What does it mean to be spiritual? We might associate certain things with “being spiritual” eating healthier, practising yoga, collecting crystals, meditating, reading spiritual books, these things are in fact wonderful. Yet, they are not what makes one spiritual. We have to be mindful of spiritual materialism, it is an ego trick to get us into thinking we are on the spiritual path when really all we have done is traded it with something else.
To be spiritual, we must know ourselves, the way to do this is to look within, honestly, unafraid and consistently. We have to stay present with the ugly parts; we have to witness our fear, our darkness, our agony. The sheer depth of despair that exists in us all but so many times we run as far away as we can from it.
Going into the darkness allows us to bring in the light. We must have such strong faith in the light that we remember it when we are overshadowed by any despair or darkness. It is then, by choosing the light, that we cause change within. Then, the next time it’s a little easier and the next and the next. We retrain our mind to stop going to the dark, to stay in the light. We are changing, growing, healing.
Genuine spirituality is a mixture of healing and insight, love and courage, tears and laughter. Transcendence cannot occur until we have been burned by the fires of hell and realized we are stronger for it. We embrace it all and walk towards heaven’s light unafraid and without bravado, without expectation of applause.