The theme for this morning’s walk was the word inertia. Inertia is an energy state that is basically not moving. There is no change in inertia. We experience the state of inertia as a sense of being stuck. Sometimes people practice acts of discipline for a time and find they feel as though they can go no further. They think they are stuck. ” I am too tired to try it again”, and “‘It will never work for me” are attitudes exemplifying a state of inertia.
This sense of being stuck is an illusion of the external world. Inertia actually stores energy as in a battery. so when one comes out the power of the Divine field is magnified. The state of inertia causes us to question. Questioning leads us to expansion. During a period of inertia, the mystic surrenders to the inertial forces of the Divine field of love and compassion.
St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Albert Schweitzer and others wrote of their experiences of “the dark night of the soul”. This dark night is not
to be confused with depression. It is a season during our growth when we realizes the things we used to do and beliefs we held dear are no longer relevant. We do not yet know what will take the place of those old ways. In that dark night, we are wrestling with uncertainty. When we surrender to the absolute certainty of the Divine consciousness, we begin to move out the state of inertia. Just as there is a purpose for winter in the natural cycle of nature, inertia serves a purpose for expanding our consciousness.
Discipline (meditation, exercise, reading) creates an expansion of spiritual awareness in the field of consciousness, so that energy is able to be focused and a person can reach a level of spiritual power. There is no such thing as impossibility.
Impossibility is an illusion that takes various forms. A seemingly impossible circumstance may not be what one sees or perceives it to be.
So much so, that the state of impossibility is overcome and what we once called “impossible” we now know to be possible There has been a change in the energy state.
There are dramatic accounts of people who have overcome “the impossible”. This happened because they had the power to create through having achieved a state of nothingness (nada). A being then merges with the being known as “the Spirit called by many names” and this Spirit overcomes all impossibilities. When this happens, it is the universal truth that nothing is impossible in action. Limitations are stuck in the stuff of the mind.
From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan. © Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.