“I seek but what belongs to me in truth. And joy and peace are my inheritance.”
Course in Miracles
To seek for what belongs to us in truth is to constantly be moving in the direction of joy, peace and happiness. By means of focusing on joy, peace and happiness in all that we do, we can measure how connected we are to the Infinite Source within ourselves. Joy, peace and happiness are our inherent gifts; since we are all children of God, we all have the capacity, regardless of circumstance, to overcome challenges.
It may be the case at times that we do not seem to realize that it is joy, peace or happiness we are moving toward. While it is what we all want, obstacles and challenges occur that make living love seem difficult. Little do we know that when this occurs, it is often because rather than life, we seek death instead.
The paradox of life is that death is a part of life. To desire the death of the false self is to love and to love is to be constantly moving in the direction of peace, joy and happiness. We are often unconscious of the death that we seek however. For this reason, death causes more angst and suffering, making it more difficult to realize or overcome the challenge. With this said, we can portend that death is a prerequisite to love; however if unaware, we are more likely to prolong our death. By holding on to the body, at the cost of the spirit, we fall asleep to purpose, which is constantly moving us in the direction of love. Thus, the death of the false self lingers on when one is unaware that the spirit, regardless of how things may look on the physical level, is constantly moving us in the direction of Truth- happiness, joy and peace.
Death is a necessary product of life. While there is just one physical death, the reality is that the death of the false self, the ego, is what evolves us. It is required in order to increase our capacity to love. Many people choose to numb, suppress and deny the death of their false self and for this reason, live a slow death of the body, with less joy and happiness for them to access. One can say that the more deaths one is willing to bear, the greater the capacity to love- the more joy, peace and happiness is available. Faith and trust in an Infinite Source is paramount to moving forward; while spirit is stronger and more aware of itself as Infinite potential, the body is dense and constantly in need of reminders. If one does not seek to replenish their spirit because of fear, the body is more likely to become forgetful, becoming more dense and depleting.
Spiritual growth and development, ultimately is about learning how to be in the unknown and accept life’s challenges rather than resist them. One can therefore say that the greater the trust, the deeper our capacity to live love. Thus, our challenges and obstacles at living love is constantly confronting and therefore strengthening our faith- our belief in Spirit, the Truth of who we are.
When obstacles to growth and challenges occur, it is most beneficial to know that the necessary outcome is more Truth, more trust in ourselves, as a part of Infinite Source. It is best to focus on the outcome of what One can learn than to dwell in death, to acknowledge the challenge as a necessary death, but to focus on the spiritual qualities that are being derived from the experience.
This is how we evolve and grow spiritually.