Stay bewildered in God, and only that. Those of you who are scattered, simplify your worrying lives. There is one righteousness: Water the fruit trees, and don't water the thorns. Be generous to what nurtures the spirit and God's luminous reason-light. - Rumi
When our essential truth affirms that we are already whole and complete in our spiritual reality, we may ask what pursuits of consequence are inherently worthy of my time and effort. Should I continue to pursue goals of personal development and accomplishment?
Goals by definition are achievements that take place at some time in the future. In fact, effective goal setting demands a specific time in the future. While this is effective to attaining a result in the future, it often takes us completely out of the present moment. In other words, the very desirability of some future outcome exalts the future as superior to this moment in time. That focus, of course, takes us right out of God time, the only precious moment in which we can truly live and realize the infinite. Moreover, we often find getting what we want, in terms of a result or outcome, is fleeting satisfaction, a treasure that loses its luster quickly in the insatiable mind that promptly seeks a new jewel beyond the here and now.
Now I am not advocating abandoning goal setting practices. It is still valuable to our progress in this world that measures and demands material accomplishment, but on its own, this spiritually limits us. If we are to find true fulfillment, our goals must be established in the present moment. In other words, the journey is the destination of the awakened spiritual traveler. When our goal is to embrace every step, every person, every obstacle on the path of our lives we partner with Spirit all the way to and through an uncertain future. When we keep our heart and mind open we encounter infinite possibilities to learn, grow, expand, deepen, and strengthen, along the way. We "water the fruit trees" of the kingdom that is at hand, instead of deferring enjoyment to a later time when goals are attained. While you and I are making goals for tomorrow, God graciously offers its hand of love, peace and joy in this instant. If we have the courage to open ourselves, and the patience to be present, we can reconcile our hearts with "what is" before us, take Spirit's hand, and walk mindfully and joyfully into every moment of life.
Anais Nin wrote: "And the day came that the risk it took to be tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom." Do you know you can open and bloom right now, where you are, and begin to live life in awe and wonder and gratitude? When you do so, your list of goals will no longer represent what's missing for you. They will be a way of moving forward in time, but you will know that in truth you have already arrived.
Join us Sunday as we continue our Emergence series with a message on this topic, You Have Arrived.
Peace and blessings,