Universal Tough Love

The influential mythologist Joseph Campbell once offered this, “The Universe always strikes you at your weakest point because that’s what most needs strengthening.”

Although the word ‘strike’ is an interesting choice, Campbell is relaying that the Universe perpetually offers us the chance to evolve. One might even say, It insists on it.

Generally our fears are exaggerations of limitation in a landscape of infinite potentiality. Through fear we see the world as an unfair punch to the gut, a strike, yet the Universe will not stop showcasing one wondrous manifestation after another through cooperative lives. Its our choice to either abolish the fear and get on board the success train or let the fear expand and keep brewing a special kind of hate for the ones who seem to have it all.

I continuously return to the motto that how we do anything is how we do everything. The genius in those words reminds me how every facet of our being is interconnected just like every organ, cell, muscle and internal system is likewise interconnected.  If I have a toothache, the pain is experienced far beyond the isolated area of tooth and gum. It can produce fever, affect sleep, prompt anxiousness and much more. So, if I have a pain in one area of my thinking, my whole being is affected.

The same truth applies to our emotional pain and fear – if I stay loyal to the weakening theme that my talents are under appreciated, then the reciprocal nature of law will produce an effect whereby this self-generated prophecy becomes fulfilled throughout all of my affairs, not just some of them.

Knowing this, do I really want to stay loyal to a weak theme? Do I want to keep brewing my own potion of excuse and jealousy? After all, are we not as strong as our weakest belief?

The Universe is the manifested playground of our mental atmosphere. It is the impressionable field of human
reality that is completely generated, populated and decorated by our loyal thoughts.  Yet, even when our choice of thought ignores the infinite Life-Principle, the Life-Principle will not ignore us. It simply keeps revealing itself. It reveals success, expansion and love all around us. We might angrily shake our fist at those who have these things. Still, this principle simply extends reminders that each of these positive qualities are ours as well. This is the ‘strike’ Campbell refers to.

Call it the greatest act of tough love. The Universe, comprised of incomparable love, conspires to lift us to our infinite capabilities. It won’t ever let up because love never lets up.

David AultDavid Ault is an internationally known author and celebrated metaphysical teacher and speaker. He is an ordained minister through Centers for Spiritual Living and currently serves as the Senior Minister of Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. His weekly messages are heard and viewed by thousands across the world. Since his spiritual reawakening in the mid 1980s, Ault has traveled the globe offering his gifts as a singer/songwriter, speaker, and facilitator. 

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