SPIRITUALITY REQUIRES MORE THAN SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE
All people have some knowledge about ‘God’, and goodness. Everyone was raised with the beliefs and examples of whomever raised them, and even if they were abused, and raised by satanists, or atheists, they still learned about the concepts of God and goodness. But as they grow up, many people gain further knowledge of these things. Some read books about it. Some join religions and learn their spiritual and moral teachings. But the problem is, there are a lot of people out there who have a great deal of spiritual knowledge, yet they just aren’t ‘spiritual’. They don’t think or behave as a ‘spiritually conscious’ being would.”
Let’s use an analogy in which ‘water’ represents Universal Consciousness, Unselfish Love, and true spirituality. Just like the old saying that you can lead a camel to water, but you can’t make him drink, you can lead a ‘spiritually dry’ person to the spiritual ‘water’, give it to them, point it out and say, ‘Water’, but you can’t make them drink. Many ‘spiritually knowledgeable’ people already have knowledge about this ‘Water’, and they know where it is inside them. So when you point it out to them, they will usually say ‘I know’ (as if they really have it within them). Sure, they ‘know’. That’s the problem. They only ‘know’. They can hear you tell them about the water, and show it to them – and they recognize the water. They may even be able to tell other people about the water. They may even ‘preach’ about it. All because they have the knowledge of it. But what have they done with the knowledge of water themselves? They’ve developed a ‘spiritual ego’. They impress themselves and others with their knowledge. But they are still spiritually dry. Just having the knowledge of the water is not sufficient. They must ‘drink’ it in somehow, become one with it, and simultaneously share it by giving it all away for others. Just sharing the knowledge of water to those in the middle of the Sahara who need a drink, does no one any good unless you actually have the water to share also.
The philosophy and teachings can perhaps tell you how a good, caring person should behave, or how to become a good caring person. But just ‘knowing how’, does not make you a good caring person. Locked within good spiritual knowledge is the potential for real spiritual change, but just ‘knowing’ is merely being a human library. Even the greatest information is meaningless, unless it has gone from knowledge to positive realization – to being acted upon inside you, and outside you, in a way that makes for a real and beneficial change in your life and the lives of others.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.
A MESSAGE FOR THE SPIRITUAL SEEKER OR SEEKER OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE
There are those of you reading this right now, who have collected spiritual and metaphysical knowledge for many years, and been involved with various spiritual “paths”, trends, or techniques. Some of you will read this and say, “Yes, I already know,” or, “It’s redundant,” or “I have heard these things before – I already know them.
I don’t mean to offend you or belittle your knowledge or wisdom. But if you have thought such things, ask yourself the following questions before you read anymore of this Are you already “enlightened”, or “Universally Conscious”? There are various definitions of that, so here’s what we mean by that – If you have achieved what we call enlightenment, you have taken the controlling reins of your life from your selfish separate self, and handed them over to your higher self, and the Universal Spirit. Have you done that? Has Unselfish Love replaced selfishness in your day to day life? And if not, have you “dropped everything” and rearranged the priorities in your life with the goal of achieving these changes as fast as possible? If the answer to the above is no, then the next question is, why? If you know the keys – why haven’t you used them? Like I said, I don’t mean to be insulting, or offend you, I just want to help certain readers who might benefit from what I’m about to say. So please keep that in mind now, when I say this: While there are certain exceptions, if you are already “enlightened”, it is very, very unlikely that you would even be reading about spiritual knowledge.. because you would have achieved all you need. The searching stops. Those who have attained enlightenment, Universal Consciousness, or whatever you want to call it, generally no longer read books about spiritual teachings or philosophy, because they are of no use to them – they don’t need them anymore. And when you don’t need the things you once read a book for anymore, you change to where your interest in them falls away. (You may still need books on plumbing, but that’s a far more serious and interesting subject). It’s not like being a doctor or something where you have to keep up on the latest advances. Sure, you could say there are degrees of enlightenment, and you might read something to achieve a greater degree than you have. But there is one “biggy” enlightenment, that is like a light switch, and it’s either on or off. So if you are reading this, and that “big” switch isn’t turned on yet, for your own good, please put aside whatever you already know, just for a while at least. Even more importantly, please put aside any ego that could “get in your own way”. This could prevent you from getting a seemingly insignificant “little piece of something” out of this book, that might help you become enlightened. Just read with an open mind, and see where this takes you. Even if you were enlightened, and found a book that “sounds interesting”, which is certainly possible, you wouldn’t have the time to muse over it. When you become enlightened, you are very, very busy, helping others to attain the same freedom, peace, and Unselfish Love you have found, or you go on and ascend to a higher vibrational plane.
If you stay, you “work” for the Universal Spirit, so to speak. You align your will, with Universal Will, and thus you become very busy doing your little part in the “Universal Flow”. Of course, like I said earlier, there was a time when I had a desperate desire and need for spiritual and philosophical information, and I did read everything I could get my hands on. Maybe that’s the stage you’re at in your life and evolution. I was desperately trying to find some answers – searching for some truth. I found bits and pieces of truth, but that wasn’t enough, so I kept reading in hopes of finding consistent truth from one source. And after all the books, rather than finding what I was looking for in a book, I found it in my personal true teacher instead. What irony, eh? But there was nothing like this book out there when I was voraciously reading to find something. Not to say that it should do the same for you, because you may have a very different path (people do have different legitimate paths). But in any case if you are still reading you are probably still looking for something. And if so, just admit it. A long time ago I discovered the hard way that it doesn’t pay to be egotistical, self-centered, or “cocky” about what you already know. Humility never killed anyone, but cockiness has. Humility will get you to peace of mind and “enlightenment” faster than anything else. A “spiritual ego” will prevent it. So go ahead and let yourself go, and look very closely, with an open mind and heart. Spirituality is simple. Love is simple. Truth is simple. Enlightenment is simple. It’s all basic stuff that we all really know deep inside somehow, yet most people don’t live by it, and they’ve blocked it out.
A book helps to remind you and inspire you. If you haven’t “gotten it” yet, I know I needed to hear certain things over and over, until I finally really did “hear it”, “get it”, and actually change. Some of you may already know everything you need to become truly great beings who are a blessing to all, yet you don’t do what you need to do to achieve that. Why? What’s your “good reason”? I’ve seen them all. Some continue to cling to the lives they’ve built. Hold on to the familiar shore. There are all kinds of excuses to avoid real change. Some people even use the search for spiritual knowledge, or “sharing” of knowledge, or even the search for a spiritual path, as a means to actually avoid change. It doesn’t matter what the excuse is. It doesn’t matter if it is clinging to a house, car, friend, lover, family, job, city, or whatever. It also doesn’t matter what you fear. We all die someday, and such specifics of your life become irrelevant. So it doesn’t matter if your reason for not “going for it” is the best reason in the world. The BOTTOM LINE is this – Whatever reason is holding you back from what you need to do to achieve “enlightenment” and Oneness with God – is not a good enough reason. The major arcanum of the ancient Tarot, represents the spiritual path from start to finish. The beginning, and end, of the path is represented by “The Fool”. The fool lets go of everything in life, to begin his spiritual journey. He has packed a knapsack, is looking up, and is stepping off into the jaws of danger, trusting all to God. The fool has “shucked” his reasons for not getting on with his path. This is the kind of attitude one must have. And the knowledge of how to do it is not good enough. Knowledge can only point the way, you are the one who must actually take the journey.’
Remember, “A little knowledge that acts, is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle”. – Kahlil Gibran