Groundhog Day

It is within the patterns of our life that we find our purpose.

There’s a popular movie from the early 1990’s called Groundhog’s Day. It’s a comedy about a man who becomes stuck in a loop where the same day repeats itself. Each morning, Phil awakens and its February 2nd all over again. No matter what he does, he cannot seem to progress to the following day. At first, he sees this as carte blanche to do whatever he pleases. However, it’s not long before Phil becomes disillusioned with the state of his repetitive life and attempts to end it all. Still he inevitably awakens on the morning of February 2nd.

It is in Phil’s exhaustion and hopelessness that he begins to contemplate his place and purpose in the loop.

He understands that he can use the repetition the universe has provided him to make himself and the world better: He learns to speak French, play the piano, and after witnessing the death of a homeless man, creates a plan to avert this and other disasters from happening. It is only then that the cycle is broken.

It’s a funny and clever film, but perhaps the greatest reason it has become such a classic is because it speaks truth to our soul.

“Once we recognize the moments that repeatedly pop up in our own movies, we can seize them for the gifts they truly afford us.”

Each of us has our own “Groundhog’s Day,” an unpleasant situation that continuously repeats. Maybe we leave one job to get away from our tyrant of a boss only to arrive at a new one where the boss is an even greater nightmare. Many people divorce their spouse only to end up marrying the same kind of person with similar shortcomings years later. What is this phenomenon that sees the universe placing recurring patterns before us? And more to the point, how do we break the cycle?

The kabbalists had a name for these patterns: tikkun, indicating that which we have come back to correct. Each lifetime may afford us several chances to accomplish our tikkun, to learn the lesson and make the inner changes necessary for our spirit to progress along its journey.

Once we recognize the moments that repeatedly pop up in our own movies, we can seize them for the gifts they truly afford us. For instance, maybe the reason one is faced with a tyrannical boss is to find the areas where they themselves lack kindness and mercy with others, or perhaps it is to learn to stand up to an authority figure if that has been a persistent problem throughout one’s life. If someone finds themselves dating or married to the same kind of person time and again, it could be to learn how to accept someone’s shortcomings and love unconditionally, or it could be simply to start looking outside the box! This is a deeply personal spiritual work; only you can recognize the patterns, and only you can decipher what they are meant to teach you.

The Great Work

Answer me this Batman……If the soul comes from a place of perfection, no lack, no darkness and only abundance and beneficence…..Then Why make the trip?

The last several posts have been an attempt to bring the map of spiral dynamics into your awareness and, together, do some intellectual inquiry. There a few reasons I chose to re-introduce spiral dynamics, however, the main one was to illuminate the momentous shift from Tier 1 Consciousness to Tier 2….For over 25 years now, I have re-cognized that this move is one way to explain “The Great Work.” Here is another way..

After watching this video the question most of you may be asking is …What is Natural Law? If you read and studied The Kybalion with me then you already know. If you haven’t then time to do some research. Two clicks on your computer and you can access The Seven Hermetic Laws/Principles which is the outline of Natural Law.

The point of this particular post is to transition from Spiral Dynamics to the concept of The Great Work. And specifically, it is to highlight that it is not all Love, Light and Unicorns. The darkness is real. The opposite of “Good” is “Evil”. The biggest trick the devil pulled off is convincing you that he does not exist.

There are a lot of people in the highest stage of Tier 1 …..those who are primed to move into Tier……the color “Green,” who have a very difficult time accepting this. It is my experience that this unwillingness to look at the darkness, the unpleasant, the distasteful….is the biggest block to moving into Tier 2.

Hang on to your panties because the sea is churning and the boat of illusion is struggling to stay afloat. This website, the yoga, the meditation sessions, the maps, the blog posts, the videos…is all about The Great Work. It is about becoming aware of, doing the skills training and mastering “Swimology.”

“If you die before you die then when you die you won’t die.” Why Wake Up? Why do this work? Why not just enjoy your life and do whatever needs to be done to not rock the boat? Ken Wilber offers a perspective…