Into the Great, Loving Heart

Great Loving Heart

Earth: The Ultimate Testing Ground

We humans are complicated beings. We aren’t born, live and die like so many life forms of the animal, insect and plant kingdoms—we think and feel, have personal viewpoints and opinions about everything. We are two halves of a whole, one light and one dark, which means we have two possible outlooks going at all times. One part of us is connected, courageous and compassionate, while the other is separate, fearful and selfish. It is easy to see why we struggle so much.

I mentioned recently that I may never know the answer to my question, “Why are we born in physical bodies to grow closer to our Creator, a non-physical, spiritual being?” I received my answer last week: Earth is the ultimate testing ground for us and our shadow selves—how will we use our free will? We can do whatever we want to do. We can climb the high road or take the low road. We can give or we can take, use or misuse, shine our inner light or not.

Our shadow-selves, our whiny, wormy Gollum-selves are sneaky. We can believe we’re solidly planted on a spiritual path–for years–only to come across yet another layer of wants or beliefs that are running, dodging and looking for cover, hoping our higher selves won’t see them. (We can’t hide, nor do we need to, from our higher selves.)

No matter how many times our ‘Gollum’ side gets the best of us, we stand and straighten, shake it off, and remember that we are also like the loving, selfless hobbit, ‘Frodo,’ the other half of us who gets the job of ‘knowing ourselves’ done. The complete answer to my question (above) is: Earth is the ultimate testing ground for us and our shadow selves—how will we use our free will? And, as we live and learn, we grow into the tremendous potential of our true selves and find our purpose for being.