Growth... Staring Into the Abyss

For millennia, it’s been understood by many religions (in one way or another) that God or the universe is inside and outside of us – we are one. If we can accept what is inside the microcosm, is also outside, in the macrocosm – we are our own universes and gods which have ultimate control over what we do and whether we improve our situation in life or not. They knew that ‘the path to god’ or enlightenment or our best self is the most difficult to walk. We face our greatest demons and see ourselves for who we really are by introspecting ourselves, which most aren’t prepared to even take the first step in doing – seeing themselves for the first time.

Many times, it takes a huge trauma to kick us into being reactive with our physical, mental and spiritual growth. One way of using our awareness to develop proactive growth would be having awareness of the universe, life or God (however you want to look at it) teaching us lessons. If we aren’t aware or ignore these lessons and don’t learn, they will get harsher and harsher until we learn. Once we learn, we will then be tested, again building on what we have now gained to develop our inner strength and resilience!

There is a great amount of truth in the old saying. “Every cloud has a silver lining,” it’s just that some are harder to find than others however, they are there if we look hard enough!

If we can dig deep for that needed determination and courage to step out of our comfort zone to take the longest and most painful look in the mirror one will ever take, it will ultimately be the most blissful and rewarding.

We can access all of this knowledge most efficiently by meditating in a variety of ways while asking ourselves what our weaknesses are. If this is difficult, ask in an alternative way, such as, “How can I be my best self?” or “How can I be better?” or “What can I improve on?” – All of which relate to the bigger question of, “Who am I?”

To add more power, we can verbally demand from ourselves, as well as mentally. These can include: Eyes closed; eyes open, looking at an object however, focused on the gap between your eyes and the object; eyes open looking into the mirror, and writing the question on paper over and over until you answer, or any other technique. Demand your answers if you’re not getting them and give yourself a good amount of time to listen for the answer. Ideal communication is talking 20% and listening 80%.

As Nietzsche said (in a slightly different context), “And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you”. This is when we start getting the answers from our subconscious.

Ultimately, if we can’t be honest with ourselves about our strengths and weaknesses then not only will we not grow, we won’t even see who we are to begin with.