When we get caught up in our individual spiritual journeys, we can tend to compare ourselves to others, hoping to be more ‘advanced.’ However, as soon as we separate ourselves this way, we are headed not ‘up’ the scale, but rather missing the point.
Munnsville, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2014
When Tim Emerson designed Kwan Yin Healing’s signature program, the Kwan Yin Journey, he knew he was on to something right from the start, and judging from the testimonials, so did his clients. As he explains, “People were changed. Their perspectives broadened, and with those energetic shifts, their peace expanded as well. Results followed. Plans came together. Relationships matured. Past pains healed. They set out on new paths, with new options, new excitement, new hope and new successes.”
At the same time, he noticed that people would tend to plateau after a certain point. “That in itself is natural – we grow, we integrate, we consolidate, we grow again,” notes Emerson. “But I could see a need for help starting that next step. That’s why I created ‘Beyond the Spiritual Path—The Advanced Spiritual Journey,’ to both help people forward and to address various stumbling points I noticed from time to time.” The new program serves both as a sequel to the Kwan Yin Journey program and as a service for people further along their spiritual development. Participants receive weekly modules of recorded and transcribed material, as well as individual support.
Here are six of the themes that sparked the creation of the new program.
1) Our gifts are not for us.
“I first heard Michael Beckwith say this,” shares Emerson. “It’s a key point, especially after all the work with The Hero’s Journey we do in the Kwan Yin Journey. That Ultimate Boon, that eventual reward for the Road of Trials, is for the hero’s ‘village,’ not the hero(ine). And what of the gifts, our ‘Jewel’ as the Sufis say, we brought into this life? Sure, these can be the basis of a successful career, and that’s fine—but are we best serving the world? Are we as well-functioning cells in a larger organism? One, we were single-cell organisms gradually becoming more evolved creations. That process continues. How do we best align ourselves with that process?”
2) What about good and evil?
The stories and theories about good and evil go back millennia. “We’ve moved on, though,” explains Emerson, “from that understanding. This isn’t the Middle Ages. How do we reconcile divine peace and order and purpose with negative occurrences?” Emerson turns to an example from C.S. Lewis’ novel Perelandra. “The inhabitants of the planet have never heard of evil,” he explains. “The closest word they have to it is ‘bent.’ And that’s a good way to understand it—the good, pure energies diverted temporarily from their true and eventual place in cosmology.”
3) What’s the role of the Oversoul?
“At the level of the Oversoul, we aren’t individual—we are bundles of individuals, parts of a larger creation,” notes Emerson. “When we get caught up in our individual spiritual journeys, we can tend to compare ourselves to others, hoping to be more ‘advanced.’ However, as soon as we separate ourselves this way, we are headed not ‘up’ the scale, but rather missing the point. Individual realization in this sense is meaningless.”
4) After becoming a bodhisattva, what then?
“When pursuing the goal of Enlightenment, or Awakening, the focus is typically on achieving that state, without much thought as to what happens once one becomes such a bodhisattva,” Emerson notes. “Kwan Yin reached Enlightenment with the understanding that compassion was all important, that only Enlightenment for all beings would suffice. And in that state of Awareness, even when you’ve glimpsed it for a few moments, compassion becomes not a goal but a simple quality of reality.”
5) What do we do once we’ve realized we have so much potential?
“It takes so much to realize that we can actually manifest what we want,” says Emerson, “once we’re clear about what that is. And that’s the crux of the matter—deciding what we actually want. But the real problem is cutting down to that. We don’t come home from the supermarket with some of everything—we make choices, knowing we can always come back for more. We need the courage to choose—and limit ourselves to what we decide.”
6) How do we live from the perspective of many lives?
“While our focus belongs on the life we live now, we can learn a lot by remembering that this life is not the entirely of our existence,” Emerson shares. “The Bhagavad-Gita addresses this head-on, as Krishna tutors Arjuna in the true nature of the eternal self. This life, with all its troubles and joys, is a passing moment. Understanding this allows us to keep life, even the emotional, challenge parts, in balance.”
More information about Kwan Yin Healing and its programs are available at http://kwanyinhealing.com .