As we grow spiritually, we are invited to turn our gaze from the outside world and draw it inward…letting go of our temptation to seek fulfillment, peace, love and joy outside of ourselves and remembering that the Source of all that we seek is within.
Out there….out there…out there
In our human journey, we are continually looking outside of ourselves for the things we need: direction, guidance, love, fulfillment, satisfaction, peace, joy, abundance, etc. When we want to know what we should do with our lives, we ask our friends, co-workers, family members, trusted advisors, “What do you think?” We consult the advise of professionals and experts and even so-called experts, “What do you think?” We look for the sign along the road, the flashing lights, the lightening bolt, the symbolic animal or coincidence that tell us what we are supposed to be doing. When we want love, we seek the person outside of us that we think will make us happy. When we want fulfillment, we seek “the perfect” job. When we want money, we look outside of us for the thing that will give us what we need. While there is a time and a place for those things outside of us …. a time when the exterior conditions and experiences and people in our lives do act as a vehicle of Divine guidance, support, fulfillment, love, etc…..it is the relentless search outside of us that gets us into trouble.
Big Remedy for Big Trouble
What this relentless outside search does to us is create and solidify an inner terrain of fear, anxiety and worry. When we are constantly looking outside of ourselves for the answers, direction, fulfillment, validation, etc. we are forgetting that the only true source of peace is our intimate connection with what some might call “God.” Whether you think of it as “God”, “Higher Power”, “Higher Self”, “True Self”, or some other name, there is a Source of guidance and fulfillment that resides deep within us. Connecting with this inner Source of peace is how we find contentment, joy, love, guidance and it is in connecting with this inner Source that our lives take on meaning, flow and a sense of effortlessness. While our outside search may provide some information, it is the inner journey that gives us the truest, surest, most profound guidance and fulfillment.
So, next time you find yourself on that relentless outside search for answers, guidance, fulfillment, money, time, love, etc. and you find the anxiety and worry within you rising in response to this relentless search….STOP. BREATHE. PRAY. Take all the energy that you have been directing outward and point it toward yourself. Point it toward your own heart, toward that peaceful, loving, joyfilled place within where God dwells. Then, REST in that peaceful connection that what some might call God and WAIT. It will be out of this peaceful connection that everything you need will show itself – guidance, abundance, opportunities to nurture and share your gifts, love, empowerment and most importantly….PEACE.
Authentic Freedom Ministries