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Human life has existed on earth for millions of years. Each of us has played a recurring role in humanity’s evolution. We have lived before on every corner of the earth from the lost continent of Atlantis to Ancient Egypt to Turtle Island, the home of the Native Americans. Successive incarnations afford us the opportunity for ever greater degrees of transcendence and enlightenment. Each individual forms part of the collective whole. The lessons we learn aid in the development of humanity as deiform consciousness. How fast each of us grows depends on the degree of awakening we are able to attain in each incarnation. The way to unlock the door to greater revelation in the next lifetime is to achieve physical and emotional balance in this one. Moderation is key in achieving this aim. Such moderation requires solid determination.
For many years I had regularly indulged in comfort eating. This reached a peak after I had successfully undergone treatment for a serious illness. My desire to binge on food and drink became greater than ever. I gained a large amount of weight during this time. I had been through a traumatic experience and I recognised that this was a perfectly natural response so I was not overly critical of myself. I was seeking comfort in comestible treats! But eventually I realised that I wanted to get back to my former weight.
I threw my energy into a strict diet but very quickly my body went into starvation mode. I stopped losing weight no matter how much I denied myself. I felt miserable. I soon began to binge again and this caused my weight to increase rapidly. This cycle continued for almost a year. Eventually it occurred to me that my approach to eating meant I simply swapped one kind of excess for another. I was either indulging to excess or denying to excess. Around this time I was advised to adopt a more moderate dieting regime. Instead of ruthlessly avoiding food for long periods I ate sensibly at regular intervals.This approach worked far better. My weight dropped little by little each week. Temptation returned on occasions but I was determined to keep going. Progress was slow but it was constant. Within two months I had returned to the weight I was before my illness. I have continued to eat moderately most of the time since then.
Determined moderation applies to any situation where one might be tempted to go beyond reasonable boundaries. Binge drinking, binge eating, profligacy and ostentatiousness are some of humankind’s most quotidian forms of excess. They hinder one’s progress to a greater awakening in the next incarnation. To escape the treadmill and climb the ladder of transcendence, the middle path is always best.
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