Over the holidays I re-read a book called Testimony of Light by Helen Greaves. It’s a personal favorite!
The material is channeled with Helen as the conduit for her recently-passed friend Frances Banks. There is much sharing from Frances about joy and relaxation being the doorway to spiritual awareness. Frances worked hard (even serving as a nun for some years of her latest incarnation) to pursue knowledge of God, break through, and access spiritual wisdom.
Now out of the body, Frances is able to see that what she sought was within her all the while. She speaks of the wisdom available in deep relaxation, meditation, going within, stopping trying, and allowing joy. She shares that we easily become attached to our struggles and pain in Earth and become driven to seek outside us for what is within.
In her speaking, she still uses some of the language of the religious patriarchy. We all see reality through a set of filters. Blessedly, those filters are removable and we see a significant shift in France’s tone in later pages of the book.
As she recovers from the dogmatic control of her time as a nun, she talks of the futility of all she withheld from herself in human experience in the mistaken belief that particular forms of sacrifice would bring her closer to God/Spirit. She now remembers she is God/Spirit embodied, and that joy is the signpost of the soul path.
What a lovely reminder as we share the blessing of a new year! As you ride the wave of creativity in the new calendar cycle, consider what is joyous for you rather than how to “improve” yourself.
Remember that we not only see spirit through a set of filters/beliefs, but we see ourselves through a set of lenses as well. The glasses tend to skew the truth rather than magnify it. Perhaps you see yourself as “not good enough,” or “too sensitive,” or any of the other myriad lies we tend to allow. In truth, you are a magnificent being in the journey of Earth; come to grow, to know yourself as spirit, and to express your light in the world.
May this be the year you clear your vision, free yourself, and begin to walk your soul path of joy.