Know that all that concerns you is in perfect order. Even though this is a short statement, it contains all that you desire at this time. If you can feel any golden thread in this, you will come to know that it will lead you to the magnificent golden tapestry that is your life.
Withdrawal is contraction, holding back. When you do this, you are constraining yourself, which serves nothing but to hurt you. This is what makes your body sore, your sleep disturbed, your energy jumpy, your defenses high, your heart closed…need we go on? Stop it. Really.
Many have the notion that the ego is bad, or we need to push the ego away to become more spiritual. For all of the ego bashing that goes on out there, that is the ego sitting in judgement of itself in order to distract you from what is true.
Invisibility is an outcome of your spiritual development. As you no longer require the attachments of the outside world and begin to focus more on your internal life, you will feel at times as if you have no physical presence. In fact, it is decreasing all of the time. It is true, the path requires letting go, detachment, release, surrender, in order to experience the growth of Presence.
Beloved, we will say it again and again until it “locks in”: there is nothing outside of you. So when you are in pain or grief of any kind: look within. The external forces are there to draw you in one direction only. They are there to help guide you through your own quagmire, so gratitude is appropriate.
The riches are within. There is no other place that there is for you to seek for what you most desire. It is the greatest riddle for which the answer is ironically simple: go within. Consider the ridiculous efforts and screaming and deep pain and vast travels for which many have traversed only to realize it was right there all along. It would be laughable if the misguided journeys weren’t so arduous and painful. Like so many modern tales such as The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, and The Polar Express, it is the journey that reminds us of this paradox.