Walking the Path of Transformation does not mean that we remove ourselves from life but that we explore it more deeply. The awakened soul recognizes the value of all events – whether harmonious or challenging – and seeks to discover the gifts that reside within every aspect of the journey.
It is only the ego which demands that the present moment be other than what it is. We create suffering when we long for something to be different, never realizing the empowerment that awaits when we delve beneath the surface to seek the core of love. Judgment is nothing more than a distraction the mind creates to justify a lack of compassion or involvement while blocking our ability to consciously participate with an open heart.
Acceptance means saying yes to life – even the hard parts. The progress of your journey can be measured by the amount of peace you create within your experience. The ego will still make its appearance when you least expect it; however, you may find that you notice it more quickly and bring yourself back into balance. This movement into consciousness is a result of the awakening you have experienced so far. Compare the responses of today to those you might have had a year ago (or five or ten).
Now, contemplating the infinite nature of the Universe, consider all the spiritual work you have already done, the lessons you’ve integrated, the healing you’ve experienced, the gifts of love that you’ve shared with others… all that is merely the tip of the iceberg. The expanding consciousness which awaits us all is nothing like we imagine because it defies all boundaries, limitation and expectation.