Embrace Your Divine Destiny

By Ellen Grace O’Brian

We wake up. We discover who we are as spiritual beings and realize that unconditional happiness—bliss—is inherent to our soul. The happiness we have been seeking all our life is at hand. Then what? Then we take the next step on our soul journey of prosperity and live it. Living it is the way we grow up.

What we do, how we engage fully in life, is the pathway for our prosperity to be realized. Although we are inherently prosperous, prosperity is not a static state. It is a divine destiny, waiting for us to step forth into it. That step, even though it is toward our Self, can seem like the most terrifying step we have ever taken. We are about to cross the chasm between who we thought we were with our doubts and self-imposed limitations and discover what becomes possible when we open ourselves to divine grace and power. Arriving at that chasm stretching between the small self and the great Self is a moment of profound grace. What does this moment hold? Love and fear, Self-knowing and doubt, courage and resistance. Which will we choose?

Like many steps we take along the spiritual path of awakening, we are following in the footsteps of those who have made this journey before. We are following a universal pattern of the soul’s unfolding, though, paradoxically, we can only do that in our unique way. Sri Aurobindo, in his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, wrote:

The supreme, the faultless largest law of action is to find out the truth of your own highest and inmost existence and live in it and not to follow any outer standard…. Know then your self; know your true self to be God and one with the self of all others; know your soul to be a portion of God.

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Excerpted from the book The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, copyright © 2018 by Ellen Grace O’Brian. Ellen is a teacher, writer, poet, and the spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, California. Ordained by a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, she has taught Kriya Yoga philosophy and practice for over three decades. Find out more about her work at ellengraceobrian.com. Published with permission from New World Library, NewWorldLibrary.com.

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