"Defer not till the evening, what the morning may accomplish." ~ Unto To Thee I Grant
What a precious gift life is: to be, live, breath, think, aspire, love...
Mysticism has within it's veins the science of Ontology: the study of being.
All of the ancient mysteries schools delved into the mystery of being, including the Egyptian, Greek, Orphic, and Eleusinian. From this perspective, think of the physical world as "resistance"
similar to the weights in aerobics or weight training. If you've done these exercises you know that the additional weight can help your muscles develop in tone and strength. The physical world can be a similar type of "resistance," with resulting spiritual tone and strength.
The early Christian Church included mystery elements (Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why do You speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “The knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them." - Matthew 13:10-11)
The early Church also included spiritual exercises designed to bring one closer to Christ. Some of these exercises included joining the Savior
in the passion and crucifixion
in which the spiritual aspirant must face his or her own death.
Initiatic death has been a part of all Mystery Schools throughout time, including those in Ancient Egypt. Indeed, Temples and yes, even the Pyramids themselves were erected to enhance Higher Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness,
within humanity. That sarcophagus at the center of the King's Chamber in the pyramid of Khufu was not for the burial of a King. It was an initiation chamber where Initiates experienced simulated death via Astral Projection.
This initiation taught them many lessons, but one of the most important was that the body is just a shell that will eventually be left behind and that consciousness will live on.
What would you do if tonight was your last night on earth?
Would you spend it in petty squabbles? Bicker with relatives endless about their faults? Or would you drink in every experience, every nuance with passion? Would you tell those around you how much you love them? Would you ask forgiveness of those you've hurt?
At the core of this wonder of being is the gratitude
we human beings should
feel about it. Also present within this sense of wonder is the implication that we should maximize the opportunities before us. So how does this square with the apparently contradictory doctrine of reincarnation?
If we have endless life times, what's the rush in growing or perfecting ourselves?
While reincarnation is a reality, I can assure you that we have a limited number of lives
to advance our spirituality. I'm not going to go into exactly how many earthly incarnations we have, but I can assure you, it's not in the millions or thousands. It's not even 200. In other words, you don't have forever.
You've been given a rare chance that some beings never get, to develop in ways that can only be accomplished here on the earthly plane!
Your time in the school of life will eventually come to end. Are you going to graduate with an "A" or are you going to flunk out? The choice is yours.
Start this day anew.
Leave the past behind and embrace today!
Let go of things that no longer work. A new future awaits you!
Below is one of my favorites music videos. It captures the spirit of courage that is necessary to be conscious of our limitations and use them to drive us forward to growth and eventually, spiritual perfection. Enjoy.