We often find in nature some wonderful metaphors to ponder that may help answer some of our questions about the Universe and the nature of the soul.
Today I was reminded that when life feels like a hurricane, we can always find the calm peaceful presence of our own divine soul in the eye of the storm.
When the world around us seems to becomes chaotic, akin to a tropical storm beating at our door, we can always seek refuge in this place of calmness within.
When we stray too far from our own spiritual presence, venturing into the outside drama, we can get ripped from this calmness, thrust back into the spiraling currents of the storm, and thrown into old mental and emotional patterns. Then we find ourselves fighting to pull ourselves back to the peace we misplaced. But it is always there.
Most of the time, the spiraling chaotic currents of our personal storm are not solely external events, but our own mind’s cascading reaction to external events, the circular patterns of old subconscious programming, our repetitive spiraling thoughts, and the resulting tsunami of emotions that engulf us in a crisis or a drama. Our own mind has the power to spiral us away from an internal place of clear blue calm to a dark and stormy night of chaos in a matter of seconds. Our mind also has the power to return us to the calm eye of the storm. How long it takes to get back to calm – a second, a minute, an hour, a few days, will depend upon the inner work thats already been done, as well as awareness of self and one’s own thoughts.
As the cosmic energies build upon this planet, as the pressures of transformation increase, as the world reacts to this pressure, as a counter force of darkness rises up to challenge this transformation, we may experience greater storms ahead, both external and internal. That is why it is important for spiritually awakened people to practice living within the eye of the storm, to find the calm peaceful inner strength of their soul.
Consider the formation of a hurricane. Consider the spiritual metaphor. There are several distinct parts to this storm – the outer edge, the spiraling bands of rain, the eyewall, and the eye. Each part has a corresponding meaning for the individual experiencing a crisis resulting in a transformation.
The near-surface wind field of a tropical cyclone is characterized by air rotating rapidly around a center of circulation while also flowing radially inwards. At the outer edge of the storm, air may be nearly calm; however, due to the Earth’s rotation, the air has non-zero absolute angular momentum. (wikipedia)
What about the sleepers, those individuals who’s souls are still sound asleep? They live perpetually in the outer bands of the hurricane. They live in avoidance, mostly unaware and afraid of the depths of their own psyche, weary of their deeper emotions, of scary thoughts, and the experience of their soul. When the storm gets stronger, they avoid its painful waves. They refuse to pass through the storm; they refuse to believe a calm center exists. For them the soul is an illusion, so they perpetually seek to return to the calmer, yet perpetually cloudy superficial edge of life. They continually avoid personal growth, so personal growth is thrust upon them when the stronger waves of the storm move through their life, as it always does. There is no escaping the trials of life, or the mortality of material life.
At an inner radius, air begins to ascend to the top of the troposphere. This radius is typically coincident with the inner radius of the eyewall, and has the strongest near-surface winds of the storm; consequently, it is known as the radius of maximum winds.
The eyewall is where the greatest wind speeds are found, air rises most rapidly, clouds reach to their highest altitude, and precipitation is the heaviest. The heaviest wind damage occurs where a tropical cyclone’s eyewall passes over land.
The hurricane has many rings of increasing difficulty that must be passed through. The fiercest part can be found at the doorstep of spiritual awakening. For the sleeper, hitting this wall is often hitting rock bottom, or what is known as the Dark Night of the Soul. Eventually, whether in this life or another, the sleeper is given an opportunity to awaken.
At the center of a mature tropical cyclone, air sinks rather than rises. For a sufficiently strong storm, air may sink over a layer deep enough to suppress cloud formation, thereby creating a clear “eye“. Weather in the eye is normally calm and free of clouds, although the sea may be extremely violent.
The spiritual journey brings us a paradoxical surprise. Beyond the pain and darkness is a quiet place of peace and compassion – the eye of the hurricane – a space where one can experience their soul and their connection to the divine. It is also the space one strives to awaken when one quiets the noisy chattering mind during the act of meditation. Our mind is the incubator. Our inner resistance often creates our own personal hurricane.
Unfortunately, once we have spiritually awakened we do not remain in this calm soul presence forever. We are constantly being pulled back into our ego-mind in order to work and survive within the material world. It is the purpose of the ego to navigate the material world, to protect us from harm, a job that our ego takes quite seriously. However, the ego is just our facade, our temporal clothing of identity, a mask that our soul wears in this life.
Some spiritual advisors have instructed us to destroy the ego, but the ego is not our enemy, it is just an appendage, like an arm or a leg. It is supposed to work with and for the soul. It needs to learn its role. Unfortunately, when our soul is asleep, we believe that our ego is our identity. It then takes control, like a frightened child, protecting us from its own fear.
Most spiritually awakened people see beyond the illusion of their lower carnal ego, yet many more are still unaware of their higher spiritual ego. They may have experienced an awakening of the soul, yet they do not work towards fully activating their soul. Instead they have simply created a higher ego-self.
The eyewall may vary over time in the form of eyewall replacement cycles, particularly in intense tropical cyclones. Outer rainbands can organize into an outer ring of thunderstorms that slowly moves inward, which is believed to rob the primary eyewall of moisture and angular momentum. When the primary eyewall weakens, the tropical cyclone weakens temporarily. The outer eyewall eventually replaces the primary one at the end of the cycle, at which time the storm may return to its original intensity.
The higher spiritual ego mis-serves us by creating a new eyewall for our personal hurricane, attempting to protect us from uncertainty and confusion. We still walk blindly through the material world. We still stumble and surrender our mind to fear. The higher spiritual ego is still defensive. It shields itself with the spiritual knowledge and tools that it accumulates over time, rather than walk tranquilly in trust of the soul that lies within.
The higher spiritual ego creates elaborate spiritual rules and belief structures to follow. It seeks to locate spiritual answers and impose spiritual order in the external world rather than seeking out the infinite peace and knowledge found within. Thus the higher spiritual ego is not yet free of the hurricane. It still finds itself battered by the storm. And in some respects, the shadow side and intellectual fear may seem even stronger than before.
The spiritual ego loves the idea that we can do anything we want, have anything we want and we are always unaffected. But sooner or later it will all collapse and even the half-way house will no longer provide a shelter for us. Sooner or later we are all forced to go on the real path as our personal hurricanes hunt us down… (Related Post)
When the winds blow and the rain falls, become the eye in your personal hurricane, seek the soul connection within, and experience an infinite peace that knows no end, knowing that everything will work out as it should.
About the Author
David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.” He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe. For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.
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