Spiritual Autobiography – Ages 59-64 (Part Ten)

July 28, 2008

[Continuing with extracts from my journal, written while backpacking through the Wyoming High Desert]


As I walk, this thought comes to me: scientists tell us that our planet – after it had cooled from it’s original, primordial fire – was a planet of water and rock enveloped in a blanket of air; and it is the vulnerability of the rock to the forces of wind and water through countless millions of storms that has created sand, which plant life has turned into soil. All that we are and all terrestrial life on this planet depends on the vulnerability of rock.

Does the rock spirit know that one day its home will be reduced to sand? Does the great earth spirit know that one day the earth will be swallowed up by the sun? Do we truly know our own death?

In  the face of this, how can we turn to the words that begin A Course in Miracles: “Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists. Therein lies the peace of God”?—only by looking to the spiritual that is behind the physical. If we are eternal beings with a core, eternal, invulnerable essence, then we trust that Source provides a home for Its creations and draws them back to Itself. In the end, the vulnerability may be the drawing back that brings us to higher and higher spiritual levels.


You may think you’ve been given a goal, when in fact you’ve been given a direction. Never ask for goals.  Ask for directions.

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