Principle #6 for the Spiritual Journey, by Joy Collins

My spouse is a professor of chiropractic. Yesterday our 16 year old niece, Kristen, interviewed Maggie for her junior thesis on alternative medicine. Kristen is pre-med and it bodes well for her future patients that she shows such open-mindedness! At one point Maggie spoke about a principle in chiropractic medicine, number 6 to be exact, which states, “The Principle of Time – There is no process that does not require time.”

I think this principle applies to a lot more than just chiropractic. As a matter of fact, it is why Wellspring takes 10 months and many meetings, readings, spiritual practice sessions, and conversations. A teacher of mine, Loch Kelly uses the phrase “many small moments” as another way to describe the slow, sometimes imperceptible pace of spiritual growth.

I have a hard time with this, as I want the big breakthrough, the ecstatic place of bliss, the One with the All. And I want it NOW without a lot of effort. The unhealthy part about that is I then judge myself harshly when I only see baby steps or even backsliding.

So today, when I had one of my procrastinating mornings, avoiding a big project, I have a choice. Do I mentally beat myself up for dawdling? Or do I say to myself, “Ah, Principle 6 – take a breath, and start anew, Joy.”

May we all be blessed with the patience to allow “#6 The Principle of Time” to work her magic on our spiritual journeys.

6 Responses to “Principle #6 for the Spiritual Journey, by Joy Collins”

  1. atheist physicist

    I was raised UU and I generally enjoy the community and the approach to spirituality, but I have to say, this just makes me sad.
    Please, please do not rejoice in the fact that your pre-med niece is “open-minded” about medical treatments that are not based on scientific principles. Do you know what the other principles of chiropractic are? They sound like something a wizard in a fantasy story would say. They don’t make sense! Sure, one or two sound like common sense platitudes, but that doesn’t make chiropractic in any way medically sound. I hope you read a little more about what chiropractic really is, and that you take a look at this site that catalogs some examples of the harms of chiropractic treatment.

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  2. One of the beauties of UU-ism and of Wellspring in particular, is a willingness to listen and hold multiple viewpoints. Chiropractic ruffles some and is a life-saver for others. May we listen with respect and openness.

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  3. atheist physicist

    I am always willing to listen to multiple viewpoints, but I consider it a mark of integrity and intelligence not to hold *contradictory* viewpoints simultaneously. (I don’t think one of the “beauties of UU-ism” is the ability for an individual to “hold… multiple viewpoints” arbitrarily, without regard to the content of those viewpoints.) I also value the marketplace of ideas — I respect people to the utmost, but I do not respect opinions in and of themselves. Opinions should be challenged and discussed, so that we can sift out the truth. I will happily and politely listen to any idea anyone wants to put forward, and then I will gather evidence, and consider that idea and the existing evidence, and then either incorporate that idea into my understanding of the world, withhold judgment until we have more evidence, *or* respectfully express my disagreement. I believe that is what open-minded means — there is a difference between being open-minded and being gullible.

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  4. I find it interesting that some of us seemed to have missed the gist of this installment.

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