Playing in the spiritual amusement park

There are so many amazing spiritual paths, books, workshops, and people to learn from in the modern world.  It reminds me of an amusement park in some ways, in that you can become easily engrossed, enthralled and for sure, entertained.

There are psychics, past-life recalls, channels who connect with alien, angel, and higher self intelligences, speakers who knock you over with their touch, stares, and hugs….chanting ceremonies that take you beyond the physical and just about everything else you could dream up.

That being said, I’ve noticed that some offerings in the spiritual community are a little more ‘show’ than ‘truth’.  So, how does a seeker perceive the difference.

I’ve talked about this before, I refer to it as using ‘discernment’.  A seeker on the path must use this quality.  It means to ‘see clearly’.  Not every spiritual offering out there is for your highest and best good.

I had one student who had attended a 10 day meditation experience who ended up with chronic joint pain due to improper sitting techniques.

I’ve had other students find out that the program they were in was actually a cult interested in taking their money rather than taking them to the next level of higher evolution.

So how could these students have seen clearly?  My guidance is to thoroughly ask questions of the facilitator or practitioner you are working with.  What is their training?  What is their philosophy?  Where are they taking you on the path?  Are they promising some seemingly amazing result?  Or are they there to be your guide and assistant, allowing you to find your own truth.

Do you have health conditions that might get in the way of the practice?  What does your teacher have to say about this?

Too many seekers, I’ve witnessed, dive in head first in the passion of ‘finding the answer’.  I encourage going in feet first, in fact, one step at a time.  Try out the water first.  You can get out of the pool faster, easier and without much damage if you take this approach.  Head first, you might have a problem coming up for air.

Another way of seeing clearly is knowing when a practitioner is full of ego and when one is not.  The ego, not properly managed, are like the flashing lights on the ferris wheel.  The lights flash ‘here I am, look at me, look how pretty, amazing, there’s nothing but me’.  But that’s a lie.  The ferris wheel is still the ferris wheel without the lights.  Can the practitioner be OK with that?  Can you be OK without the glitz?

In fact, after you spend time on that practitioner’s ferris wheel, are you comfortable riding on your own?

If you can answer these questions, then I’ll be happy to give you a ticket for admission, not to the Reiki amusement park, but to your own process.  I support you for who you are and where you want to go.  That’s more magical than any neon sign.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Thomas Brophy
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 17:27:00

    Excellent post. This great axiom comes to mind. If you meet the Buddha on the road…kill him! Ah, the impermanent illusion of reality. Discernment is key indeed.

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