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.