Break the cord and fly like a bird.

fly like a bird

When you feel as if you are in a deep darkness because of doubt, fear, illness, or depression, rather than try to desperately climb out perhaps it would be better to “walk in the dark.”  Often when we try too hard we only get more discouraged and if we go with the flow while we try, we slowly feel better.

We can be attached to our pursuit of happiness and health to the point of forgetting we are human.  We can expect ourselves, our doctors, therapists, spiritual directors, and priests to completely heal us, as if they were god.  Pursuing health and happiness are good but need to be kept in balance.  If we pine for them too much, we ignore the fact that only God can fully heal us and bring us lasting happiness.  

When you feel overwhelmed by life’s difficulties St. John of the Cross advises:

“If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.”

“In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.”

“The soul that is attached to anything however much good there may be in it will not arrive at the liberty of divine union.  For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for until the cord be broken the bird cannot fly.”

 

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16 thoughts on “Break the cord and fly like a bird.

  1. There is an innocence within waiting to be remembered. In our daily lives, its forgotten with layer upon layer of programming and positionalities. In our innocence is this done repeatedly, searching high and low for lasting happiness. It must be inside this or within that and so the search goes on, never giving up for we know it lies just over there… somewhere.
    The voice that calls out to us ever so gently, compelling us home. How long can we follow it before the clouds come back again urging us to reconnect with the linear. Floating off to such lofty places and then to be pulled back like a kite on a string. Patience will be the victor for little by little, time after time, we go a bit farther and get closer to the realization we never left, but simply forgot. And then… we remember.

      • I e-mail myself notes! Then when I have time, I either note it in an appropriate journal, or print it out, or just read … Depending on what I sent myself.
        Have a great day, P! 🙂

  2. Good Morning, Seeker. Your post speaks freedom to me … And, the word “attached”, in the quote by St. John of the Cross, reflects something that has been on my mind . . . sharply . . . due to some kind of disruption / invitation to move forward toward God in spite of the resistance. In fact, “attachments” is the exact word that I was reading about in Gerald May’s book, Addiction and Grace. Okay, I’ve gone on enough. Bottom line: another good post. Freedom is what I want, and there is a fight going on to move to the next place, closer to the Father. Thanks for stopping by my blog to visit, and your most encouraging words. I apologize I have not had a chance to visit your blog, nor any other blogs until just recently. I have been submerged in other parts of this journey demanding my attention. Peace, T

    • Hi T. You have another site, eh. I did not recognize you there. No apology necessary, T. Come and go as you, please. As much as I want to visit everybody, it`s impossible. I will check this book at the library for winter reading. Hope it`s an easy read. Attachment and addictions seem to go hand in hand. Grace is what we need on a daily basis. Journey on, T. Blessings.

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  4. Thanks so much for visiting my pretty new blog, you’ve given me a couple of very much appreciated “likes,” thank you! This blogging thing is very new to me, I’m having fun with it and have much to learn.

    Your site is wonderful!!

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