– by Shanti Dewi, Cecilia
Sometimes when we are desperate, we move about blindly to find what we are looking for. At times, the harder we try finding an answer, the more dead-ends we encounter. We feel frustrated, helpless. The fact is, many of us over-complicate matters, not realizing that often times, the answer to a question is right in front of us if we allow it to appear. All we need to do is ask the question and then pay attention.
I encountered a simple example to share. The subject is not something that people discuss every day, astral travel. I was very curious about but had difficulty understanding the concept of astral travel. I mean, I knew what it was, in what ways it could happen, but I couldn’t quite imagine how it worked. I read a number of books to try to get a clear picture, to be able to clearly visualize it. Or perhaps, I wanted to know what it would feel like. I searched and searched, but nothing satisfied my curiosity. I took a workshop that discussed and gave an opportunity for a hands-on practice. I understood the theory, but my curiosity still nagged; something felt missing. So, I gave up.
I wasn’t looking anymore when one day I went to the neighbourhood library to look for a good weekend read. There in the science fiction row, a book title grabbed my interest, “Rising Darkness ” by Thea Harrison. I don’t usually like to read sci-fi / fantasy books; I like to watch them in the movies and see how things are depicted, not read and imagine them. But, for some strange reasons, I decided to borrow that book. The moment I read the first paragraph of chapter one, I knew that book didn’t come to my attention for no reason. There was something there that I needed to read. True enough, the story was about recognizing past-life in dreams, psychic realm, and yes… astral travel. I drank in every paragraph, every detail describing the astral travel event. I finally understood. As I read on, this ‘knowing’ just kept flowing. It was so clear to me. Of course, to actually experience astral travel one would need practice. However, for now, what I wanted to know, I got from a very unlikely source. The story and some other things told in there may be just fiction, but I know that the author either did a very good research before writing that book or she herself is a psychic because some parts in her book is very true. I experienced some of it first-hand, actually, even astral travel. I just didn’t know it when it happened to me.
When I said I knew in what ways astral travel could happen, I meant something that would involve shock, near-death experience, that sort of thing. I didn’t know that it could happen in somebody’s normal life or in a dream-state. I could have had my answer during the workshop I’d mentioned, but I was looking too hard. I had an expectation. What was presented to me, I unknowingly denied it because it was not what I expected.
So, the next time something unusual happens to you, don’t be too quick to discount it as just your imagination. It could very well be a spiritual experience. The universe may be trying to tell you something. And, the next time you go around looking for an answer, look for it with an open mind. Your answer will come in ways that you may not expect. If you don’t pay attention, you will likely miss it.