Plateaus, Peaks, and Troughs on the Spiritual Path
by Lola Jones
There can come a time when you can't "feel" Source like you once did. That doesn't mean something is wrong, it may just indicate you are "up to speed with it". Our senses are geared for contrast. We don't notice sameness much as "different-ness" especially when we get used to something for quite some time. We take things for granted once they become commonplace. It's technically called "habituation."
When we first begin Divine Openings the contrast is huge. We were down there, then we are WAY up here! It's a dramatic contrast for many. Then being up here gets to be routine. No big deal. There's not much contrast when you're up to speed with it already.
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Using an airplane analogy, when you take off, you feel the G-Force strongly, like when you began Divine Openings and felt that sharp rise in altitude and velocity. You're actually not going as fast as you'll be when you get to cruising altitude, but once you're in the air, at cruising speed, you feel nothing, no motion, no velocity. Using your senses, you'd swear you were standing still. But you're going 550 miles per hour. Your human senses can be deceiving.
Or use a honeymoon analogy. The love grows deeper after the thrilling honeymoon, but the contrasty high may not be as strong after ten steady, solid years of marriage. It's a reminder to not just go by or for the thrill or the buzz or the high all the time. You'll have those, but you can know, just know, deep inside, without the flashy exciting feelings contrast brings.
It's extremely important to keep going within instead of going back to seeking, which would take you backwards, just like going back to dating after that great marriage isn't so new anymore. Do more enjoyable things, and include The Presence as you do. Do "soaring" from Level 2 Online to deliberately create more and new high contrast.
Now let's go up a level. It was very productive in the earlier stages of awakening to have an "intimate relationship" with God. At first I created a concept of God as the perfect parents. Then that was no longer needed and it evolved. Then it was a co-creator and partner, and even a honeymoon. It kept expanding from there.
Eventually, you can't have a "relationship" with something that is not even felt as separate from you. You can have a knowing of it, appreciation of it, and a oneness with it.
Injecting a little humor: when Source
tries to feel itself, what does it feel?
To me it has become less and less like God is something or "someone". God is unfathomable, formless, and all pervasive. It's not limited to meditation time or Divine Openings highs, which I do still get. But I'm not chasing that. The magic is still there when I'm not high or in bliss. See Things Are Going Great In My Absence for how to design precisely how God interacts with you. (Create Your Concept of God.)
What I used to think of as God has become more mysterious and unnamable to the point of not even trying, day to day .... it's Life .... and mystery and miracles ..... and I am part of that. "I" am less all-knowing than The All That Is, but I'm confident it's all still available to me.
There's not much contrast when you're up to speed with it already.
Someone on the Forum who'd been to the 5 Day two years ago said he didn't know if he believes in God or not, and that didn't shock me one bit. Who cares what we believe, except as it affects our life and ability to create and be happy?
It's challenging to explain the unexplainable, but right now, for me, there's no need for any tidy beliefs. 'No beliefs' is actually more powerful than "good" beliefs. Less limiting. If you've formed some tidy beliefs, try loosening up and just experiencing directly every day instead.
If there's a box you've put God in (or the temporary absence of God) try living outside it. I don't need God to be clear to me or have outside indicators of God anymore. How many times does the sun need to come up before I know it's real and that it's coming back tomorrow?
Since I've expanded into that place where it's just normal, it's not very flashy most of the time. Sometimes it is, sometimes it's no big deal.
When I meditate now, I don't go to experience God, as if there was someone to look for. I go to the Void, into the mystery, into the Nothing that preceded Something that is the purest form of God. It is like ceasing to exist, while purely Being. It always feels really good, and it restores and resets you.
Even deeper. It's becoming interesting to communicate on so many different levels with various people. At Level 1 I talk one way. At Level 2, another more expanded reality unfolds. In Jumping the Matrix we just naturally begin to experience reality yet another way. All the while knowing there's more expansion coming.
The words God or spirituality begin to feel odd for some of us at some point .... how can we name and bottle Life, and the unnameable, untamable Beingness that I Am and You Are.
In ordinary life I don't even like to talk about it -- at ALL! It just seems ridiculous! I just want to live! Now I understand why some sects won't speak the name of God.
In the 5 Day Retreat we get to "not talk about it," or define it, We get to be it--go to that next level where it feels blissful again. Sometimes you do need a new elevation.
On my private days of silence I just live, and don't speak or think or contemplate. Words are limiting and impotent, although as a writer and teacher people expect me to use words for their minds. But I know the limits of words, and I don't let them limit me. I don't make them too important. Living and experiencing is what it's all about.
It's all good.
When you're in a trough, be with it peacefully. Rest. Set your intention to go higher in good timing.
Listen to my ecstatic song Power, on the Watch Where You Point That Thing musical collection. Just surf it and don't go back to seeking. Another wave will come.
Article on Peaks (How to handle bliss!)
Article on Troughs (Dark Nights of the Soul and the powerful initiation they are)
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