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Today we celebrate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas (the islands of Bahamas) on October 12, 1492. He famously and mistakenly thought he arrived in India without realizing that he just discovered new land, not to say two entire continents. One can only imagine what it must have felt like to venture out in the unknown, having faith in having enough provisions to make the journey. No one ever before attempted such a long passage before. What must have been the relief like to finally arrive even if it was not the expected destination?
In many ways, our spiritual journey is not unlike that of Columbus. Looking back at your life's experiences, how often did great learning not come from staying within familiar waters but venture out into the unknown? How often have you thought you arrived at a certain realization or understanding only to discover later that the lesson was quite a different one? And, have you embraced the deeper lesson and learning, or, have you dismissed it without further notice?
Moses and the Israelites
The story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt into the promised land comes to mind (Exodus 12–28). Having endured slavery for centuries, the Israelites followed Moses into the unknown with the hope to find new land. Much happened during this journey of 40 years, but in the end the promise was kept.
Metaphysically, the story of Moses and the Israelites represents our story of spiritual unfoldment. Moses himself symbolizes the drawing-out process from the within to the without and the Israelites signify our elevated (illumined) thoughts in consciousness (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary). As such, our journey towards the promised land—the full realization of our Divinity—is to continously draw-out our spiritual side (Israelites) from bondage, negativity, and judgment (Egypt) until we arrive at the highest realization of Being (Christ consciousness)—for as long as it takes (40 years).
One can easily imagine the such a journey may not be straight forward, at least not as linear as Columbus' first voyage may have been. For sure, the journey was not straight forward for the Israelites, which is a reality for most of us who are on a spiritual path. However, with faith and guidance the destination will be achieved despite any obstacles, challenges, or distractions.
Steadfast in Faith
Very much like Columbus must have had faith in making it to land before food was running out, we must develop our faith that we are not losing our selves as we explore our spiritual nature. Becoming more of who we are, more Christ like, does not mean that we need to be anybody else but us. What we must do is to remove our error thinking or, in other words, learn to deal with our judgments, worries, regrets, etc. in a gentle and healthy way so that we can come forth with a renewed mind, expanded, and increasingly fulfilled.
To be steadfast in faith means to take the plunge and explore our spiritual nature beyond what is already known. It means to trust our intuition, our inner guidance, and our best-possible interpretation of our experiences through the lens of Goodness, Love, Compassion, etc. Faith is a power and ability to be developed. Faith is what we can come back to at any time even if we lost it for a little while. Faith is the rock upon we can build our spiritual temple as Jesus said to Peter according to the Gospel of Matthew:
"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it." —Matthew 16:18
Peter represents Faith, our ability to have faith, to trust, and to perceive. The Israelites had faith in Moses to be lead to the promised land. Moses had faith in God and himself to not fall astray. We must have faith in our own ability to realize our true nature.
Let us close with a denial and affirmation in honor of Columbus Day:
"We no longer give power to our fears that unchartered waters may lead us to starve before we arrive at our destination, and we affirm that we are steadfast in faith as we continue to explore our spiritual nature. We already are what we seek to be. We have already arrived at our destination. Let us wake up to that reality. And so it is. Amen."
Jean-Marie Schweizer, LUT