Change and a Glorious Spiritual Awakening in 2011


 

About Change

I was recently viewing the seventh season first episode of the ABC television series Grey’s Anatomy. In the last scene, as the episode came to a close, an audio commentary on the subject of “change” was delivered by one of the show’s main characters. That commentary on change struck a very vibrant and intimately personal chord in me: I found myself resonating strongly with the commentary as the result of having experienced a series of changes and difficulties in life during the past several years.

I want to share that commentary on change with you. Here is the text and message of the commentary:

When we say things like “People don’t change,” it drives scientists crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science.   Energy, matter, it’s always changing — morphing, merging, growing, dying.

It’s the way people try not to change that’s unnatural:   The way we cling to what things were, instead of letting them be what they are.   The way we cling to old memories, instead of forming new ones.   The way we insist on believing, despite every scientific indication, that anything in this lifetime is permanent.

Change is constant.   How we experience change — that’s up to us.

It can feel like death, or it can feel like a second chance at life.  If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it… it can feel like pure adrenalin.   Like, at any moment… we can have another chance at life.   Like, at any moment… we can be born all over again.

(From Season 7, Episode 1, of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “With You I’m Born Again.” Ending commentary delivered by actress Ellen Pompeo who plays the lead character role of Dr. Meredith Grey.

I came to appreciate the TV series Grey’s Anatomy over the past few years, mainly for the richness of how it depicts the human condition and the varied portrayals of human character. Whether or not you are a follower or fan of that TV series, take the time to watch the relevant episode over the Internet. The commentary on change comes toward the end of the episode at 39:40 (39 minutes and 40 seconds) into the featured program’s playback. Viewing the entire episode will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the commentary.)

During the recent difficult, painful, and trying period of my life — extremely trying and challenging materially, financially, socially, emotionally, intellectually, psychically and spiritually, — I have learned to accept and embrace the constancy of change or impermanence in my life. I have learned to let things be what they are, foremost spiritually (a profound shift in consciousness for me and a milestone where life changes are concerned), rather than cling to what they were before or to how I may want them to be under a strong (yet illusory) material sense of reality. I am learning to form new memories based on principles of the Truth teaching, instead of holding on to old ones formed out of human beliefs. And, I have learned to accept the emptiness within — what Buddhists call the Void (Śūnyatā) — or the nothingness (the No-Thingness) of our Spirit center of being, as the only genuinely unchanging aspect of my life experience, and, importantly, to take refuge in it at all times.

Indeed, the Psalmist truthfully says: “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalms 57:1, ESV)

During this period of cascading changes (which at times seemed to be endless), I experienced the process of change like a slow agonizing death because the ego was somehow still resisting change. Many times it seemed to feel worse than dying physically: Physical death can only progress to one final and inevitable conclusion, the cessation of all bodily life functions followed by a release from the material world; whereas resistance to change builds and accumulates mental and emotional stress by way of helplessness, confusion and depression mostly, which can be torturous to the psyche. I experienced the kind of insecurity, fear, anxiety, loss, abandonment, hopelessness, and despair that drive some individuals to commit suicide out of utter desperation, and, for the first time, I truly felt compassion for them.

The past years have also become a major spiritual crisis for me: I started to doubt the Truth teaching and the workings of my own spiritual process. I was holding on to my mystical and meditative practice only by a thin thread of spiritual truth from St. Paul’s writings: His statement that absolutely nothing separates us ever from the love of God (or from our oneness with God, for that matter).

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, NLT)

Contemplating that particular aspect of mystical truth is sustaining me and has been uplifting my soul. Now I can begin to see how change is like a second chance at life — not human life, but the authentic life of the Spirit this time — a chance to be born all over again into God-Consciousness, as the Master Yeshua taught and directed.

In just a few years, I shall be counting the 60s of this present human lifetime. I am finishing what is supposed to be the golden years of the 50s. Now I fully understand why the 50s are golden: They can be truly spiritually transformative if we can consent to and let the changes that accompany those years transform us as they are meant to — which is to unfold spiritually in a significant manner through a major letting go of the ego and our human state of consciousness.
 

