Sunflower at the Golden Hill Community Garden. Photo by Eric Platt
Sunflower at the Golden Hill Community Garden. Photo by Eric Platt

Beware of the Spiritual Path: It’s Not About *You*

The “spiritual path”, though it is about happiness—causeless, innate, not from objects (situations, people or things)—is not about feeling good all the time, while you are on it… because it’s about seeing oneself from a true and honest perspective, which can be shocking or not comfortable at moments… and it’s not even about changing something or fixing something.

It is about surrendering who you are, or rather think you are.

By nature we do not know what we are getting into: the Unknown. You get deep into it and you realize you’re on a ticket with no return trip except to go back to your old self – in other words stay stuck on the old flight or jump out the door! Then why do it? For the ego, there is no-thing to be gained. There’s nothing in it for the little, limited “me”—the image I have of who I am—unless I want to gain a spiritual ego. Pride. Pretension. Pretending. That’s a dead end to: a cul-de-sac, leading to the same: ups and downs, happy/not happy, problems, solutions, setbacks, progress, delusion, enlightening moments, pain, pleasure… duality in other words.

If we see someone that triggers a reaction, or some situation irritates us, makes us angry, remember: they are you, and it is you. They are projected from your mind, reflecting what you don’t want to see. The plank in your eye, as a wide man said… And that situation is you: you give everything all the meaning it has. That is an absolutely comprehensive statement. Sorry for the bad news! But it’s good news in reality.

What you experience is exactly what you need at that moment to see what needs to be seen, or to not see it, and have the same reactions again, meet a similar situation again down the road. In the East they call it the wheel of karma. It is the law of cause and effect at the level of the seeming persona, the human, the bodymind.

But remember, there is no separate thing in existence anywhere.

All is well and unfolding as it should.

We are always at the beginning. A fresh new start, every moment.

The good news is that, at some point, someone can swap out the old “Life’s a Bitch, Then You Die” bumper sticker with, “Life Is Fun And You Never Die”!

Laugh a lot…


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