“Spirit is forever taking form and forever deserting the form which it has taken….any form which is not of the original harmony is subject to change. Spirit is changeless reality. It is never bound by the form it takes, and is not affected by any apparent cause of condition, but is forever free.”
I am so grateful for the changeless, the invisible and unseen that is always there, back of everything. This changeless reality is Love, is Peace, is Harmony, is Divine Right Order, and is to be counted on! It is always accessible to us when we pause or have a “timeout” and we go within. There, the changeless abides, there I find peace and bliss and serenity. I am deeply grateful for these qualities of Spirit, that are part of me, as my Divine Inheritance.
The material world, in contrast, is always in a state of flux. Like Holmes said, it is constantly shifting and taking form, then deserting that form. It is so apparent in Nature – leaves shedding themselves from deciduous trees, caterpillars to cocoons to butterflies, the dramatic seasons, weather, and the death of sentient beings, though I know death is truly transitioning to another world we cannot see.
Relationships shift and change, children grow up, people age and jobs start and end and people move to other places. As one of my students recently said, “We humans should be taught in school early on that life is all about change.” Then maybe we wouldn’t fight or struggle so much as divorce happens or illness comes or graduations happen. We would accept it better knowing how natural it truly is.
I know as I have become more spiritually mature, it is easier for me to know that change can possibly hold promise, rather than be the end of something, and be a reason for grief or sadness. Still, I sometimes get stuck. Change can definitely knock me off center at times.
Change that can rock my world to varying degrees includes my computer breaking down since it is a primary source of income and communication; realizing a break-up is necessary after so many years; watching someone I dearly love battle with a terminal illness and then leave this world; moving when it’s called for; losing jobs; estrangement with family; and the worst I can think of, suicide by a young family member.
And there is change that is chosen to enhance one’s life — it is not always thrust upon us, thankfully.
What holds me together when my stable world gets rocked by a seismic shift is the knowing and connecting to the Truth of me, to the Truth of all life, which is that we are eternal beings, and it helps to remember “This, too, shall pass” and guess what? It always does. It helps me to let my essence be an observer and know on deep levels that this life on earth is temporal – that I can be like a river and flow with the changes that will always be around the bend.
Accepting, allowing, going with the flow. Letting myself meditate so I can feel that peace that passeth all understanding, the bubbling bliss, the serenity that IS there as I touch into my eternal being. It is the changeless dancing with change!
It’s not always easy remembering this. Sometimes I sink into fear or despair over life’s transitory nature but then I do remember, and remembering brings solace and inner peace, and helps me meander down the river of Life, without fighting the current. To know all of this is wisdom which has come to me with the aging process, and I am in deep gratitude for all the changes in my own life which brought me here, to a greater understanding.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – Infinite.” William Blake