A Question From Salem: Lately, I’ve experienced one disaster after another. Normally, I can pick myself up but lately I seem to be losing faith. Do you have any suggestions for me?
Drs. Maryann and Matthew:
I know this might sound a bit crazy but here goes. Congratulations.
If you take into consideration that we come into this life to learn through the experiences we attract, then the fact that you have had one disaster after another indicates that you are well on your way to accomplishing exactly why you are here, and that is to grow spiritually. Pain lends to spiritual growth.
As we know from the law of attraction, we attract that which we continually hold in our consciousness (or subconscious) and then act upon. But your question has to do with how you can deal with your problems, especially when they seem to be more than you can handle.
There are a number of esoteric practices that have helped all of humanity throughout the ages. One of the most used and most important is to go back to basics. First find a place where you can sit quietly, alone, without interruption. Then center yourself and become as calm as you can. Silently instruct your physical body, emotions, and mind to become still, completely at rest. Then using whatever technique works best for you, attune with your Higher-Self, that authentic, eternal self that is wiser, more loving, and more powerful than your everyday self. Then ask: “Why is this happening to me, and what do I need to learn from it?”
Allow yourself to receive the information coming to you without interrupting. This is the time to listen, not to judge. Then after your quiet period, whether it be meditation, prayer, or just stillness, review the wisdom you received. You might conduct this review as if you were not the person having the challenge but rather someone who was contacted to provide advice on the situation.
Sometimes the wisdom from your Higher-Self is immediate. However, sometimes it occurs a bit later, when your objective consciousness is occupied with other matters. We’ve all had an experience when all of a sudden a thought or answer, not related to what we’re currently thinking or doing at the moment, just comes to us.
The dynamic that enables this to work is setting your intent and being receptive to receiving the answers. You will then attract to yourself the necessary guidance that will help you move forward with understanding and make the choices or take the actions that are necessary to resolving the situation. You can then move forward with a better understanding of what caused the challenge and also help you steer clear of falling into similar situations in the future.