On The Other Side of Spiritual Desperation
It’s only after moments of true desperation that it’s possible to realize our worst fears rarely come about. Convincing our minds of this is a different story.
Message from my Spirit Guide, Mark.
Spirit Shorts Episode 88: Spiritual Desperation
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” This famous quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural speech in March of 1933.
Mark’s message today reflects this very sentiment. I say this because fear is the cause of our most desperate times. Fear paralyzes our critical thinking, our actions and our intuition. Fear is unmerciless in its ability to stop us in our tracks.
Convincing our mind that our situation is not as desperate as it appears requires a meditation practice. Regular meditation creates an unhealthy environment for fear. In fact, reality displaces fear building self-confidence, esteem, and assurance.
The first cousin of fear is guilt and shame. Each equally effective in creating desperation in our lives. Most commonly, guilt and shame stem from past transgressions or perpetrations for which created some mess in our lives, known as karma.
When you’re up to your neck in alligators, it’s hard to remember
your objective is to drain the swamp.
Regardless the cause of spiritual desperation, awareness and intention are the way out. Awareness is a searchlight into your inner-self which allows you to take responsibility for the current situation and create solutions. Intention is a spotlight that illumines your path out of desperation.
The most basic level of a stillness meditation practice allows us to calm the emotions. Fear is an emotion. Guilt and shame are feelings that reflect how you feel about yourself. These feelings often invoke fear of the consequences of your actions.
But if you’re not a regular meditator, how can you transcend spiritual desperation and start living your life again?
The answer is simple but not easy. You have to find moments in your day where you escape the feelings of desperation and being trapped. The answer you seek lies in these moments regardless of how brief. Look at what your mind and body were doing during these moments. Within these moments lies your answer. Create more of those types of moments in your life until you can have them displace desperation.
The cause of Spiritual desperation is unchecked fear or unresolved feelings about yourself. Start a meditation practice knowing it will displace fear and negative feelings. Thus creating karma of a different nature.
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