Yesterday, I found out that my mother’s chemotherapy may take up to seven more months—seven freakin months. Maybe less, maybe more—the doctors don’t even know.
They are using a targeted, pill-form of chemo—milder side effects, but apparently a much longer treatment program. It’s not that anything new was discovered, it’s just that in all the visits and info and confusion, they never mentioned this.
The news dashed all hopes I had of hitting the road anytime soon.
So how does a Mystic handle deep disappointment? My answer below the break.
So what is a Mortal to do? Get angry, feel helpless, hopeless, guilty, and depressed.
What is a Soul to do? Realize that—just as I have forgotten a thousand details of a thousand other lives—I will soon forget this too.
What is Radiance to do? Surrender, relax and have faith that She knows what She’s doing and has everyone’s best interests in mind.
What is Oneness to do? From Oneness—as the Tao Te Ching says—you do what needs to be done.
None of the levels fixes my (entirely selfish) disappointment, but each level transcends it in its own way. Each level provides a different perspective—a broader perspective.
The spiritual path is not a path of self-help—it is not about fixing yourself—it is a path of transcending yourself.
Note: Obviously there is a whole lot more to the “Mom’s got cancer” issue (the wonders and curses of modern medicine, constant doctor’s visits, emergency room visits, parents’ age, sibling indifference, 24-hour TV, hurricanes, errands, privacy, guest rooms, lumpy beds, homelessness, …) but in the interest of clarity, I focused on this one issue to demonstrate how all the spiritual levels perceive the same “problem” from different perspectives.
It's Time To Wake Up
Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being is a step-by-step guide to enlightenment and beyond.
It's Time To Be Happy
It's Time Let Go
Imagine I have only seven days left to live.