• 126th International Peace Meditation “Enduring the Test of Time”

    “Enduring the Test of Time”

    June 3, 2007-Relationships ebb and flow. They are intense when needed, such as when children are in their formative years and require direct supervision. Youth require parental oversight during their development into adulthood. If the relationships between youth and parents have successfully navigated the release of youth into adulthood, the relationships need to be re-established adult-to-adult, and can serve to provide stability and emotional support as each, parent and adult child, go through the remaining adult life stages.

    Social relationships outside the family have their own patterns. Lovers’ courting is generally intense. The commitment phase eliminates the stages where insecurity about the future is the prevailing hallmark. Following permanent commitment such as marriage, the couples begin to adjust to the day-to-day routines of co-reliance.

    Adult children and their parents need to forge new relationships at this time. Physical reliance is transferred to one’s mate, but emotional support is still essential for parents and their adult children. Thus the support network broadens as each person within it meets new challenges and joys.

    Putting the past into perspective requires releasing perceptions of each other, and seeing the other person as he/she actually is. Adult children may still carry unrealistic ideas of their parents, and, when the parents fail to live up to childhood expectations, the adult child may become disillusioned and bitter. It is at this time that the lesson of acceptance, seeing each of one’s parents not in idyllic terms, but each as another struggling soul on a spiritual path, vulnerable to the circumstances of the world, and sometimes living in a manner reflective of past poor decisions.

    New families, or new configurations of families, result when adults make marriage commitments, whether to be together or to dissolve past commitments. These changes may produce stress until issues of acceptance occur. Pain occurs when we hold on to past memories. Releasing them, and moving forward allows new opportunities to present.

    Each person is on his/her unique spiritual path. Decisions are made that create direction-changing jobs, getting married, having a child. Each decision eliminates concurrent options. Thus, looking back, one can see the path one has chosen. Illnesses, divorces, and addictions may create temporary, or even permanent changes in direction. Yet, each decision one makes contributes to the whole of one’s life. Parents often find it difficult to navigate their children’s choices, yet it is these choices that develop the adult child’s life direction, and concomitant life lessons. Even when the adult child appears to be making unwise decisions, lessons are already there waiting to be learned.

    Letting go of the past and seeing the adult child as well as the older parent taking the next step in their life’s unfolding allows each to grow, learn the soul’s lessons, contribute talents in service, and then take the next step in their spiritual growth and evolution.

    Acceptance of change is a difficult life lesson, and the spiritual sojourner often requires many challenges until the lesson is learned. All life is evolution of the soul. Not allowing for life’s lessons by attempting to control experiences denies the full benefit of the lesson.

    This meditation is dedicated to the opportunities provided each of us as we move on our individual spiritual paths and the evolution of our soul.

    Sue Kidd Shipe, Ph.D.
    Executive Director

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