Spirituality is a function of nature, a state of connection with the Self. But since this function is neglected, it needs to be found and developed. Spiritual development is nothing more than personal growth whose purpose is a reconnection with our Essence. We are taking a new look at who we are, at what life is, and we are directing it on the perception of our Essence. We put our personality back to its proper place and function in the service of the Essence.
For this, we pay attention to our feelings, our emotions and our thoughts. We favor the positive ones (more precisely those who elevate us) and transform the negative ones (more accurately those who weigh us down, because nothing is negative), in other words, we learn to become masters of them. We identify our two voices, that of the ego and that of the Essence. The ego, as long as it is not appeased, tries to monopolize the power and to cut us off from our Self, to divide us. It is this notion that has been falsely represented by the devil. The voice of the unification of our being. These two voices are like two children in us, one untimely and whimsical, the otherwise, discreet and patient, who want us to hear them and to take care of them. In spiritual development, we choose to pay attention to the Essence while reassuring and integrating the personality. It is a reeducation that requires to implement certain qualities and adopt certain attitudes. Here are some indications.
Sincerity and simplicity
To pay attention to our feelings and feelings is to draw an objective description of ourselves. When an entrepreneur wants to build a house on the uneven ground, occupied with trees and rocks, he first makes the inventory to know what data he has to rely on, what he has to eliminate and what he will reinforce. Similarly, if we want to build ourselves, it is necessary to have a light and precise perception of our internal state of affairs. It requires an honest and uncompromising look.
But unlike the entrepreneur, we must do this inventory regularly, because it changes constantly, and the plans of our buildings evolve in a living way as we progress. Being honest with yourself is also about being sincere, humble and straightforward.
Looking at oneself should not only remain in our abstract thinking. It must also manifest concretely in the way we express ourselves, act, behave. Transparency then the qualities of authenticity and integrity.
Determination and patience
The practice of authenticity comes up against the fears mentioned above (of loss, of the unknown, etc.) that manifest themselves in the form of resistance, judgments, apprehensions, worries and need to be overcome. A fear that arises as we move along this path is to feel different from others and isolated. We leave the standard mold, that of conventions and moral rules that seem self-evident and that it is incongruous to question. Precisely, we are in the questioning and revision of our beliefs. While the common mold was our security, we are now taking responsibility for our lives and making the new path. It seems to us – at first – that we move alone, without the support and protection and it is very uncomfortable.
It requires determination, perseverance, and courage. It can also be said that it expects will, but this term is generally misunderstood. The intention is not that of the person who wants to achieve or succeed at all costs what she imagined according to her beliefs and emotions. It is to be clear in our choices of life and to stick to it. It’s a clear decision to let go and rely on our Essence.
It also requires patience and trust, because the changes occur according to the intelligence of the body and the soul, to the rhythm of what we have to heal and integrate, and not according to the impatient desires of the personality.