The main pitfall on the path of spirituality is to think small progress is advanced progress. Spiritual progress is transforming consciousness and becoming a different type of human being by level of energetic vibration. Master teacher guidance is not to make excuses or try to defend shortcomings. Spiritual law applies in all cases. Beneficial change is only brought about by attunement with Absolute Truth.
“Denial is the first practical step toward wiping out of our minds the mistaken beliefs of a lifetime —the beliefs that have made such sad havoc of our lives. By denial we mean declaring not to be true a thing that seems true. Negative appearances are directly opposed to the teachings of Truth.” (- H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth )
Judgment brings conflict. The philosophical teachings all share the same principle about swollen concern of self. This is seen as one of the worst threats in life. It drives the wedge between the soul and spiritual wholeness. Lack of acceptance of others is the source of all suffering. It prevents the knowledge of, “You and I are not ‘we;’ you and I are one.”
The distortion includes likes and dislikes, hopes and fears, opinions and judgments. Where there are differences, the agitation becomes unpleasant reality. It is an artificial image not a vibrant, appealing and joyfully unique expression of true Self. Manifestation can be cruelly hurtful in the day-to-day: Self-centered ways of acting, speaking, and even thinking (but not really) putting others first. Facial expressions mirror the intended degradation and humiliation, and do often betray this lack of respect of another.
Anger, for example, is nothing more than violated ego, and one becomes aware of its power at an early age. True stories do bring witness to the resentful, competitive or judgmental ways of interaction. It shows the impatience and evidence of one’s level of immaturity, as demonstrated by action, along with total lack of compassion for the human condition:
“Wandering through daily life, it had become increasingly difficult to observe and not engage. It seemed that all around, there was a total lack of respect one for another ... to sadly watch an elderly woman being pushed aside at the check-out counter, by the customer behind her, because she was perceived as taking too long to collect money, wallet and handbag after paying for groceries. Attempting to navigate roadways, where the legal speed-limit is only for someone else. Personal space being invaded during the simple attempt at walking down a store aisle because space has some unspoken hierarchy. Environments so competitive common courtesies are forgotten or used as emotional weapons of advantage in the game of me first, only me and no one else.”
These examples of lack of kindness have a cost to both giver and receiver: There are shadows of dark energy. Physical illness as in “I want to be sick feeling.” Emotional wreckage and loss of peace. Others around are witness to the worst behavior: Someone out-of-control and hurtful. It creates disruption across every level of the human body. It was not always this way …
See beyond appearances. Several generations back, the people were remarkable with traditions where patriarchs or matriarchs carried great responsibility. The wisdom of years formed a self-reliant nature, afraid of nothing, a pillar when crisis arose. In worship and spiritual beliefs, an example was set for everyone in compassion and understanding, and the way things were done/ corrected made all the difference.
“Let the ugliness of unkindness in others impel me to make myself beautiful with loving kindness.” (- Spiritual Diary)
What was the secret? It was putting others first that delivered love as the feeling of being taken care of, nurtured and sustained. Their faces would show this compassion, in the absence of ego. They taught about joy as continuous presence in a spiritual life, and this life was fair and open, so no matter the starting point, all could be learned, as long as there was a willingness to do the work.
Oneness of love. There is great power in knowing through experience, this type of love. That is why the knowingness is sourced from deep within, and it must be presented in stages of lessons felt by each energy center of the body: Forgiveness, compassion, kindness and caring, etc. Divine lesson plans follow, by sacred design, the human chakra system alive with pulsating energy and providing spiritual life lessons:
- External-facing: Chakra 1 – Family. Chakra 2 – Friends. Chakra 3 – External things (personal, physical, material).
- Internal-facing: Chakra 4 – Love oneself (enough to forgive others). Chakra 5 – Faith (will of God). Chakra 6 – Beliefs & Attitudes (wisdom through detachment). Chakra 7 – Spirituality (energy of Grace).
It is important to learn how to interpret this language of energy, as experiences carry emotional energy within the system – past and present. To ignore or abuse this energy manifests as illness. To notice and look after this energy manifests as health in body, mind and spirit.
Gift of peace. It has been said, “Compassion begins at the source of life.” The power of life itself is to be born anew. This is what Jesus taught, “If you want to find your life, you have to lose it.” In other words, make the lifetime a zero, where the mind is completely at a stand-still witness to Divine power and joy. This is the cure for ego outflows of unkindness: Love of God. Not a love through intellectual training.
Listen to St. Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians: “Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, not conceited, not rude, never selfish, and not quick to take offense. Love keeps no score of wrongs, does not gloat over others’ sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance. Love will never come to an end.”
Kindness is not an accident of human feeling. The unconditional love and kindness that is worthy; it is powerful enough to dissolve ego. Jesus spoke, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” honoring the inter-connected presence one to the other and all things. These are the feelings, delicate and intricate, that should grow and evolve. The Tibetan Buddhist lama Rinpoche inspires by seeing these qualities as simply a part of life ... or rather "to see other people as a part of your own life."
“Everything is extraordinarily inter-related. As one realizes this, each relationship becomes based on feelings of love – not calculated love, but a mutual friendship to all things, a natural openness based on a natural understanding of inter-relationship. Gradually, the whole idea of self-motivation disappears, and one sees that when you have no self-motivation or self-interest, then all your problems get solved. There no longer exists any individual problem.”
All are equalized as a part of Infinite life and deserve equal place in it. God waits … how does one choose to respond, in accordance with His plan?