The Stripping ProcessI keep hearing from people who are going through major changes in their lives where they appear to lose what they hold dear. I went through a similar process years ago which completely changed my world view.
This piece, written four years ago, gives an insight into the process.
The Stripping Process
The other day I met the entrepreneur, Richard Branson who I've always admired. After meeting him I was curious why we'd met at that moment in time. Why not earlier or even later? After I had browsed his website and noticed his latest book "Business Stri pped Bare," I realised why.
Recently, a friend and I compared notes about our life paths. Both of us realised that even though we're coming from different perspectives, we have both gone through the "stripping process." This is what I've written elsewhere:
"The stripping process is when you lose everything you hold dear i.e. material possessions, health, relationships, career, home, beliefs and you're feeling down and out. It's a time that can feel very insecure and even frightening. Then God, Love, Spirit, your True Self (or whatever Higher Power you believe in) starts moulding you according to HIS will in order that HE can express HIS purpose through you. During that process you get to realise who you truly are. When people go through this process of stripping, their natural reaction is to either try to fix their old relationships and make things work; or they replace everything they've lost with new stuff, new ideas, new people, new career, new home, etc. While it is natural to replace the old with the new, if what you've replaced the vacuum with is not in harmony with your True Self, you're going to end up back to square one because that incongruence will create the same disturbance where you end up losing everything. It is at that point when people come to a place of complete surrender and obedience to the will of Spirit. Then, and only then, can the True Self/Spirit express as each individual."
~~ "Love Conquers All" (see link below)
So now it makes sense why I was interested in connecting with Richard because, in a way, we're both kindred spirits who have experienced the stripping process from our different vantage points. I'm so glad we made that connection, albeit a brief meeting.
It seems to me the global economy is going through a similar process of stripping of the old "order" in order for Spirit economy to emerge.
These are interesting times!
Peace be with you all.
(c) E Joseph
Link for "Love Conques All": http://beingthemagic1.blogspot.co.uk/2008/08/love-conquers-all.html