#5 The Nature of Ones Spiritual Practice

“The spiritual path is very easy for one who gives first preference to it, who gives it supremacy over all other things. A differentiation of mild, middle and intense natures also exists.” – Patanjali Yoga Sutra’s 21, 22

Are you mild, in the middle, or of the intense nature’ on your Path?

Mild: One who is curious but not really committed to self-evolution. There is a tendency to have a lot of doubts and judgments. This type will go from teacher to teacher, seminar to seminar, searching but always maintaining some distance and never quite willing (or simply do not recognize the need) to put in the sincere effort it takes to begin (and engage in) the awakening process.

Middle: One who has found a teaching but still puts it in ‘second place’ to all of one’s priorities in life. This type recognizes the need for a personal program of self-discipline, but is not yet able to embrace this truth as a personal realization. It remains more of an obligation often motivated more from the perspective of ‘what I should be doing’.

Intense: One who fully recognizes the meaning and purpose of life: that we are here to awaken to our Divine nature. Therefore, one arranges one’s life around one’s spiritual path rather than trying to ‘fit time in’ for ones spiritual pursuits. At this level one is a ‘disciple’ – root of the word ‘discipline’.

A disciple is one who engages in a systematic program of action whose conscious intent is to achieve complete awakening and Self-Realization. The spiritual practices and disciplines eventually lead to the awareness that one’s entire life: everything one does: profession, relationships, and community IS the spiritual path.

There are people who have no interest whatsoever in spiritual matters, and this is fine too. Every soul will eventually wake up to the truth of their Being.

No matter where we find ourselves on the path, growth is facilitated and accelerated when we make a commitment to:

1. Practice superconscious meditation every day,

2. Study sources of inspirational higher knowledge,

3. Have fun! Enjoy life! But avoid being exposed to too much sensational, superficial and useless information,

4. Practice being conscious, practical, honest, generous, compassionate and appropriate in everything you do. See yourself, everyone and everything as having its’ source in Divine Being. (This is the most important spiritual practice we can engage in).
If you haven’t yet found a teacher or teaching you feel comfortable with, be patient, open your heart. With faith, know that the right and appropriate information, people and circumstances will unfold in a Divine order – the universe is ‘Intelligence Itself’ and provides all we need according to our ability to accept it – this is ‘being open to the flow of Grace’.  Doors open, often unexpectedly, when we are ready, this is a law of the universe. (More on this theme in later newsletters).

“So what is an intense level of practice?  This could be perceived as a practice that is led by being clearly, and continuously focused on the goals of ‘waking up’, where the student sees all aspects of their life as an opportunity for spiritual growth. The more that practice is incorporated into daily life, permeating all action, the sooner the veil of Maya (ignorance, illusion) diminishes. But here our Western conditioning may tend to push too hard, so caution needs to be exercised when our egos urge us to, “do more, work more, be more!”  This caution reminds us that any practice or lifestyle that pushes on, disregarding balance and harmony will generally lead to lopsided development, and an outlook that is too rigid. By keeping these thoughts in mind, we are less likely to become attached to our practice and much less likely to judge and define ourselves by our progress (or lack thereof), which means we’ll be less likely to be distracted from our true goal. The bottom line is, all practice should be balanced by non-attachment.”               – Rea Indigo – Teacher Training

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