The School of Hard Knocks
Anywhere we are, anywhere our journey through life takes us, is ‘our path’.
In that sense, everyone is on their path. But not everyone is on what we might call
a ‘spiritual path’. A spiritual path is when the direction of our path is one that can
finally lead us in the direction of Spirit, rather than materiality, lead us to Unselfish
Love, rather than selfishness, lead us to Universal Consciousness, rather than separate
“So only when people are on their spiritual path, are they learning?”
They are always being given the opportunity to learn, regardless of the type
of path. Karma is constantly being created, and life keeps trying to teach us something
by providing us with our own self-created lessons – that explode in our faces.
Getting taught in that way, has been called ‘the school of hard knocks’. But while
everyone suffers the slings and arrows of life experiences, most people ignore these
lessons which are being constantly presented to us. This is unfortunate when it is
ignored, because suffering can cause us to be introspective, and really take a hard
look, a deep look, at the ‘whys’ of our life experiences.
After we’ve had enough suffering to open our eyes, we realize we need to
change. Therein lies the value of the pain. As you’ve already learned, transcending
our separate self, and renouncing selfishness is painful too – it’s like ‘crucifying’
yourself. Most people won’t choose the spiritual path until they realize that the pain
caused as a result of living selfishly, outweighs the pain of the spiritual path. But as
I said, from time to time, people get hit with an unpleasant life experience, suffer,
and get introspective. That’s when they can more easily realize that it is worth it to
choose the spiritual path.
During the introspective times brought by suffering, people are more aware of
that constant painful gnawing that exists from the lack of inner peace. It reminds
them, at least internally or subconsciously, about the great fact, that the suffering
caused by remaining separate and selfish, will never end unless you return to
Oneness with the Universal Spirit. And that they can never really be happy as a
selfish separate self. Never. You may have temporary ‘high points and get offs’,
but that’s it. On the other hand, the pain of ‘crucifying’ the selfish separate self is
just temporary. And when you’re done, you have inner peace, and that’s the
only true happiness, and the only happiness that never leaves you. When people
suffer enough self-pain, they will eventually realize this. When one finally realizes
this, and thus decides to take the “return trip”, is when the real spiritual journey
begins. This is the point when we each begin our real ‘spiritual path’.