Different people – different guidance (No steps in Spiritual Awakening)
What is important to understand when it comes to the process of spiritual awakening and any kind of profound and deep spiritual transformation is that there are no rules.
Spiritual guidance that apply to one individual may not be the right guidance at all for someone else, that’s why it’s so important to not take anything anyone else says as truth, that’s the difference when it comes to the deeper spiritual quest, we are forced to look within at some point, and only within.
So what I say to one person, or even write about, has no truth in it apart from what rings true in your heart when you hear me say the words that point to the truth in your own being, or when you read my articles.
There has to be a resonance in your heart to what you receive (which includes feelings of being provoked at times, which is great – the minds ideas, however spiritual they may be, is good to get challenged, as all beliefs are bogus, all of them) and not merely words that you hear and take as being valid in any way when it comes to your own life experience.
The only authority is ones own heart.
There are no steps that fits all in spiritual awakening, no techniques whatsoever (no matter what some people say, that you can become awakened in a weekend retreat, that’s just pure nonsense), awakening is about shifts in consciousness and not about mental understanding or spiritual experiences (which can be created by the mind).
People have had some spiritual experiences and then their ego take ownership of the experience and they think they are enlightened and go out to the world to ‘save’ others.
Spiritual awakening is not the end or an arrival (it’s not about experiences, as experiences come and go), it’s the beginning of Life and we are all newborn when this process takes off for real.
It’s not an arrival to holiness or specialness.
Spiritual awakening is not an ideology, it’s not a philosophy or teaching, it has nothing to do with having been chosen by some God to become saviors of the world, however noble it may feel.
The most profound transformations come from difficulties and suffering, not from stroking the ego to make it feel better, so it’s not about becoming something better (self improvement) or avoiding difficulties in life, and sometimes people even say things like; “Oh I haven’t suffered as much as you so I guess I have to suffer for a few more years”.
Yes, I have actually heard people say this to me.
That’s the ego postponing transformation. Suffering is not obligatory at all!
But most people do go through difficult times at some point in their lives and when we do we have to be able to see them as opportunities, not as curses or punishments, and the more conscious we become with the evolutionary process the easier it gets to see the goodness in the ugliness of life as well as the happy moments.
Nothing is avoided or made wrong – it’s all included in this event called Life.
Forget about any kind of rules in this; no one can lay down a path for another to follow, and awakening is not about progress (like in achievement), nor is it a belief system.
I don’t write about beliefs here.
Truth is beyond beliefs and spiritual ideas.
I don’t write about Truth either.
No one can do that.
It’s beyond words to describe – it can only be pointed to.
But you have to walk in that direction (metaphorically), into the unknown (it cannot be understood by the mind) it’s an inner journey that no one can direct but Grace itself.
We don’t do any of this, it’s purely a divine act and a truthful response on our part to go with it when it calls us, which it does in every single moment.
And it’s not about ‘doing’, it’s not about ‘take these steps and gain enlightenment’.
It’s about beingness.
That is not something that we can learn by going to seminars or taking classes.
It’s actually about simply being who we are, and to be that fully.
Nothing to learn, nothing to gain or achieve (no high fives in this), nothing to become, simply being who we are.
Trust yourself, trust the life that you are (God expressed), trust your intuitive feeling, your gut, and don’t give much significance at all to the voice in your head that tells you that you are not enough or that you need to become someone better.
You, my friend, are already enough. Trust that. Trust your intuitive knowing – the wisdom of your heart.
That is in essence the only guidance we ever need.
Take a good look at yourself and see that you are already whole. What else is there that has to be added unto you so that you will be ‘worthy’ or ‘ready’ or whatever? And if you think there are; ask yourself “who is it that believes that?” and let me know what you find.
Other articles that you might find interesting:
The rigid and closed mind is what keeps the portal to enlightenment closed, but the rigid and closed mind is also what pushes us further into suffering and suffering can be a new door to “our” awakening (Life waking up to itself): mariaerving.com/break-free-from-programming
The ego is never the actual “problem”, the problem is the attachment to the mental concept of who we think we are. (When we’re not in touch with our spiritual side): mariaerving.com/awareness-and-living-from-the-heart
Question from one of my readers: “Do you have any thoughts on how the body acts from truth? Or how it can provide clues as to what our truth is?”. Here’s my reply: mariaerving.com/barometer-for-truth
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