Here is the bad news; New Age spirituality has been lying to us all along. Ultimately most of us want a similar outcome – a life of joy, peace and happiness. Some of the marketeers taught us that we can get there easily; it’s just a case of going on a few retreats, buying a few books, doing our yoga practice, and before you can say ‘Deepak Chopra’ you find yourself on the fast-train to Nirvana. The bad news is that this just isn’t true because we are missing one important piece out of the puzzle; overcoming our dark side.
There is a phenomenon sometimes referred to as “the dark night of the soul” which refers to the rite of passage that all spiritual warriors go through, overcoming obstacles on their way to the light. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Elijah all had to pass through difficult challenges and so do we. Each success leads to a refinement of our personality and soul, although the nature of a challenge is that it can be difficult and lead us through the dark aspects of our inner self before we get to a place of light.
The Kabbalists were fascinated with the character of Pinchas, a zealot who saw two people from different nations were transgressing the law by having sexual intercourse in public. Pinchas ran his spear through them, and was shortly thereafter granted a ‘Covenant of Peace’ (Brit Shalom), the priesthood, and defended (by Moses). His acts brought the end of a plague that had killed 24,000 people. We can only imagine what sort of personal challenges Pinchas must have overcome, to have to perform such an extreme act, to face criticism by the populace, whilst staying true to his core beliefs and higher goals.
My martial arts teacher suggested that the Pinchas story is about overcoming our inner demons. Realising the part of us that we need to slay, in order to step into our true self, step up the game and step into the light. We brush up against our dark side every time we meet with someone who deeply annoys or irritates us – in most cases they are purely reflecting and highlighting a part of our self that we have not refined or accepted.
What is the Pinchas within you? The part of you that is zealous and wants to achieve something great?
What is standing in the way between you and your greatness?
What is the difficult, dark or challenge that you need to overcome? What is the part of you that you need to pierce, that you need to be done with?
Today, take your spear of truth and be ready to sacrifice something within you to achieve a higher cause. Be strong!
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HOW TO APPLY THIS IN THE BOARDROOM: How are you holding yourself back in business? What is the difficult decision or act that you are avoiding?
HOW TO APPLY THIS ON THE MEDITATION CUSHION: Raise the question: what is the dark part of myself that I need to overcome? Which personality traits do I see in other people that repel me, and what do I need to refine within myself?
HOW TO APPLY THIS ON THE YOGA MAT: Warrior poses; do them, stand strong, hold the postures until your muscles are shaking and go to the edge of your level of comfort. Play that edge and step beyond.
Based on Parshat Pinchas. It is fascinating; the Zohar explains that Pinchas is a reincarnation of various souls; he has the reincarnated soul of Elijah the Prophet but also parts of the souls of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu which returned to complete part of their soul-mission. Pinchas is introduced as “son of Elazar, son of Aaron the Cohen”…except the was not Aaron’s son at all, at least in the physical sense! Rather the Zohar explains that he had inherited the souls of Aaron’s sons which is why he was introduced with that title.