Question: I think that I am on the road to enlightenment, but my thoughts would lead me to believe that only the holiest of holies could ever reach that state, and it is not readily achievable to a parent having to work and raise a family. How do I recognize my progress?
Answer: While it is true the awakened life that attends self-realization may not be for the masses, nothing about this truth precludes the possibility of a good householder establishing a relationship with God/Truth. Anyone who would have you believe that a good, innocent, and holy life is beyond your reach is himself out of touch with reality. Life places each and every one of us in precisely the conditions we need to learn the lessons required for our awakening. Covet no one else’s life. Work to uncover the truth that awaits you within your own. And as far as how to recognize your progress is concerned, don’t look for growth. When we actually do change our nature, one of the first changes in us is that we are freed from thinking about ourselves at all in terms of being “better” or “worse.”
Goodness grows by enlarging the lives of others — through the development of those thoughts and actions which serve the enhancement of the individual by increasing the depth and breath of understanding between one and all others.
Evil grows by limiting the lives of others — through the gradual erosion and theft of the rights of others through the unconscionable actions of selfishly sick individuals.
What is evil serves only itself, and the actions of one evil being may cause the rights of millions to be restricted; whereas good serves all who encounter it.
Must the good bear the evil at the cost of their liberty? Are laws which restrict the good actually for the good, or do they serve the evil? Can any law which limits freedom be the same law which upholds the principle of liberty?
In this podcast, Guy Finley explains how every human being is meant to be a unique expression of the Intelligence of our Living Universe.
Click here to listen to this podcast “Dare to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others”
Talk notes: There is no blade of grass … no flower petal … no moment that is the same. Everything in Reality, both visible and invisible, is unique. This holds true for human beings as well. No other person is capable of expressing what can only be expressed by you — by who you really are.
The world cannot realize its full potential as long as human beings refuse to explore the interior world. Today, hardly anything is truly unique because we have all become imitators of the world we see outside of us, constantly comparing ourselves to other people.
We are intended to be used as instruments by the Intelligence that guides the Present Moment. However, presently we think that WE are the intelligence that is responsible for guiding the present moment, which means we are always struggling to make the moment fit into what we imagine the moment should be.
When we really speak and act from the Present Moment, there is no wrong concern over what to say or do, and there is no worry over how we will be seen by others. In striving to wake up from the dream, no longer will you feel the punishment of trying to be what you are not.
Unseen by those who feel empty, rejected by those full of regret, and feared by those who resist change… is this inescapable spiritual fact concerning emptiness, sorrow, or fear: our lives are full of what we fill them with!