Newsflash: I’m not enlightened. (“LOLZ! Tell me about it!” Came the roar from everyone who knows me personally!) And I won’t make assumptions about you my dear reader but I think it’s safe to say that despite all the fantabulous, totes spiritually hooked up folks I’ve met along this wild ride of a life, I’ve yet to meet anyone who is. The pic of me on Instagram with the Dalai Lama is in Madame Tussauds. That’s as close as I’ve got so far.
Any one of us on a conscious spiritual journey – and I say 'conscious' because we’re all on a spiritual journey, just some of us have figured it out and are helping the cause with meditation and shiz, and others are still in the figuring out stage – will know that, whatever your enlightening drink of choice, the point of all the soul searching, faith growing and miracle making is the attainment of inner peace, before the death of the human body. We all get there in the end, but some of us would like to get there, or at least experience glimmers of it, before the end. Hence the crystals, journalling, moon gazing and general “woo” on our Timelines.
So that said, it’s clear that the only difference between any of us and our spiritual journeys is a relatively small (in relation to the infiniteness of the Universe) amount of time. Even those who never 'get it', all actually get it in the end when the body, the suit of clothes, drops, and all that is left is the Spirit, free of the body and the Ego’s chains.
Yet in the so-called spiritual world – perhaps more so here than anywhere else, with a serving of bittersweet irony – an attitude of 'holier than thou' can creep in. It’s sneaky and insidious and totally Ego fuelled.
In a difficult, if recovering, financial climate and with a rising tide of hot rockin’ spiritual babes and dudes coming out of the closet, in a world full of apparent overnight successes, book deals, radio shows, glam trips to NYC, Thailand, and spiritual sabbaticals to Ashrams in India it can be easy to turn that which is meant to be your path to inner peace: your personal spiritual practice, into a bargaining chip for your perceived worth.
It might seem obvious (duh!) but I think it’s important to say. I’m calling out any 'holier than thou' nonsense because not only is it not cool, it’s not true. It’s not true because anyone who could legit wear the title His / Her Holiness would definitely NOT go around saying it!
My personal spiritual path, A Course in Miracles, refers to the Ego as a scavenger dog, always looking for scraps of evidence that would prove we are separate. Separate from Spirit, from Source, from everything we hold dear, everything that is true and from the rest of the world. It would have us feeling like we're waves separate from the ocean… How terrifying would that be?! Teeny tiny little waves constantly battling and competing with the might of the rest of the whole ocean! #totesscary!
And that, my sweet, is the origin of holier than thou' – or as we say over at #HigherSelfie – 'out spiriting' each other. It’s the fear of separation that drives the need to quantify and qualify that which is already innately within every one us, equally. That is to say spirituality, connection to the Big U, intuition and the ability to work and receive miracles.
There’s an incredible upswell of consciously switched on bright young things making the move into professional spirituality right now and it can be easy to allow our Egos to take hold and let 'little wave syndrome' ebb in (see what I did there?!), thus encouraging us to mark ourselves against one another with our Earthly plane spiritual credentials…
”She’s been qualified way longer than me!”
“He hasn’t even finished the ACIM text yet?!”
“Ugh! She’s already a Reiki Master and I’m only level 2.”
“I’ve done Ayahuasca… Have you?”
“But can he talk to the animals?”
And don’t get me wrong, all the conscious growth, all the striving for greater depth and connection, all the learning and the practice is only taking us in one amazing, awakened, loving direction. But thinking that in any way our work makes us better, more spiritual or more enlightened than anyone else, at least temporarily, undoes all of it.
So once again I’m on my soapbox and I’m writing this piece as a call to arms. A call to loving, generous, open hearted arms, that sees the true capability in everyone - including ourselves. It’s important to know that an attack on ourselves and our own perceived 'worth' or 'success' is as much an attack on a child of the Universe, as it is if we do it to someone else.
If you are one of the 'conscious' ones, remember that ACIM says to teach is to demonstrate. And who is a teacher of God? (Substitute Spirit / Source / Universe here if you need to.) Anyone who wishes to be one. If it’s within you to spread love, faith, forgiveness and warm heartedness, drop the comparison, the measuring, the peacocking and just do it. Just be it.
There’s no point preaching. We are all the choir.
* Oh… And in case you needed any more convincing / reminding, just bookmark this video and skip to 1:58... Even the Dalai Lama farts. #keepinitreal