The Strait Gate

Scott Peck in The Road Less Traveled states “Life is difficult.” Pretty much says it all doesn’t it. So what are we going to do about it? Most, unfortunately choose to go through life on self propulsion, rudderless, seemingly bounding from one situation, crisis to another, never taking the time to consider possible alternatives, different avenues of living. Living on the Spiritual Basis we have chosen the road less traveled, we made this choice out of pain. The pain of addiction, of one failed relationship after another, death and/or illness of loved ones or looking at the pain and suffering of the world and knowing there must be another way, our pain that of all humanity. The road less traveled was first described by Jesus when he said “Enter by the narrow (strait) gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Because narrow (strait) is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”
(Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV).

Living at ordinary levels of consciousness we take the broad way, seeking answers and peace by any means other than spiritual. We suffer and as a result the world suffers for everything is connected. When driven by enough pain and discontent we choose a road to travel, to either blot out the truth of existence by any of the methods secular society provides; today there is a pill for everything or a group to join that will cosign anything you wish to bury yourself in, or to look within for our spiritual connection. The former being the path most chosen since who wants to do hard things like seeking spiritual answers and truth when there are easy things like drugs and companions who live by the credo “misery loves company” to co-sign, justify or rationalize anything we choose to do.

Living at raised levels of consciousness is the strait or narrow gate. Living on a new basis, the basis of trusting and relying upon God, the Spiritual Basis we place our feet on the road less traveled. The good news is this road does not have a lot of traffic, the sights and sounds along the way remarkable, amazing, beyond the human minds true ability to comprehend. The bad news is the road does not have a lot of traffic. Often we will feel as if we are alone on this road, perhaps having made the wrong choice since it seems the work is so hard. Take heart, for we are the greatest adventure of all, the raising of our consciousness, which not only affects us for all eternity but improves the world, all mankind. Never rising above another, but becoming a light, a beacon to all who would seek shelter from the storm. Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.

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