A Spiritual Catch-22

Facing Reality

I’ve always known that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, yet I’ve never heard it described in such a thought provoking way. — Editor’s Note from Nicholas Pepe

Having a title like the one above opens the flood gates for a discussion of ‘What is Reality?’ There seems to be a consensus these days that reality is what you make of it. You, alone, determine how you are going to react to or view a situation. This is true, but there is a catch…a Catch-22 to be exact. If you have never read Heller’s book, Catch-22 was an air force rule that stated only insane pilots could not fly on bombing missions that not only put their lives in jeopardy but killed as many if not more civilians than strategic enemy targets and men. If a pilot refused to fly, which was proof the pilot was sane because he understood the situation and therefore could not be excused from the mission. If a pilot kept quiet and did not express his views about bombing missions, he was sent on them because he was not objecting to going. Either way the pilots were, to be polite, between a rock and a hard place.

Much the same can be said of life in the third dimension. We are souls having a human experience and to make this experience worthwhile we souls are given a human body and an ego in order to understand polarity and all things that we are not. How can we truly know what love is if we have never experienced hate? What light is without dark? Inside our 3-D selves is a blending of light and dark and we must to face that darkness within if we are to grow. Our souls have to sit back (no doubt often in horror) as they watch their human half struggle to overcome polarity in all forms without committing egregious acts.

One of the hardest things for a person to do once they have embarked on their spiritual path, is to admit they have a dark side. Their refusal amounts to hoping that, by ignoring their dark side, it will go away. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Our dark side is there to teach us who we are. This does not give us permission to go out and hurt others or commit horrendous acts. Rather it shows us the wide range of reactions we can have to different situations, reactions that run the gamut from breathtakingly beautiful to disgustingly bad. What must be remembered is that we should not be judged because we have such a wide range of reactions; they are part and parcel of life. These reactions occur inside us and are not made real until we act upon one of them. It is our choosing of how to act in relation to any given situation that determines our reality. If we choose to act from the heart and not from the darkness within then we will have much more enjoyable experience and, thereby, a much more enjoyable life, as will those with whom we interact.

By Steve Clayton, Contributor to Energy Medicine on Allthingshealing.com


heather g.
heather g5 years ago

Thank you Dr Peake for so clearly setting out what we regard as our reality.

Admittedly, I often look or listen to people and think "Do you have no self-respect?" I don't say anything or react but, oh, what judgemental thoughts. I often say a little silent prayer hoping that I never behave like that.
I enjoyed reading your article because you express the truth so clearly....... "A spiritual being having a human experience".....

Snezana Miletic
Snezana M5 years ago


Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Nice one thank you for sharing. It's all a ride.

Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Thank you Dr. Peake.

Jos� Mar�

True Why there´s day? because there are nigth

Ana P.
A. R5 years ago

I have no idea what this article is about or what point it's trying to make.

"Much the same can be said of life in the third dimension. We are souls having a human experience and to make this experience worthwhile we souls are given a human body and an ego in order to understand polarity and all things that we are not."

WTF? Where is the proof for that? Why does Care2 publish such nonsense?

Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

Hmmm, a constant fight with light/dark, good/evil. Seems like we are always at battle with ourselves/ego. At least, this was my take on this article.

Cassandra Fountain

If spirituality is a myth than how can we be blessed? We are spirtual being by nature. We all have a desire to do what is right and to please God. Understanding that he is all there is and reverencing him as a father keeps us in line and doing what is good and right and pleasing in his sight.

Thorn Briar
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you