Focus on Spiritual Journey
Focussing on your spiritual journey takes some discipline. It’s main competitor is the world.
We all know how attractive the world is with friends, tv, the internet, earning a living, family, duties and responsibilities, films and music and so on. For many people the call of the soul never gets a chance to arise or develop. Either the call is not strong in some people or it is drowned out by the external distractions.
But if the call is within you, it will not go away until it is satisfied. Often times people do not know what to do about it. Living in a secular society this kind of information is not readily available.
Nowadays there are many groups, organisations and religions offering something that they claim leads to happiness or spiritual development. These usually take the form of offering some kind of energy or body healing, ability to predict and control the future, promises of heaven after leading a “good” life, ways to rearrange the mind so as to stop the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts, emotional release from uncomfortable emotions. Many of these systems do offer relief from our suffering but the results are always temporary because they do not address the root problem.
But none of there are what I mean by the spiritual journey.
What I mean by it is the undoing of the identification we have with a false aspect of ourselves, usually referred to as the ego.
One way to state this is to say that the dissolution of the ego is the path to end suffering. This is not a quick fix which is probably the reason that most people dismiss it as a solution to their problems.
It is a journey that takes time and focus and energy and discipline and it does pay as it goes along. You do not have to wait until the end to get the benefits of this work.
It amounts to looking deep into what drives our behaviours, emotions, motivations, expectations and so on. Psychological work usually deals with the upper layers of these and helps us rearrange them so that we function better in the world.
The spritual path as I see it is about uprooting the underlying beliefs to all motives, actions and so on to see what is really driving our experience. It is about uncovering the values you picked up from those around you while growing up with a view to re-examining them in light of how they are serving you and contributing to your happiness and sense of authenticity about yourself.
Since all our beliefs have come to us from the world, they assume we are creatures of the world but this is a very big assumption and one that is rarely challenged. Their value is in relation to the creaturely aspect of us, the organism in the world.
Spiritual, coming from Spirit is not of this world. It is another dimension and we have a foot in it, so to speak. Once we lose contact with this aspect of ourselves our unhappiness begins.
What causes us to lose contact is the ego, the sum total of the assimilated beliefs, which blocks out our true sense of ourselves.
This is why it is necessary to undo the ego, right down to the roots.
So, the spiritual path is a path of undoing. It amounts to learning to observe ourselves in action, and from that evidence we can trace back to the underlying belief or value system. We learn to see what drives us. On seeing this we can re-evaluate the belief or assumption and make the necessary changes in our behaviour. It’s not enough to simply see a belief in action. In order to change its effect we have to make the changes in our daily lives.
In doing this a process is set in place, the process of returning to our natural state.
This is the spiritual path.