Work on the personality is commonly thought to be what psychotherapy is all about. But personal work is only a part of inner exploration. Beyond personal change, lie the challenges of authentic transformation and real consciousness. The fulfilment of stages of human development is our innate capacity, and it is attained through a single connected process of discovery of the authentic self and the transcendent self.
On this inner journey, we’re asked to take on special challenges and responsibilities and to contribute in ways were likely never expected. These are opportunities for a fresh start, a different perspective, an engagement of long-neglected gifts. Such new adventures often create struggle and hardship. They demand letting go of accustomed ways and embracing God’s call ― to move forward and to grow in new ways. How are the circumstances before us, however puzzling or challenging or even disheartening, an opportunity for God to do something new in us? How do we find the trust to let go of any original (self-decided) plans and encounter God in these new circumstances? How do we discover new life and new energy in a path we would not have chosen, or even imagined, on our own initiative?
Our reluctance to let go of old ways — the way we have always thought about things and done things — can lead to denial and stilling of the spirit. Not every new path is an authentic one, but it should not be surprising that God would offer the grace to find life and meaning in even difficult circumstances and to make what seems at first a disappointment or missed opportunity into a way of new life.
What was, at one time, a good plan may no longer be so in a different time with different demands and opportunities. We can find it in new places and new relationships. All this is rooted in a radical trust in God’s desires for us and God’s fidelity toward us. This trust in God is the foundation of surrender to God’s initial call. In the end, our fidelity is not to any plan or way of doing, but to God himself.