It appears that the journey is a difficult one and the ego fulfills the appearance. What is meant by this is a forgone conclusion. If we believe that something is a struggle, it will be. If a spiritual teacher lays out a list of do and don’t’s, we assume that we must follow them otherwise we won’t be able to go higher than the top of a ladder.

Using the symbolism of the perfect number seven, imagine a ladder with seven rungs. If we succesfully master each rung, when we reach the top we go into the Beyond, the 8th sphere of consciousness. The result is our successfully achieving mastery over matter. There are thousands of books written on how to achieve self-mastery, enlightenment and victory as an amalgamated soul. Why do so few souls succeed?

From careful observation, I feel that few succeed because humanity is stuck in the belief system that spiritual achievement, mastery, perfection, fulfillment or whatever adjective we wish to describe victory must be a difficult task. That is the way it is. People die for their beliefs, are ridiculed, crucified, separated from their true spiritual identity, loved ones and home. We conclude that it must be difficult to reach mastery. Wrong, wrong and wrong again.

Suffering is not required. The typical human is so full of guilt and self-judgment that to free ones self from the shackles of the illusion become an impossibility, a mountain too steep and a dream not realized. Rules put one condition after another on our plate that when not digested may cause additional imbalance and confusion. As a result of mounting complexity, a seeker of enlightenment may feel the goal is impossible and the sense of anxiety, separation and loss of spiritual identity increases.

I am speaking to my self as well as you. Could it be that we are the ones who make the journey difficult? It does not have to be. We could adjust our attitude. There are no have to’s….only a conflicted belief system. If our belief system is not working, it is time to change it. We do not have to follow the path of suffering. We do not have to deprive ourselves of wealth on any level. All we need to do is accept and believe that we are a projection of the Supreme One into multiple and intelligent forms. It is up to us as individual units of Light to return to our original consciousness of clarity, beauty, purity, love and wisdom. This will not happen if we continue to judge self harshly as we climb the rungs of the ladder.

Ask yourself what authentic means to you. Ask yourself what is purity. Ask yourself what is real happiness. Ask yourself what does oneness really mean. Ask yourself whether the Grand Designer of Life desires for Its creations to suffer. Keep thinking, keep questioning and do everything possible to keep your mind and heart open.

You are far grander than you let on. You are far grander than what you currently accept as your reality. You continue to judge your self harshly and believe that the journey must be hard, must take time and that suffering is a natural part of the deal. It is not. Could the judgment of struggle be of our own making?

Does the climb need to feel insurmountable?

I believe we have fooled ourselves…


Love, Light and Laughter,

Shirlee Hall6-25-11



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