Preface to My Crisis
"Life is full and overflowing
with the new.
But it is necessary to empty out the old
to make room for the new to enter.
The emptying out process can be very painful,
but it is very necessary
for when you have been emptied of the old,
you may experience that feeling of barrenness,
of having nothing to hold on to,
of being alone and bereft of everything.
You may even feel that I have forsaken you,
that life is completely dead and empty
with no meaning to it,
and you want to throw up your hands in despair
and run away from everything.
Try to realize that if you are going through
a time like this
it is this process of being emptied of the old
so that you can be refilled with the new.
Never give up hope
but hold on
until you can start again
in newness of spirit and in truth...."
Given to Eileen Caddy
Footprints on the Path (1976)
For My Spiritual Crisis