Last week I was part of a radio show and we discussed the book White Hot Truth by Diane LaPorte. I really enjoyed the book and could relate to all the crazy things she has done in the name of enlightenment. One question we discussed was “Do you think that all the money you have spent on the journey of enlightenment was a waist?” That’s a tough one. Let’s talk about it.
In my field, there is always a big quest for enlightenment. It sells. People pay big money, and believe anything if it will lead them to the top of the enlightenment scale. Is this really necessary? Is enlightenment, or finding your life’s purpose a necessary achievement to be truly spiritual? Or is it just another way to compare and compete as humans do?
Throughout my own journey of personal and spiritual growth, I have come to the conclusion that it’s always important to do what you feel compelled to do. If you feel the need to immerse yourself in classes and activities to lighten or evolve your soul, then so be it. If you feel compelled to follow a mainstream religious path, then so be it.
What many people find out after they have spent time and money on courses, guru’s and miracle healing, is that their life is still not what they imagined. It’s still not “perfect”, and they still have ups and down and challenges that they have to struggle through.
Often this quest for ultimate spirituality creates feelings of inadequacy, the need to measure how spiritual we are compared to others, judgement of others choices and lifestyles. There is a “spiritual” style of dress, tone of voice, word lingo, diet, social group and the list goes on. What happens if you can’t keep up? Are you less spiritual than the person who is doing it all? What about the person who has it all together in public, but behind closed doors is totally different?
Trying to keep up to the spiritual clique can be exhausting, expensive and discouraging. What happens if you break free and decide to just be yourself? What if you ate meat, didn’t do yoga, didn’t meditate every day, talked in a loud voice, drank, and really didn’t see the archangels on command?
The truth is most people really don’t do all of that. Those who make money off of enlightening people do their best to hold up that front, but share the problems that most humans have. I’m not discrediting making healthy life changes, holistic practices, and meditation. I have made many changes over the years in those areas to improve my life and happiness. What I am speaking on is the unrealistic, the status quo spiritual measuring stick that many tend to get caught up in that in the end are just excuses to be judgmental clothed in a spiritual cover up.
Bottom line is to do what you feel compelled to do. In the end I don’t think that I have wasted any money in my spiritual journey. Even the mistakes are an opportunity to learn and that’s what we are here for. Be discerning, do your research, and don’t blindly follow anything that floats your way.
Don’t consume yourself with becoming spiritually evolved to the point that you miss what is going on around you in the physical world. You miss the good stuff, and the bad stuff that leads us to the learning stuff. That is what you came here for. For an experience. Don’t distract yourself with the spiritual glamour and buzz so much that you miss out on life. Keep a balance. No one is perfect. Always remember that it is OK not to be ultra spiritual, as I haven’t met one person who really is, and you probably haven’t either.