Reflecting On Spiritual Stress

Everywhere I go, I’m constantly observing mass numbers of people who appear to be suffering from record levels of spiritual stress.  When I go to the grocery store, it’s usually packed with dozens of people frantically racing around with their carts, bobbing and weaving down the isles like they are taking part in some demented Mario Cart race.  I’m actually surprised, I haven’t seen people throwing down banana peels, in a desperate attempt to stay ahead of their fellow shoppers.

While I’m at the gym, everyone always seem to be in a hurry to get their workout completed and move onto their next task.  When I’m even at the garden center, there are some people who will be on your ass with their carts while your trying to smell the flowers.   

Don’t even get me started, on the imperialistic work mentality that so many individuals have incorporated  into their worldview.  Yet if you ask them why they do it, they will often look at you as if you have three heads.  The truth is I can come up with many more examples, all of which fall under the category of what I call “spiritual stress”.  

 

What Is Spiritual Stress?

This is probably a debate worthy topic, but I typically describe it as the stress we have as we try and figure out the answers to the big questions we have in life.  The ones that remain subconscious for most of us, or have been dictated to us on some level.  Either way, it is  the stress we have when we attempt to conform to a methodology  that  usually isn’t healthy.  Yet we will often give it a shot, but alas it usually ends in increasing discomforts, ultimately leading to more regrets than anything.

The purpose of spiritual stress is rather simple, it’s in our lives so we eventually wake up to our greater potential and free ourselves from our servitude.  A servitude which more or less, came into being through our own ignorance and unwillingness to claim our collective creative power.  Thoughts are powerful things, the only reason why the world exists as it does, is because we believe it to be so.      

 

Truth ISn’t Stressful:

To a perfectly aligned state of awareness, truth isn’t stressful.  Everything is known, everything can be perceived, and most importantly the true causes for the stresses in our lives is obvious.   However the longer you go unaware of the cause, the longer it will be until you make the changes in your life that promote the most growth, and as a result the more stress you will accumulate.

Thus stress is the catalyst for change, but if you refuse to change it just builds up.  Eventually resulting in the most flamboyant of life disruptions.   If you are wise, eventually you will see the pattern and make the appropriate corrections in your life.  If you are not,  the same situations will continue to reoccur.  Hopefully the individual eventfully sees the pattern, and make the necessary changes.  Yet so few of us are truly observant, that our society has become a breeding ground or stress based reactions.  

 

Spiritual Stress Is Authorized:

If you are someone who is suffering from exuberant amounts of spiritual stress, you may have felt as if some magical force, the universe, or God is picking on you.  This can not be further from the truth.  In fact a higher intelligence has probably authorized your stress because they desperately want you to free yourself from the shackles you’ve willingly put on.

This is not easy for most of us to accept, we would rather be the victim then take responsibility for our the thoughts that led to our situations.  Our society openly promotes the victim mentality, because it ensures that we stay subservient to forces that for the most part go unseen.   Yet we are very capable of freeing ourselves, and we will in the near future.

 

A Novel Example:

Last week I took some time off from work, to relax and enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life.  Something I believe everyone should do, regardless what others may think.   I’ve never been a fan of the work mentality in the United States.  It’s very imperialistic in my opinion, and so many people are taken advantage of in the quest for desired living conditions.

This has led to a lot of spiritual stress in my life, as I’ve actually searched for ways to free myself from the beat of the imperial work drum.  Ideally I don’t want to work for anyone, and would rather contribute to society in ways I feel I’d truly enjoy.  Yet I’m still working a “9-5” type of job, even after years of trying to free myself.  Although, I have made some progress over the years with my goals, and have no doubt I will achieve them in the near future.

Anyway during my week off a couple of incidents occurred, which fell within the realms of spiritual stress.

 

Taking a Lunch Break…. It Must Be Nice:

Early last week I took a day trip with a couple family members.  During  which, we met up with my sister for lunch,  whose place of employment was in the town we were visiting.  The lunch was enjoyable and we had a good conversation during it.  But it only lasted an hour  because my sister had to go back to work.

When we dropped her back off at work, she entered the building through the back entrance because she didn’t want to hear commentary from anyone in the front.  She indicated they would say things like “You went out to lunch, it must be nice……” or “You want out to lunch, your department must not be busy”.  This off course would of been said to someone who often works 60 hour weeks.

Yet, because my sister was deviating from the norm, more freedom would of been observed, and criticism would be applied.  Thus, this is an example of how an organization imposes even more stress on it’s workers, in an attempt to breed conformity and influence worldview.  It you’re not experiencing what everyone else is experiencing, it’s bad  in the eyes of the organization.  

Similar things have been said to me, when I’ve taken vacations.  “You took a week off, It must be nice………….”  As if I’m supposed feel bad about it.  I’m actually taking a longer vacation next month, I can’t wait to see what occurs when I share that info.  

 

Ordering Groceries:

This final example also involves  my sister.  Recently she was telling me how she never has time to do anything.  She’s constantly is running around trying to keep up with her job expectations, take care of family, and still have a little time to relax.  In the past, this has led to her telling me  me she doesn’t have time to even setup her voice mail on her cell phone.   Of course I had roll my eyes at that one, because it’s not about time, it’s about priorities.

 

Anyways to get back to my example.  My sister used her work break one afternoon, to go pick her groceries up from the store and bring them home before returning to work.  No she wasn’t actually grocery shopping in the traditional sense…… She had ordered them online because she didn’t have the time to shop for them herself.

While she was in route, she was feeling more stress because she had to keep stopping for people in crosswalks, who were out shopping in the town around her place of employment.  This led her to getting  annoyed and saying, “Doesn’t anyone work around here”.  I found this humorous  because of course they did, they just didn’t view work as my sister does.  

As we later discussed the situation, I asked her if she knew why she had so much stress.  I then followed it up with my ideas of why it was occurring, and gave some examples.  I suggested she rebel a little bit, because if she just found ways to compensate for her stress, such as having to order groceries because of work, then it would only continue to get worse.  

I joked, and said soon she wouldn’t even have time to pick up the ordered groceries, she would have to get them delivered on her work break.  They would later be replaced by  her needing to buy a second fridge for her garage, in which she would give  access to the  company delivering the groceries . 

Overall she did get my points, but is always hard changing habits, and seeing the cause of spiritual stress.  

 

Law Of Attraction:

The Law of Attraction, also plays a part in determining how much spiritual stress comes into our lives.  Check out this wonderful blog on the topic.   There is a lot of great information in it. 

Understanding The Law Of Attraction

 

 

A final Quote:

A quote that I’ve found that has increasing relevance is (I’m  paraphrasing), “True freedom is seen by individuals who are not free as being negative or evil”.   Of course no one is totally  free on the planet currently.    There are many systems of control, but I’ll let you reflect on what they may be.  However,  Next time someone says to you, ” blah blah blah…. It must be nice”, think about how relevant  the quote is.