I’ve been lax in posting for a few months – I’ve been in both a creative process and a refinement process. My hand has been in many pots and I’ve been slowly pulling back my energy and refining my vision for The BlueRoof Path. But the refinement process doesn’t end there. I have also been being refined spiritually. There have been times of darkness when I believed I had no purpose, times of light when I could see the path clearly, and times of peace when I stopped to surrender and be led by Spirit. The latter has made all the difference. The Yoga Philosophy calls it tapas; the Bible calls it the Refiner’s Fire…they are speaking of the same things. It is the process of spiritual refinement that we souls-in-human-form undergo on our journey. As humans, this refinement process can be incredibly uncomfortable. Did I put enough emphasis on incredibly there? The big growth – it doesn’t often feel warm and fuzzy and in fact can feel like a tilt-a-whirl caught between dueling fire tornadoes. This discomfort is a signal that something is on offer – that you have the opportunity to clear away some of those pieces that don’t fit the puzzle that is you. When you are attached to the little i-ness, that is – the ego-self, then you can get caught up in the heat feeling lost, scattered, overwhelmed, and alone. But when you surrender into the bigness of you – the I, or Higher Spiritual Self, then you have an inner knowing that can sustain you. You can then not only withstand the heat – but you can relax into it and see what it has for you. Deborah Adele says, in The Yamas & Niyamas, that tapas is “the willingness to be both burned and blessed.” Zechariah 13:9 says, “I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.”
This refinement, the heating up in life, carries a blessing. If you resist – it can get quite hot and uncomfortable, much like when you resist surrendering into Warrior II and become rigid. When you relax into the posture, just like when you relax into what life is offering you, then you can refine your experience of the posture, refine your experience in life, and allow yourself to be refined spiritually to relax into the Truth within you and see the lesson (gift) on offer.
Have you experienced your own Spiritual Refinement? Could you tell a difference from when you surrendered and when you resisted?
I see you,