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Thoughts on Spiritual Growth and Enlightenment

“Make no mistake about it- enlightenment is a destructive process.  It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.  Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth.  It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”


-         Adyashanti


If we have consciously chosen to walk the path of Spirit, then the time will come when our fairy tales must die.  Sacrificed on the altar of Truth- the altar of Kali- they will become a burnt offering to the fires of transition and transformation.  Bringing us out of the candy-coated darkness of childish belief systems and superstitions, and into the realm of uncomfortable wakefulness and terrifying freedom.  The Goddess of Death and Destruction guides us.  She brings us to the edge of our boundaries, only to then push us further- smashing the limits of our finite mind.


Most people are not comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Most would prefer to live the lives they have grown familiar with and attached to.  Most people would prefer to leave their belief systems intact.  The drives and goals of everyday “practical” life is where most people would prefer to remain.  Many view spirituality as just another belief system; i.e. a mental/emotional construct.  Others view spiritual development in a very compartmentalized way; that is to say, spiritual growth and development is only a small part of the many facets of life (career, family, friends, financial obligations, recreation, etc.).  Some see no point in it at all.


But the Truth with a “capital T” is that spiritual growth and development IS THE POINT.   There is NOTHING ELSE.  The Spiritual growth and development of ourselves as individuals, of humanity collectively and of the Earth as a whole- that’s really all there is to this life.  Work, family, friends, and all the events that make up life in a physical body (good AND bad) are really just opportunities that serve as catalysts and enablers for spiritual growth and development.  They are not ends in and of themselves.  They are a means to the end that is spiritual growth and development.  We aren’t doing or experiencing these things just for the sake of doing or experiencing these things.  We are doing it for the sake of the growth and development of the spirit, and whether or not we realize or accept this frankly does not matter.  


Spiritual growth and development will ALWAYS be the point and will ALWAYS occur no matter how “unspiritual” or toxic our chosen lifestyle is.  We will inevitably ascend through the levels of consciousness back to Source.  This may take lifetimes depending on our stage of chosen development but it will happen.  Regardless of circumstances that we find or put ourselves in, the ascension of the spirit through way of its growth and development CANNOT BE STOPPED.  It can definitely be slowed down, but it can’t be stopped.


When we look at life through this perspective, things suddenly have greater meaning and purpose that wasn’t there before.  I’m not just working so I can afford food, rent or a wedding, or so my future children can have a decent life or so I can be comfortable before I die.  I’m not even just trying to live as full and happy of a life as possible so that I don’t have regrets when this body dies.  It’s bigger than that and it doesn’t end when this physical body dies. 


I, like all of you, am a player in the Great Game of Spirit (a.k.a. the Great Work).  And if you don’t currently understand all the rules, strategies and nuances of this Game don’t worry, you will ;) These “rules” are written in the patterns of Heaven and Earth, they are recorded in our DNA and etched into our very Soul.  When we align Mind, Heart and Will we can use it and when we look within, we can KNOW it.

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