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Half done!  And yet not really a fraction done; challenges end, spiritual development goes on for a lifetime, perhaps for lifetimes. 

I did more work today on the grief issue in my throat. I brought the mantra into it and could quickly see the way sadness gathereed at my throat and connected to the belly. 

As I sank in deeper the mantric consciousness pattern pulled me into what felt like a tight ball at my throat.  There was a numbness at its core, but as I went in further yet I sensed the pain which that numbness masked. A child’s pain, surely : frozen tears from unexpressed grief felt at life’s unfairness. The mantra drew me in still further and I felt an outer layer of the ball slip away. After several minutes, this happened again.  My throat felt slightly clearer, but the basic pattern remained. About 43 minutes had passed.