“Ambition and goal-setting are essential to the path of life, but they will get you in trouble on the Path of Spirit.”
The Path of Spirit is surrender. It is trust that Great Spirit will help, guide, guard, and protect us. When our faith in these truths is smaller than a mustard seed we feel the need to problem solve, set goals, strive, and evaluate ourselves and others. When our desires do not unfold in the way we want, in the way we feel is needed, we may lose faith in Spirit. But, a trust that happens only when things go our own way is not trust.
Often we believe that Spirit is promising us things and then not delivering those promises. We hear that if we follow certain rules, work on certain processes, and practice certain disciplines then Spirit will reward us. One has only to read the lives of the Saints to discover that Spirit did not save them from the pain, grief, fear, and anger of the world.
So, why follow Spirit at all?
We can choose Spirit and the spiritual path because it teaches us to hold, and know, the possibilities of love, peace, kindness, and generosity regardless of what is happening around us or to us.
This is what the Saints understood; that when we surrender to Spirit we are surrounded with peace even when nothing in the outer world has changed.
Humans are very attached to struggling.
We strive to be perfect.
We try to succeed.
When we are not struggling and striving we quickly become bored.
- What if we allowed ourselves to laugh more often?
- What if we appreciated the small joys of each day?
- What if we saw life with spirit eyes?
- What if today we make other people more important than we are?
- What if today was your last day on earth?
As I awaken this day to Great Spirit’s Dream,
As I walk in the light of truth,
May I remember that I don’t have to be perfect.
Teach me to accept my personal challenges
and minimize their effects
in the lives of the people around me.
Teach me to live as though my only job
Was to create love, laughter, kindness
and joy in the world.
Help me to accept myself
And all others as who they are.
Assist me to make my life story
into an Angel’s Life Story.