Previous articles in this series have looked at a variety of tools that are available to you, 24/7 and entirely free, to help you evolve the next version of you—to go to the next level.
The process of conscious emotional evolution is very much like a stock market graph with lots of falls and rises, with the long-term trend taking you ever higher.
When you’re on the rising part of the evolutionary stock market graph you don’t need tools. You can feel yourself coming together. Burdens fall away. You have the strange feeling of somehow being glued together a little better than before, like some wound you didn’t even know existed (because it was part of your ‘normal’) has just healed—which it has.
Where the tools come in is when you’re in the dips, falls and outright crashes of the stock market graph. They can be sudden, sharp and deep.
When you hit such a fall you get a severe emotional jolt. Your emotional toolbox goes flying across the room and all those shiny tools I’ve talked about in previous articles—like intent, neutrality and discernment—tumble out and land just out of reach.
You’re pacing your room like a caged tiger. You’re outside somewhere, alone, bellowing with rage at the heavens. You’re lying on the bathroom floor crying. (I once spent a whole night there.) Even breathing seems almost too much. Your chest feels crushed, like the air can hardly enter and escape.
You don’t have the togetherness to apply any of the principles I’ve discussed. This whole Evolutionary Tools series is just so many useless words. It’s time for another tool: faith.
Faith in yourself
I’m not talking about religious faith here. I’m talking about faith in yourself and the faith that you are in the grip of a sentient process. In other words, no matter how much it looks like your life has just disintegrated, you are actually on track for wherever your unique journey is taking you.
I’m not talking about religious faith here. I’m talking about faith in yourself and the faith that you are in the grip of a sentient process.
There’s a basic principle here: the old must make way for the new. In that confused space when the old has painfully disintegrated and the new hasn’t yet materialised, that’s when you need faith.
A quick word about God… We all have a framework for understanding existence. For some people that includes God; for others it doesn’t. If you believe in God in some way—and I do—by all means have faith in them. But you can’t have faith in God alone; you must include yourself in the picture. Have faith that God is working through you and with you, but don’t expect God to do the heavy lifting—that’s your responsibility, it’s what takes you to the next level and what increases your sense of connection with the sacredness of life.
The evolutionary process leads from separation to unity. Every separatist belief in your psyche will ultimately be squeezed out of you. You must see yourself as a whole, integral part of the entire physical and non-physical cosmos.
So when nothing else works, have faith. Evolution travels in spirals and your path will spiral too. It will spin you around, make no sense one moment and deliver profound illumination the next.
Faith gives you something to cling to during the most challenging times. No matter how precarious your position seems, have faith.
Remember, if you’ve hit a low point on the evolutionary stock market graph it’s because you’ve broken through some kind of barrier. So congratulate yourself and have faith. You will rise again.