O’Shea: “Many of us who think of ourselves as being “on the path” also have a tendency to buy into the notion that along with that commitment comes a responsibility to always be “high,” to be an unfailing expression of a totally cooked, spiritually evolved humanity. Rather than dedicating our spiritual energies ... to attempt to transcend our humanity for some kind of otherworldly state of eternal bliss ... we are here to refine the quality of our humanity, to go beyond focusing on getting and staying “high” and dedicate our spiritual inquiry to the liberating practice of getting “free!”
“We are going to find freedom through our life experiences, not in spite of them. There are absolutely no errors in the system. That’s hard to acknowledge many times in those moments of extreme duress when the universe seems totally committed to raining on your parade.
“Plato said, “To know God is to know the laws, and to feel the goodness of the laws is to praise God.” It’s a real stretch to feel the goodness of the law. ... We are simply incapable of seeing the goodness of the law if our minds are drugged by the love of pleasure and the rejection of pain.
“It’s your life. It’s your curriculum. Embrace it all to the best of your ability. Give thanks when life invites you to the dance and then steps on your toes.”
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