In holistic healing, removing blocks of stuck energy in the unconscious mind often involves having to move from what’s familiar to the unfamiliar. While walking around in the parking lot in front of the retreat center building where I was staying at Joshua Tree in southern California, I was struck by that truth. I found this interesting, low wall of rocks leading off into a path that wasn’t fully visible from my vantage point. I found it to be a perfect metaphor for much of what I had experienced that weekend, where I had moved from a familiar , comfortable way of being with the world to stretching my edges and venturing into many unfamiliar new spaces. The desert itself was so unlike any that I had seen. The distinctive Joshua Trees that are everywhere and give the area its name, look like cactus with pom-poms and are not like any other plants that I’ve seen. The winter desert is even drier looking than it usually is, and the cold, relentless wind made life seem so much harsher than the lushness I’m used to back on the east coast of the United States. Still, there was a beauty and wonderment to the landscape that I was surprised to see, given that I am so used to forests.
I became aware of how precious water is for life. I’m not familiar with that, for unless there’s a water pipe that breaks down on the street, or there are the occasional outside watering restrictions in the summer because of a drought, then I don’t know what having to ration water is like. As we drove into the Joshua Tree National Park, we passed small homes and trailers and I wondered how they got water into their homes. There was no way that water lines, like I know them laid below ground, would be able to be dug into the rocky soil. On a few of the hillsides, I could see large cisterns with above ground pipes running from them, but it seems like there were too many homes for those few cisterns. In the Park, it was obvious where the lower spots were and rainwater could collect, as that was where the most vegetation was. Here, life collected around this valuable resource and much of the rest of the terrain was barren. Yet people had lived in the area for several thousand years, long before modern technology had been created to move water from one place to another.
As I walked around for the five days that I was there, my boundaries were questioned with regard to many subjects. What constitutes beauty in the surroundings for me? How harsh of an environment could I exist in? How strong of a blast of energetic waves could I withstand and still continue to vibrate at the lower frequency that I was used to? This phenomenon has caused me some physical pain as I’ve adjusted this past month to a higher frequency that has done an amazingly quick job of removing stuck energy in me. However, as my body resists to the changes, pain, my usual mode of resisting to change, cropped up. I’ll be writing about some of these revelations in the weeks to come. Moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar is always a challenge that we all must overcome, as we move along our spiritual paths. Do we stop at a certain stage and stay with the comfortable or do we move forward and grow some more is a question that we all need to ask ourselves as we consider the consequences of doing so. Growing pains can hurt!
This is the last of my postings that I have planned on my experiences at Joshua Tree. For about the last six weeks, I have been writing about what I learned during my five day stay there. Quite a bit of mileage on my learning curve that I received, don’t you think?
What experiences have you had where you expanded your spiritual knowledge in a short period of time? How did those occurrences affect your life and were the changes that ensued lasting?
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