I hate to admit it, but it's true. I have fallen asleep behind the wheel on more than one occasion. at times, during long road trip, I remember dozing off, only to be awakened by the sound of my tires rumbling over freeway reflectors. at other times, I remember nodding off after a long week during my evening commute home. In either case, my response has always been the same. I roll down the windows, turn up the music, stop and get coffee and stretch, or something like that. and by the time I arrived home, I had to give deep and heartfelt thanks for having survived such a dangerous experience. if you have ever fallen asleep behind the wheel, if you have ever falling asleep behind the wheel, you know exactly what I'm talking about. I think that's why "Falling asleep behind the wheel is such a widely used phrase." It epitomizes the idea that if you are not paying close attention to what you're doing, you can blow it really badly.
so, what happens when you fall asleep behind the wheel during your spiritual journey? that is, what happens when you lose sight of the priority established for you according to the spiritual laws that govern the universe? of course, there are many detrimental effects, the most significant of which is blindness to the real and true path of happiness and fulfillment. what follows are four essential traits of personal priesthood that will help you maintain your focus on the road of spiritual development and prevent you from falling asleep behind the wheel.
essential trait number one is unconditional devotion. that is, when things are going great and you're having it all your way, you agree to pray, consult, sacrifice and keep spiritual observances. likewise when things are not going well, you agree to pray consult sacrifice and keep spiritual observances. here, it's so important to understand the element of earth time and spiritual time. Some of the things that we're doing today will have effects deep into the future that we cannot anticipate. Likewise many of the things that we are experiencing today are the results of movements that took place somewhere in the immediate or distant past. The key is to be consistent.
essential trait number 2 is continuous improvement and enjoyment. don't allow your devotion to get monotonous and boring. learn new prayer. introduce new song. Spruce up your shrine. what I'm trying to say is, keep your practice fresh and inspiring. You need to grow and develop and find a sense of awe in your personal priesthood. there must be some aspect of your practice that excites you and compels you to go deeper into the experience.
essential trait number 3 is cultivate a sense of urgency. here, let me emphasize the fact that I am NOT encouraging impatient or taking shortcuts in order to rush the process. instead, I am urging you to assign timelines to your personal priesthood and the practices associated with it. so, give yourself a specified length of time to learn new chance, or to master certain rituals, 4 bring about certain kinds of behavioral changes within your self. it is important to remember that what gets measured will get done.
essential trait number 4 is always, always, always have hope. it is completely normal to have doubts, for your human frailty to limit your ability to progressed and for you too become distracted by the imperatives of everyday living. Bunch is so important for you to keep in mind why personal priesthood matters in the first place. How to conjure the image of your highest spiritual identity on a day to day basis. let that image inspire you and compel you to continue the journey of personal discipline, deeper compassion, and increased spiritual connection.
No matter what you have done, no matter where you are right now, and no matter what anybody else has said to you or about you, you can still live the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you are destined to serve.
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Live the Medicine
Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.