Enabling comments at our online community this morning, this blog host was so impressed with your wise words, Blog-Buddies. Notably ADAM’s magnificent Comment #30 about Enlightenment.
Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to join our conversation. Seems to me, we are creating quite the Enlightenment wiki around spiritual growth that, unlike the link just provided, is not centered around Christianity.
What does spiritual growth mean for someone on a path to Householder Enlightenment?
Over at Skilled Empath Merge with Elizabeth Holmes, a Billionaire at 30, Blog-Buddy MEG really grabbed my attention when she wrote, in Comment 3: “This woman is financially rich, but spiritually broke.”
What gave rise to this conclusion? Maybe this is a teachable moment for all of us to revisit some of our assumptions and beliefs.
- What does it mean to you for a person to be considered “spiritual”?
- Does spiritual growth have to include belonging to an organized religion?
- What does it mean to evolve spiritually?
Here’s some context, as we explore what spirituality might really mean
I had posted a Skilled Empath Merge with a huge success story of an entrepreneur.
Evaluating what it means to grow spiritually or to “be spiritual”– well, for many reasons, a person might be curious. And not just for gossip, nor to be judgmental. You might explore whether a person is spiritual by your standards because:
- You are considering study with that person to move forward on your path to Enlightenment.
- You seek aura healing, whether through Energy Spirituality, Energy Medicine, or Energy Psychology.
- You’re looking for a church home.
- You’re seeking heroes and heroines? (I believe everyone needs some, even us post-postmodern ironists. Don’t you?)
- You’re developing your working knowledge of good and bad, because ethics in everyday life really do matter.
So I applaud MEG for drawing attention to this very human question of “What does it mean to be a spiritual person?”
As a starting-off point for our discussion here at the blog, here is how I go about making that kind of assessment. To keep things real, let’s use Elizabeth Holmes as an example. She is, after all, a real-live person who was profiled yesterday at the blog.
What does the person say and do in objective reality?
Objective reality is really important, not something to over-interpret or discard as “An illusion.”
Elizabeth Holmes has developed technology to make lab testing more financially affordable. Maybe she has become one of the “big people” financially. However, she has earned that money in ways that help us, the “little people.”
The self-made billionaire has earned her money for doing something. Not just making money by gaming the financial system. Not through celebrity, the “Being famous for being famous” model that sometimes pays off. Nor has Elizabeth Holmes grown rich through selling products produced by sweatshop labor, like the heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. They are among the richest people in the entire world.
Now I’m not suggesting that how people make money is the only criterion for evaluating what it means to lead a spiritual life. Still, I think any honorable work that helps people goes to the head of my list for a good start towards “being spiritual.”
That group includes the guys who stop by my house twice a week to pick up the trash. When I assess whether someone is “a spiritual person,” they’re off to a good start, according to my criteria.
Doing honorable work that helps people would most definitely include the work of Elizabeth Holmes, at least based on what I know about her business.
Surface perception matters. But it doesn’t have to be all we use for making sense of life. On to making deeper perception practical!
Next, what does the person’s aura say?
Reading chakra databanks, it is possible to sort wheat from chaff from Twinkies. Using Stage One Energetic Literacy is misleading, though. How about developing Stage Three Energetic Literacy?
Ha, I know a website that can help you learn that survival skill for the third millennium. 🙂
What would be a deal breaker for spiritual goodness?
MEG, I gather, considered this to qualify Elizabeth Holmes as “spiritually broke”:
Third Eye Chakra Databank for Connection to Spiritual Source
3 inches. Does God exist?
Call it self-confidence. Or lack of proof. But Elizabeth Holmes isnt convinced.
She doesnt need a God outside herself.
Not a hater of the Divine, nor an angry atheist, nor a Mammon worshipper, nor a self-worshipper this particular person, Elizabeth Holmes, lives just fine without having to think about God.
At that blog post, I elaborated further:
This benign neglect is pretty common, actually, among the people who have achieved tremendous success or fame early on. They believe they did it themselves. And just in this lifetime.
They tend to believe that Anyone can be successful if they really try. Sure, it happens to child stars and others who have success at a really young age, with apparent ease.
Check back with Elizabeth Holmes on that one after a few years.
Most of us dont develop a conscious interest in the Divine until we need it.
All that, folks, is about human life. In the case of Elizabeth Holmes, she is a young woman who has focused hard to do something that makes her successful. Something that also helps people. And not having 17 heads and 34 arms, she has had to specialize in life.
Doing some things rather than others — what’s wrong with that? It’s not wickedness. Not being spiritual bankrupt.
For one extreme example of being very much about religion and spirituality, consider this. Adolph Hitler and his pals were very public Christians. True believers and then some. According to historical scholar Jim Walker:
The German words, “Gott Mit Uns” means “God With Us” and appeared on many Nazi soldiers belt buckles during WWII. To see the buckle, click here.
Funny old Earth School! Like Hitler, though also very unlike Hitler, people in spiritual addiction can flunk at that “Doing good in the world.” They also believe they are spiritual, even among the world’s spiritual elite.
Yet the objective reality sniff test may not go so well for them. Nor a study of that person through aura reading. Oops!
So where would you look for discerning whether a person is “spiritual”?
It’s really fascinating to consider which aspects of life you think would be examined in order to assess spiritual goodness. Including aspects of life that could correspond to chakra databanks.
You name the human aspect of life. I will get as close as I can to a relevant subconscious-level chakra databank. Sound like fun?
How about commenting below? What do you think makes a spiritual person tick? Is it emotional, intellectual, physical, material, financial, or simply about personally connecting to Spiritual Source?