5 Reasons Why You’re Spiritually Wealthy and Financially Broke ~ Part 1
Congratulations, you've had a spiritual experience. After years of training you've finally touched the absolute nature of reality resulting in an ability to heal and guide others there too. In a wor
Congratulations, you've had a spiritual experience. After years of training you've finally touched the absolute nature of reality resulting in an ability to heal and guide others there too. In a word: whatever. Seriously, were you expecting a medal? A band of followers to hang on your every word? A book deal? I mean did you really think that all the flowers were going to bloom and the birds would break into song? Sorry to disappoint but that didn't even happen with the Buddha. Why? Because it was a metaphor, silly.
But seriously, nice work. While all your friends were building their careers you were sitting on your ass in the middle of the jungle next to some old man able to warp time and space solely with the power of his BO. Now all your friends have houses, 401K's, and passive income streams that support their vacations in the Mediterranean while all you've got is access to "cosmic consciousness" and a ton of student debt. What the hell is going on?
You're playing catch up.
You turned conventionality on its head and did life backwards my friend. Yes, while everyone started the career marathon on time you had the good sense to realize that you were fundamentally handicapped and stepped off the hamster wheel early. Then you walked the desert, climbed the mountain and went in search of the ghost orchid of internal transformation. And you found it. Amazing. Honor yourself for that and never stop. But also acknowledge the trade off that you accepted for the treasure at the end of the rainbow, and cut yourself some slack. Because now that you're on your feet, with that impeccable flower clenched between your teeth (or braided into your hair) the pack may be "miles ahead" but you're now able to run faster than before, with a deeper understanding of yourself and the terrain ahead. And most importantly, you're beyond the game. So act like it, and acknowledge that you're not crazy or stupid, just an early adopter.
Remembering the parable of the tortoise and the hare doesn't hurt either. (Spoiler alert: the hare gets a herniated disk from not integrating his ego and healing his mommy issues.)
While you're now more valuable than ever, you're also more annoying.
Can you even remember what it felt like back in the day when you'd never meditated before and someone came up to you with that big, radiant smile that reflected an authentic inner peace that just made you want to punch them in the throat? Well guess what, that's you now.
That's right, welcome to every one else's perception of the new you: incredibly valuable and terribly annoying. Wonderfully healing and super irritating. In short you've forgotten where you've come from. Yes, the greatest of all spiritual pitfalls – you think you're different. You actually think you're special. And you know what? People can smell it a mile off.
So no problem. We've all been there. And the answer is simple. Just remember what it was like to be in pain, and be willing to meet people there by literally acknowledging that relative part of yourself that will never be healed. That's right. NEVER. Forgot that that part existed? Perhaps you did. So just remember as you rejoin humanity to lead with your humility. Because if you have a gift to offer and it's not being received then you're in the way, period. Which leads to …
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