What’s funny about spirituality? Having studied metaphysics since 1982, it’s become clear to me that it’s all a cosmic joke. As a matter of fact, I’ve been reminded from the other side that the first thing we hear when we leave these bodies is laughter.
The spirit realm, at least the flow that I’m from, sees it as hilarious that we are brilliantly powerful spirits, hiding behind veils of unworthiness, guilt, doubt and fear, groveling like chickens, when we’re capable of soaring like eagles.
My first spiritual teacher, Alan Cohen, wrote, “A Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” It was my bible for many years. As I would fall into my “stinkin’ thinkin,” I could let the text fall open and it would remind me that in this moment I have everything I need. He would share stories about his crazy, stubborn ego, which helped me know I wasn’t alone.
In ’99, I began seeking truths through channelings. I wasn’t totally willing to trust my own intuitive knowings, yet at the same time, I was tired of paying egos to tell me to do it their way. Being a loyal follower, Abraham-Hicks repeatedly reminded me that “we can’t get it wrong and never get it done, so why not be easy about it?” They also shared funny stories about how Esther, the channeler, would hang onto resistance, in her personal life, creating temporary struggle and misery.
I’ve been crying rivers of tears since mental pause hit and I’m now ready to laugh. Becoming a professor of Laughter Yoga has convinced me of the major physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of releasing resistance through laughter. It’s not mandatory to make strange faces at each other in order to do so, however. People have laughed at me this whole incarnation. Unfortunately, I took them personally, becoming indignant about how nobody will ever take me seriously.
I now know that I speak from my heart, which is foreign to most humans. Besides that, this compassionate universe provides me with endless humor every day. For instance, when I began speaking about this idea on Facebook, a representative from a “spiritual” organization responded with, “Let’s talk about this for our facility.” I informed her that a friend and I had indeed attempted that last fall and were met with much resistance. My inner Pollyanna couldn’t leave it at that, so I emailed, asking to go for coffee and laugh about starting one there. The reply I received was, “I’m way too busy to consider anything like that.”
It’s funny! I consider myself a graduate of the “school of hard knocks.” Most “spiritual” institutions are still cerebral, totally missing the boat about how we’re One Tribe with all that we need in our heart of hearts.
The frosting on the cake is that Hanakia Zedek likes the idea. I’ve been wanting to create together for years. For me it’s like the cereal commercial, “Hey Mikey, he likes it.”
Hanakia and I will be at the Living Waters Cafe, laughing over a delicious, organic meal from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12. Consider joining us.