You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and on Amazon.com, and as a Kindle e-book
The ground blow us is supposed to be stable. It is the one thing we can count on to stay the same all the time, so much so that we hardly even think about it.
And so when the ground shifts, for example in an earthquake or a landslide the shock and fear caused us is doubled.
Not only do we have the actual physical problem, but our minds react against the notion that this could happen at all. Our feelings about the way the world works are shifted, and it takes time for us to trust the ground again.
Our understanding has been changed and, instead of a careless assumption that the ground will be solid and unmoving, we are fearful of the ground and subconsciously wonder if it will happen again, and when.
In a similar way, the “solid ground” that is our deeply help beliefs and our understanding of life can be challenged.
Someone may have a solid religious belief, but the unexpected death of a loved one can rock the foundation of that belief. Or one may have a total confidence in the ability of science to answer all possible questions, and then have a sudden spiritual experience that goes beyond their understanding.
When one of these type of experiences happens, and the ground seems to shake beneath our feet, this is indeed a frightening experience. But it can also be an occasion for growth.
Just as a landslide shows us that we have maybe built our house in a bad place, so an emotional landslide can show us that we need to do some more work on our emotional health.
In the same way that an earthquake is destructive to our man-made structures, so an slip in our spiritual ground can be painful and hurt our mental structures.
But it can also be an opportunity to rebuild our mental and spiritual foundations on more solid ground.
From time to time we will all find that what we thought was the solid ground of our beliefs are challenged, and we feel the upset and hurt that comes from that.
But out of the destruction caused, we have to opportunity to rise again, stronger and more fully grounded on the truth.