Monday, February 7, 2011

At The Feet Of The Divine

Laying Down Our Burdens

For the past 2,ooo years, give or take, we were never meant to carry our burdens alone.

We all know the feeling of trudging through life, feeling the overpowering burden of our worries and stresses upon our backs and our shoulders, upon our hearts and our minds.

We struggle to move forward, but it often seems that there is no real way to do so in a free and fluid manner.

We all long to lay our burdens down, but we are not always able to find a resting place.

Imagining that we could do so would enlist a tremendous sigh of relief and thus a sense of enlightenment and the ability to open ourselves to assist with the burdens of others and to be able to lift our heads in order to see the light that exists ahead of us and bask in its warmth.


The human imagination is a wonderful and powerful tool.

We can use our imagination to embark upon journeys that take us far away from our troubles, worries and woes.


We can dream, and we can build upon our dreams, once we unleash our minds from the troubles and concerns that bind us with their negativity and halt the flow of spiritual energy.

Through this, we are also able to bring to reality the fact that we can lay down our troubles, such as we would do so with backpacks at a campsite before a hike, at the feet of God, our Divine.

It is then that we are able to release what we can't handle on our own and we give God the trust He deserves.


No matter how intelligent we are, no matter how capable we are,or how hard we work; not one of us can single-handedly cope with all the worries, troubles and concerns that so many of us do in our daily lives.

We were never designed to do so.


Our own and individual well being depends upon our own ability to give to God that which we can no longer carry the burden of.

Visualizing ourselves carrying our burdens to the feet of God and trusting Him with them can be a powerful daily practice, and God wants us to bring our trials and tribulations to Him.

This can be accomplished by writing our troubles onto paper and burning them, allowing the resulting smoke to rise to the Universe and the resulting ashes to fall to the ground.

A friend of mine writes his concerns into the sands of a nearby beach, allowing time and tide to wash them away forever.

Once the tide washes the written word away, he feels cleansed by Mother Earth.

For a more accessible daily practice however, we can do the following.

We can sit with our eyes closed and envision an all powerful, supremely comforting, loving and caring being standing at the end of a long road.

Then we picture ourselves carrying an awkwardly large box or duffel bag with all of our troubles packed up inside.

We envision ourselves as we travel on with the goal of placing these pieces of baggage at the feet of the one who will rescue us and relieve us from our burdens.

Now, we can place the baggage down and feel the lightness of our heavy load.

Once we are relieved of our burdens, what lies beyond that road?

It is through this vision and faith and trust that we can achieve relief in our mind, in our body, and in our spirit.

Our burdens are heavy, our load is not light, but there is a way to allow ourselves to achieve enlightenment.

It is only when we can lay down our burdens at the feet of The Divine that we can move forward, without burden, to explore and enjoy our lives.

Seek your enlightenment, allow your burdens to be taken away, and live the life you've been given.

With love and light,


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