Many spiritual seekers look to elevate their abilities.
To touch spirit on a higher level.
And open themselves up to a greater awareness.
Yet there is a danger in do this too quickly.
Monks who meditate for decades may only achieve moderate levels of this kind of spiritual development.
They practice and practice every day to center themselves and discipline themselves in preparation.
It takes being centered and grounded enough through years of practice to keep them from lifting us up too far.
When we attain a high level of connection and immersion in spirit, we can lose our ability to function in our day to day life.
We can become so ungrounded that we can no longer take care of ourselves, or our family.
Which can lead to many unpleasant side affects.
It might seem counter-intuitive to go slow.
After all, don't we want to go as high as we can as fast as we can?
The challenge is that going too fast with this kind of endeavor can truly destabilize us.
And to those around us we may seem as if we've had a psychotic split.
For we are actually looking at the whole situation as if looking in a mirror.
The purpose of spiritual evolution is not to ascend and leave this world behind.
By doing so we actually raise all those around us and the entire world ascends with us.
There is such a misconception going around in many spiritual communities and practices that we are to escape this world by going into the world of spirit.
When we turn that concept around, and make our purpose to bring that spiritual energy into this world, we have a completely different experience and approach.
Life is not about rising up our energies so much that we cannot function, it is about functioning so well that we can bring those energies into our day-to-day life.
The world is not something to escape.
It is something to cherish and love with all our heart.
How much better off would this world be if we all adopted that perspective?
It might not be the way you were taught.
Yet it makes so much more sense.
And it creates a more grounded approach to all of our spiritual practices.
Are you using your spiritual practice to escape this world or to improve it?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant
Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour