Living with Uncertainty
Uncertainty is a powerful truth of this existence. It’s impossible to be certain of anything except two things: everybody dies and everyone without exception suffers as a consequence of being born. It’s only in the human animal that the uncertainty of living is made problematical. The rest of the species exist in harmony with the ever-changing moment; to them there’s no distinction between life and death in their instinctual innocence as spontaneous expressions of the creative principle.
The world exists as an enormous magnet of propaganda to insulate the masses from the awful truth – that there’s no future in existence apart from death. Science and religion, upheld as the bastion of western civilisation, are unable to impart any real knowledge which would fundamentally reverse the human condition of unhappiness. The overall effect of this lopsided way of life is a global neurosis which heightens fear whenever personal security is threatened or suggests that the path ahead is anything but certain. What’s usually overlooked however is that uncertainty, when consciously faced and perceived in context of life’s totality, is the creative aspect of being.
By the way of things, difficulties are unavoidable and sometimes just coping is all that can be done. However, life always provides the solution in the living process to dispel any of the negative effects of living a narrow personal existence. This is especially so when someone begins to come alive by refusing to compromise with the fluctuating feelings of the emotional self and indulgence in habitual activities which deplete the vital life in the body. With the new energy available through harnessing the power, events and happenings are perceived afresh, and actually start to mirror the workings of the inner mystery behind the appearance of the world. Then the challenges and stresses of everyday life can be scrutinised with the developing spiritual perception that reveals new insights and the appropriate action for any situation.
The spiritual task for anyone inwardly inspired is to be willing to transcend the restrictive mores of society that offer hope for the future. The paradox is that the desire for spiritual liberation, when it becomes the main focus of the life, sets in motion circumstances that often contradict the worldly notions of being good or holy. From a spiritual perspective, setbacks or situations that don’t turn out as expected can be most productive in terms of self-knowledge. This is the virtue of consciousness that is invoked through the endeavour to be more responsible and free in existence. As a particular area of the life is transformed or harmonised, the individual feels a greater freedom since more light or love can enter the surface awareness as a direct communication from the Source.
It’s due to the enormous demands on the individual, both inwardly and externally, that spiritual liberation is so rare. The difficulty is containment of the negative emotional energies which rise up as blandishments, accusations and self-doubt as the personal self reacts with vehemence to the intrusion of its domain. The uncertainty at times can be almost overwhelming as life puts on the pressure to test the resolve to persevere. As the self’s position within the subconscious is undermined in the light of clarified consciousness, the person can feel that they’re going mad or losing their identity. The saving grace is that we human beings have a built-in protection mechanism that ensures that spiritual purity or power is filtered in proportion to the self-knowledge of the man or woman. This means that no-one has to face anything beyond their psychological and emotional threshold.
As self-knowledge deepens, there’s a growing awareness of reduced anxiety in challenging situations that in the past would have caused great distress and uncertainty. The integrity of life ensures that what’s provided at any moment is sufficient for the needs of the situation. In living the divine life – which is to simply divine within the body the good or God that has no opposite – the personal self must eventually be reduced to unite with the original state of being. Since money is the root of all evil (which means it represents the false god of the world) there can be severe financial hardship, but only to the degree necessary to break any attachment to material security. This can last many years, but with the knowledge that the uncertainty of living is gradually being transformed to a higher octave of truth.
During these various phases of the spiritual life, the utterances of gratitude for that which is provided accelerates the process since suffering is only necessary until the job’s done. It’s a beautiful death to willingly surrender to the mystery of life and to acknowledge wherever possible the privilege to love, if only to pause to inhale the fragrance of the flower or, in a partnership, for the beauty and grace of the beloved, the mirror in existence of love behind the form