Practicing the Presence
Transformation through ‘Practicing the Presence’…
One of the main lessons I have learned through my entire spiritual journey is the importance of a Daily Spiritual Practice. Joel S. Goldsmith book ‘Practicing the Presence’ is an entire conversation about this exact topic.
In the introduction is says, “Every person who has known dissatisfaction, incompleteness, and frustration will someday learn that there is only one missing link in this entire chain of harmonious living. That is the PRACTICE of the presence of Divine – consciously, daily and hourly, abiding in some great spiritual truth of scripture, and it makes no difference which scripture.”
It is in the suffering that our determination, will and passion comes for the search of enlightenment. Joel references the great seekers such as Gautama, the Buddha to illustrate this point. He had to become so disenchanted and horrified with this world to do the intense inner work he did under that Bodhi tree. Gautama became Buddha because he worked on becoming one with Divine illumination for 21 years.
Your life becomes your prayer
Often, we get so caught up in the details and forget the bigger picture. Spirituality is a unique relationship between you and your higher self, period. Some people call it the infinite, others call it Divine, another call it Mother Nature, religious people attach it to many names, etc. Does it really matter? Bottom line, is you are either connecting to Source and your higher power or you’re not. You either want it or you don’t. Possibly, hell is in having one foot in and one foot out.
Always remember… The Spirit of Divine is within you!
Goldsmith’s viewpoint is that the only goal in this life is to fully reconnect to Divine. He really identifies with the human condition of long periods of success and happiness, followed by dissatisfaction and unhappiness, followed by contemplation, followed by never-ending cycles of ups and downs, etc. He goes on to make the point that few people will actually take the time to go into meditation for hours a day and commune with Divine. The pain and suffering will grow and they will feel like they are still victims of life, even though they are the only person who can do the work of going within.
He says the secret to life is ONLY looking to Source for fulfillment. He says,”I let everyone go and look only to Divine for what ever it is that, heretofore, I was expecting from man. I am not concerned with whether anybody is grateful or anybody is loving or anybody is just. I just renounce all that. I look for love, justice, recognition, reward, and compensation in, of, and from Divine. To the extent we are willing to let go of the world, we are free from the world.”
Let down by man, blown away by Divine!
So I imagine what it would be like if I freed everyone from any expectations, obligation, judgment, releasing all attachment. I have to admit it felt really scary, maybe a little apathetic and dis-heartening, resigned and cynical…but late at night, when it’s just me and Divine, it feels like the ultimate path… The way! Joel speaks of this path as ….The Infinite Way:
The Infinite Way
The Way…. is through prayer and meditation. (No longer searching for a man in the sky!)
The Where….is within. (All answers are within!)
The When…. is now. (Life is only now!)
The How…. is right action. (Create your life in harmony with which you desire it to be!)
Through a Daily Spiritual Practice of connecting to Divine/Source we emerge to an infinite life beyond our imagination, prophetic and miraculous! Joel reaffirms, “Ask, and it shall be given; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” He goes on to say, “To the degree of intensity with which we knock, search, seek, and plead with determine the degree of the vision we behold. Some will see little, and some will see a great deal, and some will see it all.”
***’Practicing the Presence’ book is heavy on the word God, which I realize for a majority of our culture has a negative cogitation, so I have chosen to implement the word Divine accordingly instead of God.