Book Excerpts

Chapter 16

Entering the Promised Land

What, then, does it mean within the parable of Exodus to enter the Promised Land? What state of mind is alluded to with the Pharaoh-like ego vanquished, no fantasies of Egypt left to beguile us, and a full connection to Spirit reestablished?

Entering the Promised Land is not a sudden awakening. It’s not a rebirth experience, like crossing the Red Sea. There’s no finish line, no fanfare, no sense of triumph—not even relief, really. We do not enter in one great, final leap forward. If you believe that any single event or miracle has decisively brought you to that place, you’re deluding yourself. The Promised Land is not won in a day. It takes years of wandering the wilderness and practicing discernment, as Moses and the Hebrews can attest to. Sometimes, we don’t even know we’ve arrived until long after, when we look back and realize that we’ve been living in a state of peace for some time, uninterrupted by old ego-based fears or desires.

Entering the Promised Land is more akin to going through puberty or menopause. It’s a progression—a series of changes and revisions to our self-concept that at last leaves us with no self-concept aside from Spirit. We keep walking, keep growing, until at some point, it fully dawns on us . . . we’re there. We proclaim this not with a shout, but a quiet, measured acknowledgment—and not to anyone but ourselves—for who else needs to know? What good will it do them? It’s the conclusion of our journey, not theirs. We know, and Spirit knows. That’s enough.