In the growth process, service, devotion, and contemplation help drive our process forward. There are a number of other words we can use to mean the same, like surrender, inquiry, karma, and so forth. But these words describe natural tendencies rather than formal techniques we should adopt and apply religiously.
They are natural ways of being. Does service or contemplation come naturally to you? Then give it space in your life and allow it to unfold. Formal techniques of this type encourage attempts to manage or control our experience. Then it’s just ego. But the right approach will find us less bound and more settled. We’ll be acting from who we are rather than what someone said.
The style and combination of approach will be uniquely ours as will what we discover through it. While we’ll reflect a common reality, our perspective will always be a little unique.
At a certain point, our experiences come with understanding or clarity. While our attention directs the unfolding, it also becomes clear we’re guided. Our growth is supported and directed.
The experiences and understanding also have to be digested. And that digestion process can open new avenues where we notice something is unclear or unseen. To unfold that we bring a natural dose of devotional surrender, active service or contemplative inquiry.
Such exploration drives some of the articles on this blog. While I could talk of my own particular take and experience, it’s more universal to talk about what I’ve learned from that. Certainly the result will be filtered through this lens but I find the learning more important than the passing experience.
Of course, this means observations on this blog are notations in time. If you’ve been reading for awhile or read some of the earlier articles, you’ll see how the observations have changed. The older observations don’t become wrong – they describe that part of the process. Rarely have I needed to edit anything of import because the wording turned out to be off. But it is certainly relative to the time.
While we all enjoy one reality, there are many, many perspectives. Together, all perspectives in all time reflect the whole.