The plans, assumptions, expectations that drive us reach their conclusion before we do.
The imagery of the Tower card of the Major Arcana is a metaphor for the structure of our lives collapsing after being struck by a bolt of lightning. A complete cataclysm - the very end of the structure and fabric of the life expected and experienced by the man seen falling (jumping?) from the tower before being trapped in the rubble. All the institutions in which he believed, and perhaps the security of his relationships, and his physical and material well being simply gone. The proverbial bottom.
In each of my radio interviews, I ask the guest to describe their path to the work and life that now engages them. Every one of them has their Tower card story, when it all fell down. Some refer to it as their "dark night of the soul." For some of us, things remain OK materially but life simply goes to shades of grey and we know that we're missing something important. Others experience a literal destruction of their way of life.
But the theme today is finding your way to a new kind or level of light. Not by "lightwashing" or "bypassing" the tough questions before us, but by doing the hard work of understanding what put us there, and the beliefs and adaptations we made to destructive experiences that caused us to shrink, or lose a part of ourselves, in the process of moving forward. And those hidden obstacles cause us to approach similar or new experiences with fear unless we work through them fully.
A Course in Miracles says that the opposite of love is fear, and they cannot exist simultaneously in any mind or heart. The love of our Creator is always around us and available to us at every moment, but we can’t feel it when we are being consumed by fear.
And yet even then, the memory of love tells us it is always there – if we can release the obstacles to perceiving it, knowing it, and feeling it. Which means, releasing our fear.
I have said before that all our experiences are lessons for the growth and evolution of our immortal souls. Some like to say we chose the things that happen to us which, when you look at the extremes of deprivation and pain that exist in some parts of the world and our communities, seems like an incredibly cruel way of blaming the victim. So let's think of it differently.
The way I see it, we didn’t ask for the specifics, but we know there are going to be challenges, lessons to learn. That's why we're here. And whatever comes our way we have a choice – to use it as a lesson for growth, or evade it. Whatever form of darkness descends on us, we have it within us to find our way back to the light. That journey is a sacred path. Because the growth and evolution of our souls is our sacred work, and we accomplish it through our experiences, our relationships, and how we contribute to the world.
At the very least, we can make the choice to maintain our hope - which is the next card in the Major Arcana, the Star. And we can maintain our willingness to love those around us. Some of the most extraordinary stories of redemption and compassion occur in some of the worst places and situations, told about people who maintained their capacity to love and continued to serve others around them in the worst of circumstances.
It is a story that begins in Aura’s Native Romania, on the day "Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown in a violent revolution and fled from the capital, Bucharest. Three days later, he and his wife Elena were executed by firing squad. It was the last of the popular uprisings against communist rule in eastern Europe that year "*The book is the story of Aura’s experience as a young woman coping with tumultuous life events and finding meaning and redemption in her life and experience.
And after talking with Aura, it is very clear that no one will ever be able to close her open heart.
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