You know that warning that parents say to their kids: “We can do this the hard way or the easy way—which do you choose?” It applies to our lives, too, but the ‘easy way’ in being human is the go-with-the-flow path, the trust in the universe path, the letting go to the higher power path. And many of us either aren’t willing to do so (I’ve got places to go, people to see and things to do, dang it!) or we’re so far removed from the concept, it never crosses our minds. We may receive little tickles of truth but they’re not even nudges and they get lost in the activity of living. (It’s the free-will rule.)
And if we do decide to let go to a higher power, there is serious work to be done. Within each of us is a shadow-self that will be transformed along the way—mostly the hard way, kicking and screaming. Why? Because it is the part of us that’s afraid of being lost or ignored or unfulfilled as we ‘become whole’—us and our shadow at last working together as one being.
Sincerity is important in this process—desiring to love God (Him/Her/Love Within) in return keeps us on the path of transformation. When we decide we will look for the best in other people and we begin to see beauty everywhere, we draw the beam of the lighthouse to ourselves. I can’t count the number of times my shadow-self threw a fit, “No, no! Not the Light! Anything but the Light!” Yet, we are two halves of one whole and the journey must be made to end the struggle of being tugged in two directions.