2011 Awakening

"Happy New Year" from the Peanuts Gang

Charlie Brown and his gang celebrate the New Year.

In a couple of days we shall be ushering into our collective experience the new year, 2011. As you already know from our studies of evolving human consciousness (or unfolding spiritual consciousness) in the manner of the Keating-Wilber and Calleman models, the moment draws near when the final evolutionary phase of human consciousness emerges in our experience of the external world. In anticipation of 2011, I invite you to witness and participate in the wonderful completion of creation (as foretold by the Mayan calendar) and to experience the fulfillment of a most glorious spiritual awakening and illumination as had been laid out in the Divine Plan mentioned by St. Paul. The fullness of time and change has come and is now upon us, and we and our life experience are about to be transformed “in the twinkling of an eye.”   2011 is the year of our illumination.


I thank all who have been a gracious blessing to me and a channel of good in one way or another, and who continue to support the consciousness-transforming work we do at the vineyards of the Spirit. I decree and acknowledge for you nothing less than the total realization of God-Consciousness in 2011, the fulfillment of our common and ultimate destiny in the Christ-Spirit.
My official electronic signature/card for email correspondences.

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About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in over 30 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation. Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways, enabling others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning the Truth teaching and living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area in a classroom, lecture, workshop or group practice setting, for over fifteen years. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing through the practice of contemplation or meditation, as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. He remains firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.
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4 Responses to Change and a Glorious Spiritual Awakening in 2011

  1. theprocessserver says:

    Change? Who wants to change? Being comfortable is the major aspect of the human condition. Change threatens this causing a major conflict of ego. I also have been through a wide spectrum of personal difficulties these last several years. Only to look for a place to be comfortable and coming to back the same place where my ego is in control. The past year I have spent more time in spiritual growth than any other part of my life. Coming to the same conclusion that you have, in order to move forward we have to change. Allowing this change heals not only the mind but the spirit. This article is true for me in so many ways. Thanks for the inspirational reading.
    Check out my blog http://www.comfortableinpain.wordpress.com

    • Thank you for visiting the Contemplating Truth blog site. Thank you especially for the appreciative comment you posted. Please subscribe to our blog in case you haven’t, and fellowship with us as we all complete our spiritual journey to wholeness and the fullness of life and of being.

      I know the spiritual journey has been difficult and painful for you as it has been for me too, but take heart and keep moving forward in life even if only one day at a time or one moment at a time. There is an aspect of our being — that spirit of the Christ in us — which has already overcome the world (i.e., the human condition) and the trials and tribulations the world brings. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33, KJV] If we keep awareness focused on the Christ-Truth, we shall be lifted up by the Christ from the human condition. We shall receive the inner strength, courage and ability to transcend our personal difficulties.

      At this point of historical time in 2011 (chronos), we are entering into the experience of what is referred to as kairos or divine time, where a dramatic change or shift in our state of consciousness, individually and collectively, is taking place. It is a difficult period of human life we are going through, as we struggle to let go our human ego’s attachments and resistance to the ultimate cosmic change happening to us.

      I often compare it to the champagne inside the bottle which, once the bottle is uncorked, rushes out in a mad frenzy, squeezing its precious liquid content through the very narrow neck of the bottle in an uncontrollable and forceful manner, to emerge and gush forth like a geyser from its bottle. That is how life is for us at this moment: It is like our spiritual contents are being squeezed out through the narrow neck of our human bottles.

      I have visited your blog site, Comfort in Pain. It is lovely how you have painted it with the beautiful expressions of your soul. Press on, brother, the daybreak is close, very close at hand.

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  3. 11OrangeAnkh11 says:

    Wow. Beautiful! This resonates with me because I have gone through this too. Letting go of the resistance to allowing Life to unfold however it naturally will unfold. Allowing the inevitability of change in, fully and lovingly. Having the courage to rise from the ashes of the Life I seemed to have created, in order to allow the Life that resonates with my heart, soul, and Being. Thank you for sharing this and sharing your story, Marc. Peace and Love! 🙂

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