September 25, 2011 (5:10 pm)
Here are two concepts that I just shared with Gail on spiritual growth. The first came out of this movie starring Nicolas Cage, Bangkok Dangerous, which was way too violent, but there was one redeeming experience through the whole film and that was a spiritual experience that Nicolas had with a woman.
He started to transform, but he wasn’t really able to make the leap. He tried on some new behaviors; he acted in some ways more toward the core of his soul. Yet, he wasn’t able to hang onto it and really pull it through. He slipped back into his old behavior and ended up literally killing himself—which is an incredible paradigm to humanity’s need to make a spiritual leap and how many lifetimes it takes (like 800 billion lifetimes plus before we’re able to reach enlightenment). So, that explains our growth curve and how that really works.
The second concept is the idea of a spiritual leap that Tom Bird cited—that wonderful 40% leap that you’re able to make frequently, and it’s unusual. This idea is that something needs to change, and recognizing it, and putting it out there, but not knowing what that is or when it will be or anything. Suddenly, later on you’ve made the leap; you’ve experienced it. In hindsight you recognize it.
It’s like, “Oh…that’s that change that I laid out that I recognize. But, I didn’t know where it was coming from or when or what it was gonna be, and that sort of thing.”
So, I think that’s a fabulous pair of traits and experiences that we have that are very human, and tell us how things really work on a spiritual plane—because they don’t work in a linear way.
It’s also a paradigm to what’s going on right now with regards to all of the chaos in the world and how that actually works, and how we’re really gonna make a shift, and what that’s gonna look like from far ahead, from hindsight looking back at all this. Okay.