A spirit teacher shares timeless wisdom with me, but it seems to require never-ending intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development. I obviously don’t have what it takes to absorb what He seems to think I can. I struggle, as many others surely do, to live within constraints not entirely of my own choosing.
Spirit claims that I do choose and am trying to avoid
accepting responsibility for choices I freely make.
But, how free are we to make choices when often
the choice I seem to need to make is the lesser of two or more unacceptable options?
Spirit is unimpressed with my whimpering. It doesn’t move Him. Constraints, He tells me, are necessary to future progress in any discipline or area of human development, including spiritual, intellectual, or physical, in that they provide challenges to our present level of skill, as well as serving to soften our ego’s otherwise smug sense of satisfaction in the moment of victory.
Challenges that we have struggled to face and overcome, He claims, seem to whisper in our inner ear, “Perhaps we should raise the bar”.
A Spirit Teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom
as it applies to human nature in every situation and in every
culture; past, present, and future.
How can wisdom be timeless?
Because human nature is also timeless, in that it is grounded
That may be true, but …
It is true.
How does timeless wisdom apply to abusive behaviour?
Timeless wisdom inspires healthy emotions, thoughts,
and actions. Abuse of others or of self is neither
healthy nor life-sustaining.
Should we forgive those who abuse us?
How dan abuse be forgiven? That would be an unhealthy
response. What good purpose would it serve? None at all.
In fact, it might even encourage more abuse.
Abuse, He tells me, is unhealthy behaviour regardless of
who is abusing whom, or even whether the one being abused
accepts ill treatment. That would express self-abuse.
How then can we respond in a healthy way to abuse when we
can’t protect ourselves from it?
We make choices, and perhaps past choices helped to create
the abusive situation.
Why do you speak of an abusive situation and not of an
There are none.
WE develop abusive habits or we don’t.
As an addiction?
Spirit tells me that when anything moves, and something
is always moving, then everything moves.
It is a law of Life
Life moves in every imaginable way, and also in ways
that human imagination is yet to discover.
Life moves and everything is life.
Does this refer to energy systems or forms?
All forms contain energy systems.
And all energy systems …
Yes. There is nothing in life without form, or
without potential form.
What spiritual lesson is involved in all of this?
All of this?
Within the discussion of life as energy.
What form does spirituality take?
Thoughts, emotions, and actions?
In what order?
Emotions, thoughts, and then actions?
To what end?
For what purpose?
If everything moves …
And it does.
Then our choices would be variables?
Everything is a variable except Life.
Then, how to live in such a world?
Spirit tells me that the events of every day add value to the life
We have lived thus far, or they haven’t.
Every incremental improvement or insight can make a difference
In how we live tomorrow.
Yesterday’s events and choices brought us to this place and time
On our journey through life.
What will today give to tomorrow?
Spirit tells me that in many ways the past cannot be changed, but
Our understanding of past experiences is, at least to a certain extent,
A reflection of our intellectual and emotional maturity, at any given time,
As well as the degree of truth of information we received from others
Concerning the events in our past.
Even facts can be misinterpreted, intentionally or otherwise. We may
Also learn to accept that any past events necessarily developed out of
Even earlier situations, as well as from choices made by ourselves or others.
Through a continuous process of change, caused by forces beyond our
Control, at least to some extent, the choices we make today will limit or
Expand the choices available to us tomorrow.
We are what we have become and we will be what we become.
Where does free will fit into the picture?
Free will is never free.
Spirit tells me that
We make choices based on
Outcome expectations and
A cost-benefit analysis,
When we are conscious of
The choices we make.
When our choices are
Based on habit,
Even these habitual choices
Have to have had
A beginning, conscious choice
That seemed to have had
Satisfied us, more or less,
At the time.
At least enough for us
To choose that same behaviour
Again and again, until, perhaps
We forgot that
In the beginning,
It was a choice,
Not intended to
Necessarily apply to
And to replace the need
To choose according to
As conscious shoppers know,
One size of shoe does not
Fit all feet.