Saturday, May 9, 2015

6 LESSONS LEARNED ON A SPIRITUAL PATH

by Steven Bancarz


When people make the choice to pursue a life path of personal development and spirituality, they encounter certain universal lessons that seem to arise as archetypes. If you are on a path of higher consciousness, there is a good chance you have experienced these realizations already. What’s great about lessons learned on a spiritual path is that these same lessons were learned by people 1000, 5000, and 10,000 years ago.

Here are 6 universal lessons learned on a spirit path:

1) Other people are a reflection of you

The outer world mirrors your inner world. And no, this is not just some cute cliche that I’m putting in this list because it gets thrown around a lot. Walk into a store in a frustrated mind-identified state of consciousness. Walk into that same store after meditating for 5 minutes. Now, walk into that same store after meditating for 30 minutes out in nature.

Notice the quality of the energy around you. Notice how people seem to behave differently and respond to you differently. It’s almost like walking into a new universe. Relationships are the biggest spiritual mirror of all. Pay attention to the little things that bother you about people in your life, and everything that makes you angry, frustrated, or impatient can teach you something about yourself.


2) You realize you have power and responsibility

You are a powerful creator of your own life and of the world around you. But with this power comes responsibility. Once you realize that you hold the power to shift your consciousness, to expand your mind, to center yourself, and to reach higher truths about yourself, it is your obligation to share that knowledge and wisdom with the world. What good is spiritual wisdom if it remains an unshared secret? Once you change yourself, it’s your job to encourage others to be the change as you try your best to be the change.


3) The more you know, the more you don’t know

The more you learn in life, the more you realize you don’t know. Every new lesson and experience shatters old assumptions you had about the way the world works. And every lesson you learn about yourself shatters old belief systems you had about who you thought you were. Part of being on the spiritual path is knowing that there is always room to grow, and that what you “know” now may very well change with a new experience.


4) Love gets you further than fighting

Love creates more good than fighting does. Fighting is necessary sometimes, but only insofar as it contributes to a greater degree of love. For example, fighting in relationships or with friends may catalyze an even stronger friendship, but only because it helps you understand and love each other more deeply. People on a spiritual path would rather love, forgive, and understand than fight, bicker, and judge each other. To love and accept others is to love and accept yourself.


5) Suffering is a catalyst for growth

This point really speaks for itself. If we could all choose our “ideal” life, we would instinctively choose one filled with happiness, friendships, our dream job, our dream lifestyle, etc. But how many would choose heartbreak, depression, anxiety, failure, and loneliness? What if, by experiencing these things, we develop more wisdom, more personal depth, more appreciation for the miracle of life, and more knowledge? As it turns out, a life that includes these ingredients often leads to a much happier and more rewarding life. Suffering means you are expanding into something new.


6) Other people’s opinions don’t matter

A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep. On a spiritual path, a lot of people are going to judge and mock you. You will be bullied for your different beliefs, values, and way of thinking. But who gives a sh*t what other people have to say about you? Are you happy? Are you on the path you know you need to be on at this point in your life? Stay true to who you are, and the universe will provide you with relationships that nurture your individuality.

There are many other lessons that could be on this list, but these are some of the most common universal lessons that are learned by everyone who takes a spiritually-minded path in life. Trust the Universe, and trust the path your own. It is here to help you evolve, but it can only do this if you are willing to let it help you evolve. As long as you are in integrity, are authentically you, and are living in truth and in honesty, only good will come to you.


Thanks for reading!

Steven Bancarz,

Team Spirit