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Developing Your Inner World

Developing Your Inner World

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Developing Your Inner World
By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
March 29, 2019

In this modern world of access to information and being constantly plugged in, it’s important to make time to develop your inner world. You can do this easily by beginning in the morning with five minutes of silence.

It’s easy to become consumed by social media and all the beautiful pictures on Pinterest, keeping up with your friends and family on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, maintaining business connections on LinkedIn, writing Yelp reviews and so forth. I love this as much as everyone else! I make time for myself to go inward and to be in the silence daily to cultivate my relationship with the Divine, to hear the still, small voice within. It is a place where I become receptive to the Divine Intelligence that is always here.

Taking the time to develop your inner world leads to greater self-awareness, expanded peace, increased ability to respond rather than react, increased focus, clarity, and happiness.

One of my favorite quotes from the Bible is, “Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” [Hebrews 11:3] This quote reminds me that things in the external world, the things I see around me, are made from an invisible something. That intangible something is the invisible presence of Spirit. This invisible presence is part of my and everyone’s inner world. Taking the time to connect to that inner world is healthy and necessary.

Jalaluddin al-Rumi, the 13th-century mystic poet, wrote that “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” This field is your inner world. It’s the place within you that is beyond polarities, such as right and wrong, good and bad, dark and light. It is the eternal, unborn presence of reality residing right within you.

There is a place within you which has never been hurt or harmed, lied to or deceived, betrayed or disappointed, made the wrong decision or was embarrassed. I call it my inner spa. It’s the most relaxing and comfortable place there is.

When you can return to that place within you daily for just five minutes you will discover the answers to your questions, your next steps will be revealed, and you will deeply understand that your life is happening for you.

If it’s challenging at first to sit still and be quiet, see if you can become the observer, allowing yourself to observe what’s happening in your mind and body, noticing the thoughts and whatever is occurring for you as you continue sitting in the silence until those five minutes are up. The next day, go back and do it again, and keep doing it daily. Pretty soon the thoughts will become farther between, the need to move or get up will dissipate, and the vast expanse of your inner world will continue to be revealed to you. You will feel a sense of certainty and happiness which cannot be shaken.

And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley

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