From The Bridge of Silver Wings
Between the hopelessness of despair capable of destroying a life, and the strength that comes with self assurance capable of empowering a life, there sits a great chasm with which many people struggle when attempting to cross from one side to the other. For some, the struggle occurs only once in their lifetime and, if they manage to achieve victory, their triumph endows them with a sense of confidence, inspiration, and conviction that serves their needs for the rest of their lives. For others, crossing the gulf between desolation and faith can take the form of a battle that they wage on an annual basis. For millions more––possibly your next door neighbor, a favorite grocery store clerk, your pastor, or yourself––the battle explodes into a raging war which they are forced to fight every day.
How do we make our way out of the pit of freezing shadows that can stall a life in progress upon learning one has contracted an irreversible disease? How does a spouse or parent make his or her way back to sanity after receiving the mind-crippling news that someone who “meant everything in the world to me” has been killed in a desert thousands of miles away, or on the college campus just down the street? By what means can one hope to reestablish individual balance or wholeness after suffering heart-crushing trauma at the hands of a stranger who himself is stumbling blind through grief and rage and confusion?
The truth is we do not always know how we go from falling off the edge of one cliff to running with determination beside the ledge of another. The Bridge of Silver Wings is what I’ve come to call the unknowable unquantifiable process of deliverance in action. It is what saves a given soul when that soul no longer has any idea how to save itself. It may be described as Creator, divinity, the angelic, love, good fortune, dharma, grace, faith, or any number of ways that provide hints but no irrefutably definitive explanation. It arrives when there’s no logical reason to believe it shall and provides not only a sense of salvation but one of transformation. Whereas the conditions of a specific life may not undergo any kind of miraculous change, the manner in which a person perceives and addresses those issues do. With a revised awareness of what is required to bring balance, healing, hope, and prosperity back into one’s life, a person is often able to achieve exactly that.
The journey across The Bridge of Silver Wings can be extremely frightening. At the same time, it can be filled with the kind of joyful revelations and thrilling affirmations of one’s self and destiny that are experienced only when one dares to take it.
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