Spiritual lessons while rock climbing

It’s been an awesome summer of living, loving, giving, and rich with blessings. It’s amazing how you go to serve and end up greatly blessed by all the love and spiritual lessons you receive. What a wonderful law of divine Love this is – “whatever blesses one [truly] blesses all”1.

While I was rock climbing on Bowen Island, Canada, at a summer camp for girls, a spiritual lesson came to me.

When I initially started the climb I thought it would be much easier than it was! I didn’t recall how different climbing walls are from actually climbing on rocks!

I was making steady progress up the rock face. Until I got to one point where it just didn’t seem like there was any possible way to go up higher. (Isn’t that symbolic of our spiritual journey sometimes?!)

And I thought, “Well, I could just give up now. I’ve gotten far enough; there’s no real requirement that I get any further.”

There didn’t seem to be a present solution (foot or hand-hold on the rock). But I decided to take a moment and be still.

A line from a poem/hymn by Mary Baker Eddy immediately came to me: “Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock…”2

I thought, “Rock! How cool! What a perfect angel message!” I immediately felt a sense of peace that comes from a conscious realization of the presence of God, divine Spirit, Love.

I looked up and saw a hand hold! And I finished the rest of the climb joyously in only a few moments.

Taking a moment to “Be still, and know that I am God”3 helped open my thought to see the glorious blessings, solutions and present possibilities that were right there in front of me (literally!).

I was joyful after this climb, not because I’d made it to the top, but because of this revelation – this “healing” – I had while climbing.

This lesson about keeping a spiritual pace in life has been a continual reminder to me. Not being tempted to get caught up in the hypothetical rush that seems to surrounds us, but to take those moments to pause and be still. Listen for those angel messages. It makes such a difference!

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Footnotes
1 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy, p. 206
2 Poems, “Christ my Refuge”, Eddy, p. 11
3 The Bible (KJV), Psalms 46:10

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