I once saw someone wearing a T-shirt with these words printed on the front: “Be patient with me. God isn’t finished with me yet.” Spiritually we are all “works in progress,” lovingly, unrelentingly being shaped by a divine hand.
The process of creation and evolution — whether for a great, heavenly body or an individual soul — has in each case a similar pattern. Let’s start with the example of the birth of a star. It begins with nebulous gasses spanning vast reaches of space whose atoms drift about at great distances from one another. Occasionally, two of these atoms happen to drift together, and their combined mass makes it easier for them to attract a third, and then a fourth, and eventually more and more.
Such a ball of matter keeps growing until its gravitational field can at last encompass millions of miles. At a certain point a great implosion occurs, sucking in gasses from vast distances. Then the gravitational force of this huge mass becomes so great that changes occur within its very atomic structure, and a star is born!
In The New Path, Swami Kriyananda compares this process to our own spiritual development: “The soul, similarly, in its gradual progress toward divine wisdom, develops the ‘gravitational’ power by which it attracts and holds the understanding it needs for enlightenment, until at last, in the firmament of living beings, it becomes a veritable ‘star.’”
Like attracts like. Every choice we make to meditate, to practice spiritual teachings in daily life, to attune ourselves with higher consciousness helps to create a magnetic vortex. Not only does this magnetism strengthen our positive habits, and draw support from the universe, it also firmly, unshakably fixes our consciousness in higher vibrations.
Swamiji once told us that even a single kind word, thought, or action elevates our consciousness. (Unfortunately the reverse is also true: A hurtful thought or action pulls our consciousness down, so that even little acts of unkindness have a cumulative negative effect.)
In meditation, the more we concentrate on the light of the spiritual eye, the more that light fills our being. Each step forward along the way strengthens our resolve and fosters further progress. The time comes when the spiritual eye itself — the vibrant blue field surrounded by a golden halo with a radiant silver-white star in the middle — becomes a clear, highly magnetic perception. Then all the little wayward thoughts of outward longings, self-doubt, and indifference — all the resistances of the ego — will implode, and the great star of our inner spiritual awakening will be born.
Evolution holds sway over everything in the universe, from the tiny atoms in the air we breathe to the vastness of the greatest star. Our own divinely ordained evolutionary journey stretches out before each of us as well. Perhaps God isn’t finished with us just yet, but let’s do our best to achieve the great potential for which we were born.