Life has changed dramatically for me in the last three months. I haven’t won the lottery or become Time magazine’s Person of the Year. And my spiritual life coaching practice has yet to take off.
Yet, I am experiencing a happiness about life that I have never experienced before. I’m so excited about it that I want to share it with you.
And it’s yours, too, free for the taking.
It began a few months back while I was reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. One of Tolle’s recommendations for a more joyful life was to “see the divine in all things” and to feel it in yourself.
The idea stuck with me for a while in all its glory but faded like a sunset. Then, while reading Adyashanti’s book Resurrecting Jesus, I came across a quote by Thomas Merton: “Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time.”
Bam! The lights turned on again. Merton’s quote reanimated Tolle’s words about seeing the divine in all things. And that light has remained radiant since.
Like undergoing Lasik, I’m seeing life with a clarity I haven’t experienced even during the “pink cloud” days of my sobriety. Its effect has transformed the way I see and react to life. And my friends and family have experienced a ripple effect from this shift as well.
How has this shift in seeing expressed itself in my life? Simple: I’m excited about life.
By seeing the divine in all things, I’m no longer battling life. I’m finally able to put into practice the Big Book quote about “living life on life’s terms.” Amazingly, this is true even during the moments when I would normally pick up the sword again to fight against what my ego perceives as threats.
I accept life now. Fighting life was what fueled my alcoholism. By fighting life, I was fighting God. It’s not surprising that I sucked at life.
When I see the divine in all things and feel it within myself, I form a very deep and intimate connection with God through life. In this deepened relational state, I feel in sync with life as it unfolds…even the experiences that I perceive as negative. All experiences are lessons for my ultimate good and growth.
By seeing the divine in all things, I also see people differently. As children of God, we each have the spirit of God in us just as a drop of ocean water contains the essence of the ocean. I now see people as divine beings first and their roles second. Whether it’s chatting with someone in the line at the grocery store or dealing with a DMV agent, I am in contact with God. How can this truth not be transformative—and exciting!
I invite you to adopt the idea of seeing the divine in all things. Consciously look for it in all things—at work, at home, and at play—in all the things that you do today and in all the people you come in contact today. Look for “the divine shining through.” Look at life through this new pair of glasses. I would love to hear from you about what you see!
If you’d like to be free of your addiction, please contact me at ValuesBasedRecovery@gmail.com. I work with people who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction as well as behavioral addictions such as food, porn, and gambling. I work with clients in person or on the Zoom live video platform.
RJ Handley, Addiction Recovery Coach