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How To Achieve Your Spiritual Quest

How To Achieve Your Spiritual Quest

If I was creating my own reality, it was a crappy one. Things looked good from the outside, but inside it was depressing as a bologna sandwich. Even though I couldn’t afford the luxury of negative thoughts, they kept multiplying. It was like playing Whack-a-Mole.

There are many very good reasons for temporary spiritual depression. One is that the spiritual quest puts us on a collision course with a vast and mysterious unconscious that lies far outside the ego’s control. It can be just plain scary and overwhelming. Ancient spiritual traditions barred entry to those who were not carefully prepared and guided, but today we lack these support systems and are left to wander through a house of mirrors on our own.

Even though the spiritual quest can put us in touch with ecstasy, this temporary transcendence can be painfully at odds with everyday life, causing feelings of abandonment and grief. Though challenging, this is a normal and very real stage of spiritual growth that is designed to prod us into searching even deeper within for what is missing.

Encountering the unknown also means risking the demise of our old self without any guarantees as to the nature of the new. Because the truly novel lies beyond our present understanding and experience, moving toward mystery inevitably leads through the chaos of not knowing – a very uncomfortable place to hang out.

There is an aspect of our being that is in direct contact with the unconscious – the soul. Lacking words, the soul often uses emotion, even depression, to alert us that something of infinite importance is brewing.

There are many more reasons for spiritual depression, but they don’t need to be the last word. There is a way out of the thistles and thorns….

It is through the heart….Continue on

Paul is the author of A Spiritual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe and CEO of Lucid Greening, a crowdfunding site for spirituality projects.

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12:20AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

For me, the spiritual quest is the most difficult quest there is. It forces me into introspection, to examine those parts of my personality that I feel shameful about and try to hide, my "shadow self". But is it really hidden, if everyone is trying to tell me about these issues, but my ego is too wrapped up in itself to listen and acknowledge the truth? And how can I learn to transmute those aspects, until I become aware of their existence? And (the scariest part) once I become aware of them, I see them in myself so often, feel shame for being that way so often, and feel stupid for not recognizing them sooner.

But, I do not dwell on these, as I know these hardships are bumps in the road on the spiritual path, and that I am building forgiveness of others, forgiveness of myself, compassion to others, and compassion towards myself, among many other positive aspects that the ego has been blocking.

5:11AM PST on Dec 14, 2013


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10:08AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Thank you

8:21AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

knowledge 4 me is more important and a far better quest that can better mankind on the whole.

4:37AM PST on Dec 12, 2013


8:45AM PST on Dec 11, 2013


3:38AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Difficult stuff :) I try on a daily basis, and it needs guts :)
Actually it depends how much you wanna see :)

1:08AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Switch on your rational mind and use the piercing human intellect with which you are blessed to cut through the fog of woolly thinking and see issues as they really are.

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