W. Was a Decider; It Can’t Be That Hard.

February 21, 2009

We agonize over which direction to go, which step to take first, because we want to make the ‘right’ choice. As we mull over our options, we get bogged down  in the emotional language of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. In the process it becomes difficult to sense what we wanted to do in the first place.

I think that in many cases, we’ve  not asked the question we really want answered. If we haven’t asked the question, we can’t get the information we’re seeking.

When we say we want to make the ‘right’ choice, what we really mean is that we want to make the ‘easy’ choice—the decision that will have the fewest ramifications and require the least amount of work, hassle, and explaining.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

So if what we really want is to make the easiest choice, then we should ask that question  to get the answer we need in order to proceed. There is nothing wrong with wanting to walk the path of least resistance. It’s efficient, clean, and direct. No judgment there. When we ask the question this way, we’re not cluttering the decision making process with our ideas about right and wrong, and about all the different  consequences with their attendant judgments. If we want to proceed in the direction that will get us to where we want to go the fastest, with as few obstacles as possible, then we must ask that question specifically. “What is the easiest thing I can do now?”

I’m trying to eliminate the word ‘right’ from my vocabulary. True ethical dilemmas aside, this word is rife with judgments and baggage, and part of the baggage is the word wrong.

We move forward or don’t based on our judgment of pain and failure, versus pleasure and success. Both success and failure are temporary, so why judge them and make the feelings associated with any experience linger long after it naturally passes? This again requires diligent presence and awareness of the moment. This is what the energy of the number 5 (in numerology) teaches us. To remain emotionally supple and open, letting experience pass through us instead of closing around it, blocking off possibility.


Station V: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

March 20, 2008


Chakra: Throat                         Illusion: Independence

Concern: Expression & Receiving      Revelation: Providence 

We experience divine providence and assistance when we open to the gifts of Spirit. In humility we pray, and in a state of surrendered grace we will receive. Nothing will be denied us.ה

Meditation: I am so grateful for all I have, and for all that I have to give. 

Station IX: Surrendering To All We’ve Become

March 21, 2007

Jesus lies prostrate, as if sleeping and difficult to rouse. His head rests on his arm and his eyes are closed. In the ninth station, he has completely surrendered to the forces about him. Having come through the vast ocean/desert of death in the seventh station, glimpsing eternity in the eighth, something has ended here at his final fall. Nine is the number of completion, the pinnacle of understanding, self-actualization. It is a total becoming and an utter undoing in a single effort.

No longer concerned, or even aware of circumstances around him, Jesus is at peace. The Pharisee in the background points toward the next station. It might be coincidental that his folded arms reveal an index finger pointing eastward. It might not. I noticed it, and I think Spirit intended me to notice.

I also noticed that the Roman numeral IX shows the ‘I’ or the self on the verge of transcendance, or X. The pilgrim has reached a crossroads, an intersection of spirit and matter, of life and death, a point where there is not either/or, but all.

This station arrives back at the throat chakra, where we allow and receive God’s blessings. This requires passivity and the surrendering of doubt. If we can empty the vessel of fear, then Spirit can fill it with peace.