Saturday, March 16, 2013

Alienation

Eckhart Tolle states, “Many people who are going through the early stages of the awakening process are no longer certain what their outer purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives them. Seeing the madness of our civilization so clearly, they may feel somewhat alienated from the culture around them. Some feel that they inhabit a no-man's-land between two worlds. They are no longer run by the ego, yet the arising awareness has not yet become fully integrated into their lives. Inner and outer purpose have not merged.” 

With these words, Tolle captures the essence of the growing process when we align ourselves with Spirit. When we open our spiritual eyes, and as changes begin to occur in our lives, a feeling of separateness sometimes sets in. We feel disconnected from the things we thought would fulfill us. We find ourselves outgrowing the material world. The alienation we feel initially is normal and is to be expected on our newfound journey with Spirit. We may find ourselves alone, yet oddly enough, we don’t feel lonely. Instead, we feel a strange peace.

Alienation, in this sense, is the “spiritunity” that nudges us toward our Highest Self. It can be viewed as part of the evolutionary process in our spiritual growth. We no longer feel the need to sow our oats or to rule the world. We don’t care about making millions or being trendy. We don’t care if we don’t fit in with the in-crowd anymore. We begin to crave solitude and peace. We explore our creative side. We appreciate the small things that we overlooked in the past. We feel something greater leading us beyond ourselves. When we are ready, we say goodbye to our former self and our old ways that held us back from our evolution, and we embrace a life from a new perspective with a renewed mind.

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