From my book, Whispers From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness by Don and Linda Pendleton:
Do we know what kind of changes are taking place within us, moment to moment? Do we feel that we have control over those changes–so that we may make the decision, “This change would be good but that one would not.”
So, is it sometimes good to change, sometimes not so good?
Do we really wish to change the self or are we more interested in changing someone else?
Changing the “other fellow” seems to be the more common desire–but all true change must occur within the self–in the way it came for astronaut Edgar Mitchell and his “peak experience” after which he never again saw this world as he had known it before.
Joseph Campbell defines it this way. “The peak experience refers to actual moments of your life when you experience your relationship to the harmony of being.”
What is it that all of us need to “change” in order to feel that sense of oneness and an intimate relationship with the divine? In a word, attitude. There is no need to change our clothes, our occupation, our religion, our politics–or anything else other than the mental attitude. It has become a cliche of sorts to say of someone that he/she has an “attitude” problem. We have “attitude adjustment” hours at local bistros in recognition of the usual stress and strains commonly experienced in our every day lives. Of course, there is no need to take refuge in alcohol if our attitude is healthy all the time.
For all of us, a mere change of attitude can be the most healing experience–and maybe we can even achieve a “peak” if we ever learn to do it right. A neurosis is characterized by a stubborn resistance to change. In the rapidly changing world of today, it may be very healthy for all of us to accommodate change in a realistic way, to strive for resilience of attitudes and to merely relax a little when the tempo of our world seems to be getting a bit uncomfortable. We might take some small comfort from the wisdom of Heraclitus who remarked many centuries ago, “There is nothing permanent except change.”
It is those mystical experiences that leave an impact on us, often deep enough to be life changing.
Have you had a life-altering mystical experience or experiences?
Carolyn Myss is a medical intutitive and a best-selling author. Her latest book is DEFY GRAVITY: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason.