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Part 3; Noah … Building the Ark

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Noah's Ark sandcastle
Creative Commons License photo credit: Sweet One

It doesn’t take much to see how relevant the story of Noah and the Ark is to our personal life journey. The Biblical story describes our own spiritual life journey. We all face “floods” in life. Perhaps the flood we encounter comes to us through loss of job, relationship or loved one; through addiction or mental illness – maybe we lived through abuse or experienced complete financial collapse…. Each person has their own rendition; our flood consists of whatever we feel overwhelmed by…. The flood is that which threatens to take us under …. these are the floods of our life.

How we face these life crises determines whether we survive or are destroyed. Do we feel reborn and free through the hardships we’ve encountered in life or are we left feeling embittered and angry – seeing ourselves as victims of life? How we come through the floods of life depends on one thing … whether or not we’ve built ourselves an ark.

The ark is our life preserver. Like Noah we too must build an inner vessel through daily effort that will deliver us safely through the “floods” of life. Noah’s ark is a symbol representing the sacred vessel we each must create through a daily connection with Source; It is our own inner place or spiritual center that is designed for the specific purpose of meeting and “walking with God” like Noah did.

Build an ark. Find a practice; a discipline that opens and quietens the body and mind and then commit to do it every day. Such is the way to stay afloat through hardship. Your daily practice must be something that fosters a direct and personal relationship with Source. The best ark building practice is one that includes a treatment for all three aspects of the human life expression – the mental, emotional and physical selves.

Are you building your ark? Are you spending daily time walking with Source? Are you listening to the instructions being given you during these alone times? Have you gotten quiet and clear enough to hear the message of love and hope that Source is constantly whispering? If not, you will be wiped out when the flood comes.

2 Responses

  1. I ave faced this hardship lately.I have always been a spiritual person but i did it because i was afraid of being a failure or feeling pain as a result of tragic experiences.In my mind i thought that the purpose of my spirituality was to protect me from harm,if i was spiritual then i would be safe.
    And so when i slipped,and experienced a painful tragedy,i felt that my prayers and trying to live a good life were fruitless and i stopped practising or dwelling on improving m spirituality.I felt helpless and i gave up on being a good person.I had all this questions in my head regarding my faith,why i believed the things i believed and if i believed them at all….
    I feel now that my spiritual self is very important and i need to re-ignite it but for the right reasons.I need to reconnect with my faith,i feel the need to do that.I am learning to see my true inner feelings and beliefs and working from there…

  2. Great writing Lynne 🙂 and very very valid point about building an ark.

    “Build an ark. Find a practice; a discipline that opens and quietens the body and mind and then commit to do it every day. Such is the way to stay afloat through hardship…The best ark building practice is one that includes a treatment for all three aspects of the human life expression – the mental, emotional and physical selves.”

    This is absolutely true. Such is the commitment involved that many of us will give up halfway through building the ark. But some will endure 🙂 And we save all we can, don’t we *Winks*

    Thanks Lynne 🙂

    Eric
    @maynaseric

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