The following is written by a dear friend, Ray. I met Ray at Unity Eastside where we were co-teachers of the Uniteens. Like others I have mentioned before, I consider Ray one of my spiritual companions! He has also been a dedicated reader of this blog from the very beginning!
It was a Friday and I had just returned from a conference in Palm Beach where I had been part of a team that had facilitated a workshop for those with developmental disabilities. I was full of myself and couldn’t wait to share my successful experiences with my wife of two years and my newborn son as well as her two boys. Imagine my shock when I walked into an empty, newly purchased home. She had left me. I walked around in a daze for that weekend and felt that on Monday my life would again reflect some kind of normalcy when I returned to work. Upon arriving Monday, the Program Director called me into his office and told me that the program was going in another direction and my position was being eliminated. My world was turned upside down. Suddenly all the things that I thought provided meaning in my life were gone. I had no savings, no means of support, and no future prospects. What was I to do? Life has a way of providing solace and opportunities to grow if we listen to our indwelling spirit. But then I knew nothing of an indwelling spirit. I lived totally from my ego self which I defined as the sum of all the learning and experiences that had occurred in my life. There was no other source that defined who I was. In an alone and depressed state, messages or guideposts started appearing in my life. I had no idea where they came from but there were suggestions that I was to act on certain impulses. I learned to trust and follow those impulses. This was, I learned, the inner higher self that we are all created to be but which is smothered by the conditioning (or programming) that has occurred since birth. Slowly, and I mean over a period of years, I began to change. In retrospect, this is what I’ve learned. I must pay attention to the higher consciousness in my life. That higher consciousness has only one request. I must express love. To do so, I must overcome the lower self judgments that I’ve learned here in earth school. I must guard my thoughts and discern events in my life through a filter consisting of “is this an expression of my higher self or predicated upon conditioned programming?”. So where am I right now? Well, I’m still here and learning lessons every day. My purpose is to express joy and happiness to all that I meet and to live passionately in service to others. I’m sure there will be other changes in my life and I look forward to them with a positive expectancy.