For the past few months, I’ve been working on my spiritual journey.
It feels like I’m making the trip in an old broken-down jalopy with fits and starts, lots of sputtering, and excruciatingly slow progress toward my destination.
The trip has made me aware of a mystical source of power that is available to those who are serious about doing “soul work.”
After a couple of days of being “stuck in a ditch”, an invisible hand guided my own to pull a worn volume from my library of self-improvement books (most of which deal with diet and fitness, and the power of positive thinking). Positive thinking is a good thing, but it is only a quick fix with no lasting results.
I found myself back in bed this morning, with a cup of coffee and Gary Zukav’s 1990 work entitled “Seat of the Soul.” I devoured it like it was a 2-pound Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! Funny how words will leave you cold one year, then become crystal clear 21 years later.
The chapter on “Choices” really hit home with me. Father John discussed this issue in his homily last Sunday. He said most humans have an angel sitting on one shoulder, and a devil on the other, pulling in opposing directions.
The devil, of course, is the one enticing us toward temptation (to lie, cheat, judge others, and every other dastardly deed we humans inflict on ourselves and everyone in our time zone). He said we can respond to life’s difficulties with compassion and love instead of fear and doubt and foster a little heaven on earth.
Zukav suggests that 10 percent of our heart and souls want to do the honorable, healthy and loving thing, but that 90 percent wants to take the old sloppy, hateful, angry path.
The good news is that God is behind the 10 percent and has immeasurable power to overcome the nasty 90 percent. That’s comforting and we can learn how to flex and grow that 10 percent step by step, choice by choice.
Zukav says temptation can be a good thing, offering us a dress rehearsal to trigger our awareness of the pitfalls of negative action and its destructive results.