Peace

The Meaningful Trails (32)

Written by Gede Prama

Like the thirsty fish in the water, the starving chicken living in rice barn, that is the fate of many seekers these days. Joseph Jaworski in his book “Synchronicity: The inner path of leadership” explicitly elaborate the story. He speaks thru his personal experience, which makes it a first hand story, regarding how dry a soul who own material possessions only. Joseph had been a wealthy lawyer that owned a successful insurance company, lived in very prestigious area, and drove the most luxurious car ever in the US. Yet, the same luxuries is what then made his soul to collapse, particularly as it destroyed the family he loved. The wife of whom he truly loved, sued a divorce, and his only son chose to live with his mother. As a result, the scintillating life he was living suddenly become dark and dreary. It is the starting point from where this author then seeking for a spiritual answer.

 

To be honest, the scene found in most meditation classes is not much different from what Joseph experienced. Never been heard of someone living a wealthy and happy life ever been trying to enrich their soul with spirituality. The first door, of nearly all seekers in the path of spirituality, is opened by deep suffering. From a chronical pain to losing a loved one. From troubled kids to miserable life. Nevertheless, only a few seekers are as earnest and as sincere as Joseph Jaworski. Though being hit by the greatest storm of life, from being in the peak of material life, to suddenly fell in a very frightening spiritual abyss, he then discovered the flashes of Light. Notice on what is written on page 54 of this book: “My very worst performance happened when I operated at a purely rational level”. Joseph had to traverse the deepest gulf of his life when he grew fully using rationality. It is where he then allowed himself to be guided by meaningful coincidences (synchronicity). Rather than trying to control life, he learns to allow life to ‘flow’ thru him.

Strangely, what was seemed as a disaster, is apparently a blessing. What was seen at the beginning as a deep suffering, is simply turned out to be a home return calling of the soul. Therefore, the fourth part, which is also the last part of this book, is being entitled “The Gift”. By living life wholeheartedly, and sincerely encounter all miseries of life, a spiritual door will be then opened: “Everything, is apparently a blessing in disguise”. In a later part of this book, Joseph quoted TS Elliot’s opinion, which disclosing a sign that he had found the Light he sought: “At the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started”. Eventually, we will be arriving at the point where we started. In other words, human beings start their life by having a childlike mind. When one is blessed to attain enlightenment he will thereafter return to the same innocent mind.

About the author

Gede Prama

Gede Prama is a long student on peace. He began his childhood by communing with symbolical Guru in one of old village in north Bali. Later on when he learned from the life stories of many maha siddha (the enlightened), he began to understand his spiritual experience in childhood. This last experience then enriched by meditating, reading, researching and personal meeting with some of world wide spiritual Gurus like HH Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Karen Armstrong.

Scholarship enables Gede Prama to continue his post graduate study to England and France. Hard work makes Gede Prama was appointed as CEO (chief executive officer) of a large corporation at the age of 38. And one year later he left behind all luxuries of corporate world then begin a journey of serving. To serve people on the path of peace.

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