Spiritual meaning of a car accident:
There is a good chance you or somebody you know has been in a vehicle accident.
Know that you are certainly not alone. Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury, disability, and death.
They can also be financially devastating.
Vehicle accidents are often so traumatic that they get us asking some big questions:
What does this mean?
Why did this happen to me?
Spiritual practitioners can get as caught up in these questions as anybody. Especially because there are often others involved.
Maybe you didn’t just crash into a tree.
Maybe you crashed into another car, full of passengers.
“Oh my God, what have I done?”
Even if nobody is badly injured, this is your car we’re talking about.
You may have put a lot of money into it.
Maybe it is, in some sense, part of your identity.
Like the very clothes you wear.
It’s a way to proclaim your personality. And now it’s wrecked. Smashed. Destined for the scrap heap.
No wonder you’re asking, “what is the spiritual meaning of a car crash”?
But may I very politely suggest that this is… *ahem*… probably not how you want to approach this.
Let’s start by taking a deep breath.
This is meditation 101.
You can do it anywhere.
Let’s come back to the present.
Feel your chest gently rise.
Feel your shoulders relax and drop.
Unclench your jaw.
Here you are.
If you’re reading this, you’re still here, still on your spiritual path.
Let’s take that as a good sign.
Back to your question, which is really another way of asking, “why did this happen to me?”
Oh, to presume that we can know!
We would all love to know why things are the way they are. And we would love to know whether these things are for better or worse.
But we simply cannot. It isn’t for us to know.
The Story of the Chinese Farmer, as told here by Alan Watts, perhaps best illustrates this:
Once upon a time, there was a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away. That evening, all his neighbors
came around to discuss it. They said, “We are so sorry to hear your horse has run away. This is so unfortunate.”
The farmer said, “Maybe.”
The next day the horse came back bringing seven wild horses with it, and in the evening, everybody came back and said, “Oh, isn’t that lucky. What a great turn of events. You now have eight horses!”
The farmer again said, “Maybe.”
The following day his son tried to tame one of the horses, and while riding it, he was thrown off the horse and broke his leg. The neighbors then said, “Oh dear, that’s too bad,” and the farmer responded, “Maybe.”
The next day the conscription officers came around to find people for the army, and they rejected his son because he had a broken leg. Again, all the neighbors came around and said, “Isn’t that great!”
Again, he said, “Maybe.”
— Alan Watts
So, do not panic.
You cannot know why this happened.
Be present, and open to all the possibilities.
An injury from a car accident may reveal an underlying health condition that can now be treated.
Maybe car insurance pays for a welcome upgrade.
Maybe it’s not about you at all.
That’s a lot of maybes.
The situation is undoubtedly difficult, and it’s normal to want answers.
But what you must know is that you are exactly where you need to be on your soul’s journey.
How can it be otherwise?
Let’s talk about acceptance
If you’re looking for the “spiritual meaning” of a car accident, let’s begin by examining your own ability to accept what has happened.
To accept what is.
Do you want the situation to be, or to have been something other than what it is?
Because it won’t be.
Many spiritual traditions teach acceptance, sometimes called surrender, or submission.
The point, among others, is to remind you that you are not in control.
And that’s ok.
Let go of the illusion that you’re in charge.
And watch as the freedom that comes with letting go becomes a source of strength.
For many people, a car accident puts them in a situation that doesn’t meet their expectations.
But if you’re expecting, you aren’t here, now. You’re thinking about the future and re-living the past.
Again, this is normal. But once you’ve thought about the future and the past, put it away.
Trim your focus to what happens now.
Maybe it’s a phone call for advice.
Maybe it’s a call to the mechanic.
Maybe it’s filing a police report.
All you can do is put one foot in front of the other and do precisely what you have to do right now.
This is why meditation or prayer – in whatever form you may practice it – is so important.
It is literally practice for being present with what is. It helps you quiet a mind agitated by the past and present, by likes and dislikes.
It puts you into the here and now, as inglorious as it may seem.
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There’s a lot to be thankful for
Most spiritual traditions implore some form of radical thankfulness.
And it’s more than just trusting a divine plan – although that’s a good start. It’s seeing the gift that is all around you – that is you.
In this sense, you go beyond merely accepting what is, and go right to being grateful it is the way it is.
This is the essence of faith.
Like I said before, you’re here reading this.
That’s a start.
Then consider you’re given about 100,000 heart beats a day.
You don’t have to do anything to make them happen. What will you do with your next one?
And consider the fresh air.
At all times, you’re surrounded by 14.7 lbs per square inch of atmospheric pressure.
When you inhale, your diaphragm moves down, allowing your lungs to expand.
Atmospheric pressure fills them with air.
You’re just making space.
The universe is breathing you.
It’s all a gift, even when it doesn’t look like it.
Our reality, the universe, is all made of energy and light.
Feel free to be in awe.
What do I do next?
Having said all of this, it’s ok to grieve.
Mourn and you will be comforted.
But it’s also time to continue your journey.
Do what must be done.
Stay on the path.
At the core of your spiritual practice is the goal of true freedom.
This is to be alike in success and failure, victory and defeat.
It is to be unaffected by likes and dislikes, free from attachment.
It is to see the Self in all creatures – and everything.
And it is surely to understand that the root of suffering is desire.
A car accident may impel you to desire all sorts of things.
A return to better health, for yourself or others.
A new car. You just want things to be different.
Or you want them to be the way they once were. But all this wanting won’t change what is, and even worse, will increase suffering.
The spiritual meaning of a car accident is as discernible as the meaning of a cloud floating across the sky.
It comes and goes.
It is as bad as it seems?
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