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Spiritual Evolution

It is March 24, 2020. Last night it snowed 3 inches. I love snow. I love winter. My morning readings were particularly wise. Or perhaps I especially needed wisdom and just received what is always there. I took what I read and it percolated in me on our walk.

The reading was the following from “Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey Into the Sacred” by Megan Don. I hope it’s okay to share it with you here.

“By experiencing separation from our divine source, we also come to see ourselves as separate from one another, whether it be through difference in culture, religion, or species. Our spiritual history is and has been a slow process of evolution. It is bringing us back into a place of unity – with our divine source, with ourselves and with others. An acutely dire but seemingly necessary experience for our spiritual growth entails coming into complete consciousness of the separation. By doing so, we open the way for the unity to occur. This dynamic is found among most mystics and is known as the “dark night of the soul.” Many people today are living in a state of separation without conscious awareness of doing so. They are also unaware of the light of unity that awaits them. Conversely, those entering the final purification know that there is always light after loss…

The dark night of the soul can be a time when people become lost and return to their old ways of living, forgetting the love that previously shone in their hearts. Or it can be a time of moving into a more mature spirituality. Love for the Beloved is no longer only about joyful emotions but is a true surrender of self. A sense of selflessness, and an ability to love for love’s sake alone, is born.

Let us join with the mystics in learning that we all come from the same divine source and that we can all actively participate in bringing a message of peace to our world through our daily living.”

May we all be well, happy and peaceful.

Love & Light,


4 Comments to Spiritual Evolution

  1. Mary Jones-Bryant's Gravatar Mary Jones-Bryant
    March 25, 2020 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your morning reading. Love it! I love snow, too and sadly, we didn’t get much this year in Maryland. Have a great day and stay safe.

    Much love always,


  2. March 25, 2020 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Yes, I too love snow. Just look …the cold is both chilling to the body and the visual through our eye in only a limited pristine moment. Nature is present with changes in temperature light will alter the setting. It’s a physical memory in a specific time with our perspective being a moment to refocused.
    It is with respect for something greater I know it will allow me to be central in a specific visual space for that instant. I wonder out further with my eyes and heart notice more. Our world opens differently.
    This means I remain open to all that is there. Embrace it all. I love remaining focused from a small mental stir to the embrace of nature I acknowledge at its fullest. Whether it be a branch in the distance seen overcome from Natures weight that snow. Be thankful to see this is a gift of letting go and letting in a deeper embrace than a pretty moment it’s a gift that has complexity. I remain open to it all and embrace the moments chill.

    Then I remember-progress not perfection. And who determines perfection? Whose doctrines? We must always progress with love and openness or we will miss life’s purposeful direction.

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