Some believe they must suffer in order to find salvation. As they see it, so shall it be. Some believe salvation will come naturally, blissfully, without effort. As they see it, so shall it be. Some believe that salvation must come through intense introspection, intellectual hardship, deep understanding. As they see it, so shall it be. Some believe they must devote themselves to God, surrender totally and without any part left out, in order to find salvation. As they see it, so shall it be. When they finally laugh, they will see it has all been, only because they saw it as such, and the seeing itself created what was believed to be the obstacle. What was always there was that which was able to show whatever it is you chose to project. It is that ‘thing’ which can accommodate any and all projections that is of utmost importance. That is you. That is Christ. That is God. That is Spirit. It is One.
The paths of devotion and introspection merge at the point of Truth. They are not different except in our perception of them. The common denominator is you. You seek, you think, you perceive, you surrender. What you do is not so much the issue as that ‘you’ are doing.
You might ask, then, “How can I not do something? Don’t I have to act in the world?” It isn’t possible to do “nothing”. Things will occur, you will have things you do, but the difference is that there will be no idea of “you” having to do them. No anxiety, no worry, no suffering and yet the same basic reality will continue. What will be missing is the common denominator of a seeking, suffering idea of you that was always just your own creation.
This kind of life, free of the common sufferings we have now, is often unknowingly referenced to by sayings like “give it to God”, “everything happens for a purpose”, “I’m just going to let go”, “There is no God, things just happen”. When we utter these words, we don’t understand the depth they are pointing to. These are all shallow attempts to experience the true freedom we already have, to release that feeling of the need to understand and control our realities. These attempts can lead to much deeper and lasting change, or they can be like a drug that strings you along, just comfortable enough to continue but caught in the cycle of suffering nonetheless.
When we first start seeking to surrender to Christ, there is quite a concrete sense of this suffering person who needs salvation. As this path you create, and then walk, continues, we find that the sense of a separate “I”, the suffering and powerless entity who first came to Christ, begin to fade into the identity of Christ, the absolute Truth where no suffering can exist.
In a similar way, when we first begin the path of introspection, meditation and the like, there is a concrete seeker, a meditator and a mysterious truth to be sought and found. As our self manifested path continues, we begin to see that this seeker is not what we thought, nowhere to be found in fact, and again identity merges with something that cannot hold a name.
Christ came because we created a need to return back to God. Your spiritual path, introspection or otherwise, appeared because you created the separation of yourself and Truth. There is no separation, there never was. Biting the apple can only affect the one who tastes, not that which created the apple, the taste, and the taster.
Let go of any anxiety of what path is “right”. Ignore those, even me, who might say you should believe in this way, that Jesus is here, but not there, Truth is on this path, and not that one. The world, and even your own self, will try to define you by innumerable different ideas, concepts, standards, and we must turn toward Christ, toward the underlying Truth, to know what is beyond. No on can sell you what you already are, what you are as your birthright, and always will be.