Governor George Wallace. Undoubtedly sure at the time that he was a wonderfully spiritual man
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What does it mean to me, Rose Rosetree, calling someone “A spiritual person”?
After days of conversation here at the blog — and more comments on this topic to come, I hope — it strikes me as important to add my personal opinion. Just to set an example.
Having your own opinion is what matters most, of course, Blog-Buddies.
Why is it important, deciding for yourself what it means, being a spiritual person? So you can live up to your ideals.
Also, this can free you when behavior from others has been hurtful to you. Or confusing. Or (worst of all) the iffy behavior has gone unquestioned. Because that person did something horrible but other people chime in, “No matter. Her heart is in the right place. She is such a spiritual person.”
You see, old definitions and beliefs live within us subconsciously, causing expectations. Then we can get weirded out consciously by reality, entangled in our smelly old illusions like wine in the cellar that has turned to vinegar.
At least if you consciously examine what you believe now, that can protect you. You can recognize when somebody widely considered “A spiritual person” may clash horribly with your own deep standards. Clear and current standards, congruent with your present level of consciousness, can spare you a great deal of anguish.