As we faithfully travel our life’s journey, we often reach a point when our previous ways of being, thinking, believing and/or doing no longer work. While this realization may be scary, it’s also liberating because it frees us to discern how we truly wish to live. It invites us to discover what serves our lives the most. It encourages us to live the truly balanced life we seek. Ultimately, it draws us out of the shallows of Tip-of-the-Iceberg/Second-Hand Living.
Perhaps, Blessed Reader, you recognize those shallows: Where we forever seek, though rarely find. Dabble a bit here and there. Live vicariously through social media, movies or television. Indulge in substances or behaviors which rarely nourish or satisfy. Where we stay stuck because we think we’re safe. Or because we falsely believe that if we wish hard enough for something to happen that the God of attraction and magical thinking will do things our way, wave a wand, and change our lives for us.
When we remain in the shallows, rather than venturing into the depths, we usually miss the beautiful, sacred, still small voice — or loud, clanging gong — which always seeks our attention. This voice is the wisdom and intuition within us, urging us to go beyond the shallows, so we can live our true life purpose.
When we ignore our still, small voice, we stifle the awesome, creative, divine presence of God within us. We neglect our own self-care by refusing to put on our own oxygen masks first. We limit our personal potential by denying our authenticity. In the process, we may feel physically depleted, especially because we lose our connection to God and we forget to trust our own hearts. Our hearts, which continually call us to leave the shallows and explore new depths.
To truly discern our life purpose – our highest calling – we need to dive deep, into ourselves, and into silence and stillness, so we can connect with God. In the depths, we discern and know intuitively, through spiritual understanding, wisdom and faith, the truth of ourselves and our lives – the stuff we like and the stuff we don’t. This process of discernment helps us see beyond outer appearances to infinite possibilities, so we can live as we truly desire.
The only way to discern our true hearts’ desires is to give up Tip-of-the-Iceberg/Second-Hand Living and move into the depths, an often untested or uncharted territory. In the depths, we understand – perhaps for the first time – that anything less than living our personal truth and making our dreams come true will not work.
In Part 2, a story about finding treasures in the deep and some practical ways to navigate the depths.
© 2016 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks. All rights reserved.