What’s wrong with this picture? Not the lemons…that’s a picture of abundance. This…A person who claims to have become “Enlightened” ending up poor, lonely, sick, old or dead, or all of the above.
Recently i read an article written by such a person from their hospital bed. It brought to mind something a Syrian mystic wrote, “The way that provides not for the wayfarer, is no way to fare upon”. The quote spoke to me… if the Spiritual teaching we are following is not Spiritually Providing for our daily needs, if We are not being Spiritually Fed, Supported, Healed, Forgiven, Comforted and Protected, then one of two things is happening;
The teaching is incomplete or false. That is, it’s not really Spiritual or
The teaching is Complete but our understanding is incomplete.
Perhaps the first question we need to ask is, “What does it mean to be Spiritual Provided?”
To help us with the answer we need only to look up from “our” limited life and out the window. When we do, we notice that there is an Intelligence and Love “Providing” for every other living thing. Birds, insects and native animals have their needs met without apparent struggle or strife (until they come within range of humans). Forces such as gravity, weather, seasons and tides work cooperatively with the elements, plants and creatures of the earth and sea in a vast and generous eco-system we call Nature. In other words, every form of Life, from the smallest ant to the largest whale is Provided for, Spiritually. That is, they don’t decide to do anything separate from what their inner instincts dictate. They just go with the “flow” and that flow is Infinitely Loving and Intelligent.
However, when we look at man (not gender-specific), he seems to have been left out of the picture. Or was he?
What really happened was that man took himself out of the picture by thinking he could provide for himself. Suddenly he separated himself from the Infinite Flow of his own inner Being and experienced limitation: Limited health, limited supply, limited love, limited happiness, limited safety etc etc etc. Ignorance of this fact makes us look outside for remedies and solutions. Isn’t this a ridiculous scenario?
Now…back to the quote..”The way that provides not for the wayfarer, is no way to fare upon”. Surely then, a True Spiritual teaching will help its followers become Consciously Receptive to our very own built-in Infinitely Intelligent and Loving “Provider” (which Is our own Consciousness). This can only be done through correct and sustained meditation, because the thinking human mind has a persistent habit of judging, desiring and fearing which separates it from its own Good. Meditation quiets the thinking mind and allows “us” to become transparencies for the Infinite Intelligence and Love of the Universe to do Its thing. Eventually, We Realize that the One Infinite Intelligence and Love Is Us, Individualized (not personalized). It is already Providing, Sustaining and Nurturing, Infinitely and Eternally. “Our” role is to drop the personal sense of “us”, “me”, “we”, “i” (the one that judges, desires and fears), and Realize We are already Spiritually Provided for. That Realization translates into Harmonious conditions in our practical daily lives.
It’s worth noting that Jesus also said, “By their fruits you shall know them” – Matthew 7:16. So…is your Spiritual teaching fruitless?