!” And it is all about individually experiencing God. Only I can do this for me; only you can do it for you! And this proving is a mystical experience, beyond description in mere words, because words confine it; but it is much like the experience in the mountains, described by Jamling Tenzing Norgay. And each will have his or her own unique demonstration of the Presence of God.
The awareness in consciousness of the Presence brings with it all the blessings from the windows of heaven. And the price?? Living in mindful consciousness of God. We all have our “loopy” times, called that when we are way off track; and we waver from one side to the other. In awareness we observe what we are doing and come back to that centre point in God – ALIGNED WITH TRUTH.
The rewards are priceless because, being spiritual, they remain in our consciousness and become part of who we are and then flourish and grow as our understanding grows; and we know that these gifts are infinite and eternal. There is nothing missing from our lives. We need to understand this: that with God as the source and foundation of our very existence all the fruits of Spirit; the wisdom, intelligence, joy, peace and love are ours. Align with this Truth, work with it, stay with it. Bring all your tithes into the storehouse of your consciousness; mindful of the eternal Presence of God, and allow the unlimited blessings free flow.