Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Beautiful and so true!
Those on a spiritual path are so wonderful to watch. As their belief grows stronger and their faith grows deeper, the light within begins to glow. They start to pay more attention to their intuition and their trust in themselves and God becomes so strong. It’s like a tenderness and spirit within that wasn’t there before. I always think about the caterpillar in the cocoon and how it becomes the beautiful butterfly. It’s glorious!
Children always come to mind when I think about spirituality. I believe that they are gifts from God and I am thrilled at how spiritual they are. I’ve done many children groups and I facilitated an Ala-tot group (An Al-Anon Family Group for five to twelve year olds) for a couple of years and they have always amazed me. I had a call from a mother one day who stated that her nine year old was devastated by her father’s death and asked me if I would help her. He had died of an overdose. She had taken the child and left him two years before due to his addiction, but he had remained active in her life and she loved him very much. The first few sessions we focused on the fact that addiction is a disease and that her dad loved her very much and did not intend to leave her. We talked about their tolerance getting higher and higher and they overdose because they are trying to get the feeling they got when they first used the drug. Once she understood this, the anger she had shown started to dissipate. She said that she didn’t get to tell him so many things, so I suggested she write a letter to him and to take the whole week to write it so she didn’t leave anything out. She came back the next week with the letter in hand and a big smile on her face and said she would like to read it to me. It was beautiful! She told him that she had been so angry at him, but understood now and was still sad and missed him very much. She wrote about some happy times and some sad times they had experienced, but expressed being happy that he was with God and would be happy forever. When she finished the letter, I told her that she had done a great job writing it and gave her a big hug. We tied it to a helium balloon and went outside for her to release it. It floated till it went out of sight! She looked at me with a big smile and said, “I believe it got all the way to Heaven, Miss Toni”… Nine years old and so much wisdom!
In the craziness of this world and responsibilities of adulthood, some appear to push their spiritual life to the side and that is so sad to me. I pray that everyone reading this will make a commitment to spend time growing spiritually. I believe if our spiritual life is our first priority the rest of our lives will fall into Divine Order.
Toni True-Wills, Ph.D.