It’s likely that at some point in our journey, spiritually-minded people come across someone whose life is in a shambles. This is not a judgment – it’s what they share with us.
In fact, I recently heard someone say this about their spiritual Center:
“There are so many people that need this teaching!”
No argument here. There are indeed multitudes of people who can benefit from the teachings of many metaphysical teachers,…if they are willing to take the first step.
Restoration, healing, peace, abundance and more are available to those willing and able to lift their heads and imagine a better moment, a better hour, a better day, a better year.
In John chapter 5 the Christian text outlines the story of the man by the healing pool.
Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.John 5:2-9
When an angel disturbed the water in the pool, the first person to enter the water was healed, but no one else received healing benefits until the next time an angel came and stirred the waters.
When the teacher Jesus asks the man if he wants to get well, he doesn’t say “Yes!” but instead complains about how everyone and everything is preventing him from reaching his goal.
We all know someone (maybe several someones!) who can recite a grocery-list of reasons why they aren’t happy, peaceful, content, healthy, etc. (you’re thinking of them right now, aren’t you?)
While we can recommend a book or invite them to a metaphysical talk; the reality of the situation is that until they decide to “pick up their mat and walk“, they won’t hear the message, see the miracles, or feel the motivation. Spiritual journeys are intensely personal undertakings.
The lame man gets a lot of the press in this story, but an equally compelling aspect involves the multitude of people he complained about. They got information on how to heal and acted on it. They saw an opportunity to heal, and headed to the pool!
When told to get up and walk by someone in an authority position, the man did just that. But for many years before, he seemed unable to do this for himself. He had watched others heal themselves and surely had some concept of what he needed to do to achieve the same. Still he remained in a diminished capacity for 38 years.
Several metaphysical lessons emerge from this one story.
- we need to avoid complaining and blaming everyone/everything for our problems
- we need to make sure we’re not staring at the solution to our challenges day in and day out, and missing it by focusing on what others are/aren’t doing to us or for us
- when the Universe asks us if we want to be healed, the answer is YES!
Some people will see our lives as examples and want to learn more. When they reach out, it’s time to open the door. Our job is twofold: to make sure we’re not the man complaining by the healing pool – and to shine our Light for others (e.g. point the way to the pool).
Lastly, until we can walk on water, we should probably tamp down the urge to tell wounded people to take up their mats and walk.
When we are living, breathing examples of abundance, health, peace, joy (& more) in the world, we’ll attract others to us who are ready to “get into the pool”.
And so it is.
(C) 2019 Practitioner’s Path