Even though no one ever wants to do this – it’s embarrassing in front of others – it reduces our self-view – it gives us even one more chance to belittle ourselves – etc., etc., etc., it also has its good points. Falling flat on our face has good points, if we look at it from a perspective of being on a spiritual path.
There are real benefits, or rather real things to learn with falling flat on our face.
- The experience gives us a very clear view from the inside out just exactly how it is for others who go through the “Falling flat on our face” experience.
- This is probably the most important reason of all, because it helps us to experience what it is like to be a human being. Human beings fall on our faces all the time – even with the act of walking a spiritual path. While we talk the talk of “walking in someone else’s shoes”, the experience of FFOOF, or FFOYF (Falling Flat on Your Face) puts our feet in the shoes.
- The FFOOF experience helps us to see our fellow human beings “eye-to-eye”, instead of being “above them” (or below them). All humans have all the qualities available to all humans. (Remember that.) Seeing ourselves and others “eye-to-eye” not only puts us on the same footing, but can actually show us that we’re bonded together among our fellow humans with the fact that we all have human experiences. Human beings are alike, no matter where you go. This includes the having of the FFOOF experience.
- The FFOOF experience can help us restart at “Go”, instead of pulling the “Go to Jail” card (in Monopoly). When we’ve been throwing ourselves off balance with a skewed perspective of ourselves, (thinking we’re all “spiritual” and stuff) we can start over by once again, being human. There is a phrase somewhere in the Edgar Cayce Readings that states, “God loves a soul that’s willing to start over.”
- The FFOOF experience allows us the chance to laugh at ourselves, while we dust ourselves off, and try again. If we actually do have a sense of humor, we can get the best material for laughs by looking at ourselves when we puff ourselves up. Human nature is the best place to go to get a good laugh.
- To learn to give ourselves a break. Many of us beat ourselves up – a lot! And we do so thinking that it’s justified and that we should beat ourselves up. (Just be careful not to over do it. If we’re going to beat ourselves up, we need to do it just the right amount – not too much and not too little – just the right amount of beating ourselves up.) Once more, lesson #5 is “to give ourselves a break”. We have eternity to accomplish it all. Eternity.
- Okay, I’ll say it before someone else does. Humility. Put another way – eating humble pie.
I’m sure there are many more reasons why FFOOF is an opportunity to learn and grow… and laugh. These are just a few. For anyone who acknowledges that they are on a spiritual path, don’t try to avoid the FFOOF experience at all costs. It’s meant to teach, and we’re meant to learn. When we try to place ourselves above others, we throw ourselves off balance. Thank God we have the FFOOF experience to help us back to our place of equality as a human being among all human beings.
“Human Nature is the best place to go to get a good laugh.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1995, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)
“We have eternity to accomplish this.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1997, Jodie Senkyrik)
“All humans have all the qualities available to all humans.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)
PS. Having Eternity to do something or figure something out can be very helpful.
As a former teacher of young children I’ve observed that learning takes place quicker through experience. While FFOYF is not a pleasant experience it’s definitely a quick teacher if we’re willing to learn–ah–that’s the rub! :-) Thank you for your insights, Jody!
Ahhhh I catch myself FFOOF with my children in a spiritual sense. The ego slips in when I’m not mindful and then I have the same human experience of regret. It gives us a chance to forgive ourselves as well as others. Thank you for posting Jodie Glad to have you back. (Just wanted to let you know my daughters excema is 90% better thanks to your reading. If I was able to follow all of your advice I’m sure it would be 100%!). Take care Jodie!
Wonderful news. Thank you.