This is from a very important Pathwork Guide Lecture, "THE SPIRITUAL MEANING OF CRISIS!"
"Crisis is an attempt of nature to effect change through the cosmic lawfulness of the universe. If change is obstructed by the ego, the part of the consciousness that directs the will, crisis will occur to make structural change possible. Without such structural change in the entity, no balance can be attained. Every crisis ultimately means such a readjustment, whether it appears in the form of pain, difficulties, upheaval, uncertainty, or merely the insecurity that comes from starting out on unaccustomed ways of living after giving up a familiar one. Crisis in any form attempts to break down old structures based on false conclusions and therefore on negativity. Crisis shakes loose ingrained, frozen habits so that new growth becomes possible. It tears down and breaks up, which is momentarily painful, but transformation is unthinkable without it."
Ten years ago this past Sunday, humanity experienced a collective crisis when the Twin Towers were slammed into by a crazed group of suicidal fanatics. As the Guide says above, we invite crises when we resist ("obstruct") change. The stronger the resistance to change, the greater the crisis we will call in.
Obviously, on September 11, 2001, each of individually experienced a crisis at different levels, depending on how much personally we were resisting change in our own individual lives.
Here's the Guide:
"Change is an integral characteristic of life; where there is life there is unending change. Only those who still live in fear and negativity, who resist change, perceive change as something that ought to be resisted. They resist life itself, and suffering closes in on them more tightly. This happens in people's overall development as well as in specific instances."
To change, of course, is inevitable. Only in our childish imagination do we actually think it's possible to stay the same, even for a moment. So, since change is a given, how do we overcome the futile attempts to resist change and avoid living from crisis to crisis, as so many of us do, whether it's in the form of a terrorist attack, a hurricane or a conflictual relationship break-up or other kinds of traumatic losses?
Well it isn't easy.
Here's the Guide again:
"Crisis can be avoided by looking at the inner truth when the first inklings of disturbance and negativity manifest on the surface. But a tremendous amount of honesty is required to challenge one's tightly cherished convictions. Such challenge cuts out the negative self-perpetuation, the motor force that compounds the destructive, erroneous psychic matter until it finds a breaking point. It avoids the many vicious circles within the human psyche and in relationships that are painful and problematic."
Self-honesty, which includes self-revelation - to ourselves and significant others - is the way to embrace change and live without debilitating crises.
Yes. The Truth will set you free.
So, on this 15th anniversary of that infamous crisis that shook the world, don't waste time indulging in platitudes and pseudo-patriotic vitriol against imagined enemies. Pundits and blow-hards in the media love to talk about how we "changed" after 9/11, but in fact, such people actually only became more entrenched versions of who they already were. Racists and xenophobes only became more racist and xenophobic. Those who indulged in militaristic fantasies of power and domination before 9/11 became more boldly belligerent afterwards. I suppose you could call that "change," but to me, it was more accurately just more of the same.
The reality is, folks, everyone is an actor in the play each of us is writing. Even our villains are teachers, trying to get us to look at ourselves. So, do yourself a favor and take a look before you invite the next crisis into your life.