Yesterday I introduced you to my experience with meditation. And like I said yesterday, when I go within I often receive guidance. The guidance usually comes by way of the “still small voice” (calm and quiet instructions) but sometimes it comes in the form of a vision. I’m in a book group with my friend and meditation teacher, Rob. We have been reading a book by Joel S. Goldsmith. Goldsmith was a great healer, spiritual teacher, and mystic who lived from 1892-1964. His message is as relevant today as it was in the 1950’s when he was speaking to groups all over the world. Meditation is a huge part of Joel’s teachings and he has written at least one book entirely about the subject. So, in the last meeting of the Goldsmith book group we found ourselves in meditation for over one hour. It was really an amazing meditation and I wanted to share with you the message I received because I think it is relevant not just for me, but for everyone.
At one point during the meditation I saw myself in an ocean, my arms hanging over a surf board as I floated gently on the waves. I heard a voice behind me ask “Are you full of life?” I didn’t answer the question, but looked behind me to see an unbelievably enormous wave forming. I’m not a surfer, so you can imagine that I didn’t feel too confident about what I saw coming towards me. At that point the voice said “GET ON!” and a huge hand smacked the board. The sound of the hand hitting the board was enough to startle me out of the vision, but I knew immediately what the message was.
One of my favorite images (that I first read in Eric Butterworth’s book “Discover the Power Within You”) is that of us being waves in the ocean. God is the ocean and our lives are the waves. We are always a part of God but it is up to us to recognize that. It is also up to us to be present and live life to the fullest. I believe that huge wave in the vision represents my life and I have two choices. I can sit here and let it pummel me or I can jump on that board and ride it all the way.