On Spirituality (Get Over Yourself)
If you think that spirituality is a matter of sitting in meditation for x amount of time per day; if you think that by using a mala and repeating a mantra—or any other practice you may have—is what makes a being spiritual or defines spirituality, you are sadly mistaken. These practices may make you an aspirant, but in and of themselves, they do not make you spiritual.
(Naturally, I am not speaking of those monks whose entire lives are dedicated to cultivating and embodying high frequency energy for the benefit of humanity.)
Those practices, while considered by egos to be superior to the practices of those who engage in religion, are actually of the same ilk—although they may or may not include the adoration of a particular deity or representation of same. In fact, very often, what has occurred is simply the shifting from worldly ego to spiritual ego, a sorry condition merely amplifying one’s delusion and not at all conducive to actually embodying the attributes of Spirit.
True spirituality is not a practice but a state of being in tune with the Truth of existence. To be spiritual is to be connected to Life through the Heart, to know—not intellectually, but existentially—one’s connectedness to All-That-Is, and to embody and express that in your daily life.
It occurs with an increase in the frequency of one’s energy field, and results in incorporating the attributes of Spirit, or Higher Consciousness, into the human expression.
Spirituality, or what may more accurately be termed: the integration of Higher Consciousness or one’s Higher Self, is in fact an extremely practical boots-on-the-ground application.
Yes—there’s an app for that. But it’s not found in any App Store and unfortunately, there is no online game that you can play and practice your skills. Those skills must be honed and then exercised from moment to moment in day-to-day life: observing every thought one thinks and all the self-talk in which one engages; capital A Awareness in every encounter and conversation; monitoring one’s basic attitude about living, and one’s behavior in relating to the world-at-large. The integration of Higher Consciousness is a very big endeavor—and the reason we’re here: to embody that individually and be a part of a collective contribution to the transformation of the world.
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The embodying of one’s True Self, or integrating Higher Consciousness, can begin with an epiphany: the recognition that there is something more than the 3D experience to which we’re accustomed—or an aspiration: the longing for something greater, or higher, that one eventually understands is actually another aspect of oneself. This longing then becomes an intention, and as one evolves, consciously choosing how one wishes to be, subsequently begins to be expressed in application—raising one’s frequency in the process and enabling more of that aspect to reside in the body as the ego-identity diminishes and dissolves.
But the process of embodiment requires constant practice, and is where boots-on-the-ground comes into play—because that practice is not done in isolation. While it’s relatively easy to create inner peace sitting in a cave, or in a special room arranged to facilitate serenity and concentration, the real work is done in the world, on the street, every day—where life is actually lived.
In the same way that physical muscles are toned by physical exercise, the muscles of Consciousness are toned by cultivating Self-Awareness, (not to be confused with self-awareness, an attribute of homo-sapiens), which is a much more demanding process than one may imagine is implied by the term. (Nevertheless, once the process is begun, if one is determined to succeed, the conclusion is inevitable.)
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Self-Awareness is invited by acute, persistent observation of one’s thoughts, speaking and actions, and gradually evolves into a state of being: acting, speaking, thinking and observing simultaneously, while the identity rests in the Consciousness.
This is not something that happens overnight. The ability to refrain from engaging in the thoughts that arise is a PhD level achievement. Eventually however, one has integrated sufficient Awareness to refrain from engaging in or responding to those constantly arising thoughts while going about one’s daily life, and functions in a Self-directed, rather than self-directed, manner.
And then, one understands what it means to “transform the fabric of reality for the well-being of all.”