Are their some days when you wonder if you have actually made any spiritual progress? There you are, doing your lessons every day, attending your favorite study group, reading the articles and blogs to keep you on track. And - BAM! Ego strikes a low blow. Jealousy curdles your insides, anger fires up a dose of acid reflux, guilt lowers your head and bends your back with its weight making you cringe your way back to bed like a dog waiting to be kicked.
Do those days happen just a little too often?
Well, there is a section in A Course in Miracles that reassures. (Paraphrasing just a little) When you have made progress ego gets really nervous and grabs you by the back of the neck and drags you back into the old coping methods of guilt, anger and fear.
So, doesn’t that make you feel just a tiny bit better? Falling backwards may be a necessary step in moving forward.
Now, for those of you who would like a bit more precise reassurance about how far you have actually come, there is a chart with informative chapter in “Sacred Steps, A Program for Soul Progression – Ancient Yoga and A Course in Miracles” that describes the levels of growth we all must go through. The chapter can help you place yourself on a scale of soul progression.
There is also a parallel chart that will give you an idea of how fully you are actualizing what you have learned. Yes, that is a bummer, but unfortunately true, you can learn quite a bit and yet utilize only a fraction of that knowledge. As the Course has told us there are always many tools in the world that can keep you on the straight and narrow. The Sacred Symbols focusing tool offered in “Sacred Steps” is designed to keep your brain, your commitment and your actual progress in lock step so that what you learn is what you actually demonstrate. What you know, you are.
Once more we must be patient and forgiving of ourselves, keep up with our commitment to our studies, roll with ego’s punches and allow those luscious holy instants to come at just the right times. Remember. . .
“Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain.” A Course in Miracles
(If you are intrigued by the Soul Progession chart and want extra help to keep you focused on your path, try “Sacred Steps”, using ancient Yoga methods. You can find this program in the column to the left.)