One of the biggest misconceptions on the path is that you have to somehow add more not less to your life in order to spiritually evolve . For example, upon awakening, you might strive to incorporate meditation practice into your busy schedule, find the time to attend retreats and read sacred texts, make new spiritual friends or join a sangha and make time to engage in the spirit of service. In truth, all of these inspiring priorities should be seen as nothing more than valuable practices that help you simplify your life not acquire anything more. From where I am standing, the goal of all inner seeking is to become less by stripping away all the layers of egoic conditioning so you can be as free and simple as a child. Only then, can you truly be a perfect conduit for the will of the Divine to work through you.
When I first started down the path I was consumed by the goal of one day becoming enlightened. Then, I traveled down the path a little more and that desire began to gradually fade away. Now, as I find myself slightly further down the path I see that even the concept of enlightenment is a distraction and a potential trap from getting on with the truly all-important spiritual work of becoming a compassionate, humble and peaceful being.
If one is truly fortunate, a rare wise being will come into their lives. When you meet such a person you immediately feel that you are in the presence of someone who really knows something about life and how to live it. Such a being’s individual nuances, background and spiritual point of connection may vary; but always the characteristics of their souls are the same. They are as humble as the roots of trees, are filled with boundless compassion, live to serve their communities and embrace life’s most challenging moments as golden opportunities to grow in their faith. Such wise beings also live simply without any attachment to material things, show gratitude each and every day and have rascally sense of humors! But above all, people of wisdom live fully and authentically in the consciousness of that underlying reality called God or Tao. It is clear through spending even a minute in their presence, that such beings have discovered an eternal well of love within them. To share time in their presence is to drink the sweet nectar from the Divine itself and to bask in the light of its grace. If you have met just such a being absorb all of their teachings and model your life after them!
When the fools of reason dictate
The terms of debate
The inner voice of spirit cries
Knowing that the truth is not found
Outside in the world of illusions….
Tell me, who are these “experts”
That we give authority too and emulate?
For to me, it seems,
Like the blind leading the blind
Down a dark alley of lies
Where the greatest victim
Is our own happiness….
Unplug from this matrix
Then strap on your boots
And commune with Mother Nature
She is our great liberator.
The sincere seeker of truth has no interest in taking short cuts. For the illusionary promises of comfort, pleasure and security hold little value for such a person. Rather, souls on the path of spirit dive deeply into the river of life leaving no stone unturned and embracing the inevitable ebbs and flows of absolute being. This, they learn through direct experience, is how true wisdom is found. Abandon fear, live with courage and wait for the grace of God to reveal your purpose.