By Gurudevi Nirmalananda
I remember getting leg pains in my adolescence. I felt a deep inner ache that had a sharp edge to it. The doctor called them growing pains. He offered no treatment, no help whatsoever, saying I’d outgrow the growing pains. It’s true; I did. You will outgrow your growing pains, too.
The leg pains are caused by muscular tension. The bones are growing faster than the muscles. The muscles are holding tight while the bones attached to them are growing longer, stretching the muscles and tendons to a new length.
If my childhood doctor had simply recommended some gentle massage, or maybe some yoga, my growing pains would have disappeared. Nowadays, maybe they even recommend yoga? Looking back, I can see that it would have helped me grow into myself much more smoothly: on all levels, body, mind, heart and spirit.
Everyone wants to get a boost. Like a child sitting on daddy’s shoulders, you want to see beyond where you’re stuck. You’re hoping to bound into the next level, leaving this one behind. Of course, you can do things to move that along. However, your ability to discern what to do, as well as to actually do it, is part of what you’re growing into.
The biggest boost is Shaktipat, the initiation into Self-Knowingness. Yet Shaktipat doesn’t give you the ability to avoid your growth processes. Instead, it gives you the clarity of knowing what you need to do, why to do it and where you’ll be when you’ve done it…