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GVK moves through the pain with Chris Grosso

The topic of pain has been haunting me~do we need pain for deep spiritual development?  And if so, WHY? I thought that Chris Grosso, author of the Indie Spiritualist and the upcoming Everything Mind, was one of the best people to bang that around with. Why? Well, because like me, Chris has been to hell and came out on the other side pretty damn spiritually awake.

photo by Chris James

Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of be present in every moment of life, even the painful ones. When we are present, we Know the gift of life. And with that gift, there is joy and pain. I have come to realize, is that avoiding pain only deepens it. Instead, I must be present in that pain. And in the experiencing and allowing of that pain, I can then m-o-v-e through it. I must understand it, where does it come from? Is it even mine?? Being an empath, I find at times that I am experiencing pain that has no origin in my life. I have to ask the questions and follow where they lead me. That is the process of moving through it.

In that fashion, I learn how to love all aspects of my life and that brings me closer to fellow beings. It gives me a deeper look at my own humanity. And that leads to deeper awakenings. And in that, I can then look around me with less judgment and less restriction. I can come into deeper Oneness with all that is around me. Oneness with All That Is. Ram Dass, Chris’s favorite spiritual leader, puts it like this~

“As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness.”

With that, at least for now, I have my answer. The pain brings us closer to the compassion of another’s path. It opens us to humility and moves us deeper into Awareness. It makes it easier for judgment to fall away and see the Truth of our True Self…

GVK gets an Indie Spiritualist experience with Chris Grosso


indiespiritualist-150x150Chris Grosso promotes his book as a “no bullshit exploration of spirituality”, and his honesty is hard core, which, frankly, we love at GVK. But, what he brought to our conversation this week, was a gentle mindfulness. Like Megan and I, Chris has been down the rabbit hole and experienced the darkness. And then, by the Grace of All That Is, he found his way into the Light. We talked about some of those “ah ha” moments that reawaked our Higher Self.

That “ah ha” conversation reminded me of a song by Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens ) ~

The Wind

To me, this songs sums up my experience with Awakening. I did swim upon the devils lake. In fact, there was a time when I thought that was my only choice. Divine inspiration or intervention weren’t for people like me. I had goals and dreams and ideas, but, I never seemed to quite get it right. I always seemed to make that one bad decision, trust that one wrong person, make that

It’s not like I was born with those feelings. My Mom always talked about how all of us (my sister and brothers) came out with our personalities in tact. She said that I was always happy, optimistic and excitedly looked at everything like a new adventure. But when my teens hit, I got hit by a storm of negativity that took hold of me. The brutal experiences of my teens left me with the feeling that I was all alone and that life was meant to be endured. Sigh. It was a dark and lonely time for me.

And then came my shift in perspective. An understanding that if I really had been alone, I would have most likely been killed by those negative forces. I retraced those dark times, as I plunged into my spiritual quest, and saw where I was guided, loved and held in Divine Light. Thus was and is my journey of seeing, of hearing and of Knowing. It is, as Chris Grosso so beautifully put it,  “the spirit continuing to awaken”…

to learn more about Chris Grosso and his book The Indie Spiritualist, follow the embedded link below ~
www.theindiespiritualist.com

We talked about:

A Course In Miracles

Thich Nhat Hanh

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