Spiritual Practice--Part Two

You know the scenario—you are sitting on an airplane, waiting to take off and they ask for your undivided attention while they go over the safety rules. Blah, blah, blah…is what most of us hear. We’ve heard it a million times. “In case of a drop in pressure, an oxygen mask will drop from the ceiling. Place your own mask on first before assisting someone else.” Well, duh.

We live on a wounded planet. In essence, there has been a major drop in cabin pressure. God sent down a safety mask to keep us from perishing. Have you put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others?

The thing that you automatically can conclude from this metaphor is that you have to leave the mask on. You can’t just put it on occasionally and hope to remain conscious (awake and aware). Many people are in a stupor spiritually because they are oxygen (Spirit) deprived.

This tendency in trying to do good and walk the path of light without staying connected to Source is an aspect of the wounded feminine in our world. The wounded feminine within us suggests that it is selfish to spend time on ourselves--in reflection, in study, in prayer, and in meditation. The wounded feminine believes that others are worthy of our time, but not ourselves.

The majority of women and men that I know struggle to balance everything they are supposed to do in their lives--squeezing in a little time now and then to nurture themselves and maintain a connection to God.

God has asked for our undivided attention in order to give us the information we need to survive in an oxygen-deprived planet. Too often, all we hear is blah, blah, blah. Sacred writings and the Spirit guide us into an understanding of what God is trying to communicate to us about survival in this world. By opening our hearts and minds to God in meditation and prayer, we can be personally instructed by Spirit.

All healing begins by opening ourselves up (submitting) to a Higher Power to work within us. God has to have access to our hearts and that requires that we make some time to listen and learn.

Begin by starting each day with a conversation with God that simply invites Spirit into your life for that day. Ask for guidance and assistance. Make choices that create more space for Spirit-filled moments.

Remember; put your own mask on first before assisting others.