The word ‘spiritual’ has become part of our daily vocabulary. Many people call themselves spiritual, and being a ‘spiritual person’ has even become an identity for many people in their search for happiness and goodness. I have spent the last 10 years studying spiritual practices and taught Yoga for the past 6 years to people in different countries and from different cultures.
As a spiritual practitioner, it’s important to know how we can recognize what is spiritual and what is not. In other words, how do you know that you are getting closer to Consciousness, your Higher Self, Source, Truth, or Reality? Sooner or later, we all come to a point where we have to ask ourselves how we can recognize whether we are making progress, and whether our practice indeed bears fruits. Has being spiritual just become a cool subculture of this modern age that reminisces of the lost values and character of the past times? Or are we indeed growing towards more awareness and goodness?
The following traits are characteristics of a person who has reached a certain spiritual maturity. This elevation is reflected in their being, personality, and behavior. This list can help you to see where you are on the spiritual ladder, how far you have come, and perhaps where you can still grow.
You can also use these characteristic as map to recognize a true spiritual teacher. Anyone can call themselves a spiritual master. As spiritual seekers, we all know that some of these teachers are closer to embodying the Light than others. Keeping at the back of your mind the qualities that reflect the purest state of Being, will help you to decide whether a teacher is right for you.
Presence in daily life is the result of a deep inner connection that reflects in full presence with the things that happen in the outer world.
We can recognize presence in a steady gaze. Perhaps you have noticed that some people’s eyes seem to be moving from side to side continuously. This is a sign of agitation, and lack of presence. The inability to make eye-contact is another sign of an emotional problem. It's a cliche, but the eyes are the windows to our souls. Start paying attention to eyes, and you will know what I mean.
You can also recognize presence in someone’s ability to listen. The ability to listen to someone, without feeling the need to give unsolicited advise, and without projecting your own story, comes from true presence. Sometimes this is referred to as ‘holding space’, which to some people comes natural.
A person who is in touch with the Source inevitably reflects this Light as goodness. A person who has Goodness has strong inner ethics and values.
He or she will always live according to their inner guidelines. Doing something with the wrong intentions would make this person feel ‘dirty’ and ‘impure’. He or she always acts out of the goodness of their heart with the best intentions.
A person with Goodness acts with such purity that he or she rarely has regrets. He or she has the privilege to live with a clear conscience.
3. HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIPS
The inner harmony that a spiritually elevated person feels will be reflected in their surroundings. He or she will surround themselves with people of a similar frequency. This is called resonance: we attract people who emit a frequency that matches ours.
Reflect for yourself whether in your relationships you have drama, pain, games, … These are signs of disharmony. There are always two people in a relationship, so whatever is present in your relationship, tells you something about yourself. A spiritually mature person is able to deal with the challenges of relationships in a harmonious way to avoid drama and pain because he or she has the ability to surpass the limitations of their own ego. Their love is characterized by selflessness, a deep caring for other people’s needs, and a willingness to serve others.
A spiritual person exudes a calm and peaceful energy. Sure, everyone has their ups and downs. But you have probably noticed, just as I have, that some people have a special calmness to them, whereas others seem to have chilly up their butt.
This inner peace makes the person ‘glow’. I’m sure that someone at some point has told you “wow, you are glowing today”. This happens when we feel particularly good and happy. A person who has tapped into Consciousness continuously carries a part of that Light & Bliss within them. When it is strong enough, others will recognize this as a radiant glow.
Wisdom is often misunderstood as knowledge. Knowledge is about learning things, retaining information, and knowing facts. Wisdom has nothing to do with this. Wisdom is the result of a personal experience of Consciousness. It is not about knowledge, but about Knowing through personal perception.
Wise people have a strong intuition and capacity to discriminate. Discrimination means the recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another. For example, the difference between good and bad - without a concept of judgement attached to it.
Ultimate knowing is reflected in a non-dogmatic attitude. Wisdom knows that all spiritual practices and paths are fingers pointing to the same moon. This is valid for all genuine spiritual traditions. The ability to discriminate between what is a valid spiritual practice and what isn't, is a skill that comes from discrimination. The ignorant thought that your practice, your technique, or your lineage is superior, is most often a sign of lack of wisdom.
He or she also develops the capacity to ‘see’ where someone is at in their life. You recognize whether a person has a young soul or old soul. You are able to tell whether someone is spiritually more mature than you are, or less. Discrimination and intuition thus allow you to help your students more efficiently, and choose wisely your own teachers.
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