Change, possibilities, and power that we could not have imagined are reshaping the entire human experience. New values, goals, and intentions are everywhere appearing like grass in the spring. A new and surprising world is emerging in new and surprising ways. We are all students in a new school, explorers in new territory, and pioneers in a new human experience.

The best way to truly tap into the power and potential of these times is through spiritual partnerships.

Potential spiritual partners recognize the commitment, courage, compassion, and conscious communications and actions of one another. They naturally strive to support one another in creating authentic power.  They journey toward the same goal, recognize fellow travelers, and learn from one another. Spiritual partnerships bring you into cocreative interactions with others who are doing the same.

The benefits of spiritual partnership is that these unions help us reach our highest goals and also the most grounded, pragmatic, and useful tools that we can develop.  Here are nine benefits of spiritual partnerships.

Loving Yourself: Love is a state of being. It is not an emo¬tion or response. You cannot create Love, but you can experi¬ence it, and when you do it envelopes you. Love makes all things precious, including you. It eliminates all constraints. Love is without limits, conditions, judgments, and hidden agendas. A flashlight can be turned off and on. The sun cannot be turned off. Confusing need with love is like confusing your flashlight with the sun. When you love, you and Love become indistin¬guishable, and love for others and love for you become indis¬tinguishable.

Meaning and Purpose: Traveling in the direction that your soul wants to go fills you with meaning. Traveling in other directions diminishes meaning in your life. Traveling in the opposite direction empties your life of meaning. The inten-tions of harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life take you exactly where your soul wants to go—toward people, Life, health, fulfi llment instead of satisfaction, and joy instead of happiness. Your life becomes worth living, and you become worthy of living it. These are experiences of authentic power.

Joy of Conscious Cocreation: Every species and individual loves to play. Children play with grass, flowers, pets, food, and one another. Theater (“plays”), music, movies, sports, and social interactions are forms of play. Creativity is play. Cocreation is the nectar of play. The less fear is present in your life, the more play is possible. When fear is absent, all is play. Athletes love the zone, musicians love the groove, and artists love the energy of the work because fear is absent there. As spiritual partners learn to cocreate without fear, their endeavors become play.

Real Courage: Courage enables action when a frightened part of your personality is active. Some courageous actions are noble, such as risking injury to save another, and some are not, such as attempting to impress others (pursue external power) by doing something dangerous. Fear generates cour­age when you challenge frightened parts of your personality in order to be accepted, admired, or successful. Love gen­erates courage when you challenge a frightened part of your personality in order to benefit another or to create authentic power. That is real courage. It takes courage to do dangerous things in order to prove yourself worthy (such as parachuting and combat patrols), but it takes ever so much more courage to challenge a frightened part of your personality that wants to shout, judge, resent, withdraw, or rage. Creating authen­tic power requires real courage. Spiritual partners help one another develop it.

Intimacy that Comes from Integrity: Integrity is honoring the needs of the healthiest parts of your personality. Integrity is different from conscience. Conscience is the sense of what you should do in order to honor the expectations of your cul­ture, peers, or family. If you do not “follow your conscience,” you feel guilty. Integrity means wholeness. Living with integ­rity means acting with the healthiest parts of your personal­ity, choosing loving intentions, and creating constructively even if you are frightened. Integrity opens the door to inti­macy. Spiritual partners walk through it together. 

Ability to Use Dramas and Tragedies to Grow Spiritually: “Dramas” and “tragedies” are experiences of frightened parts of the personality. When you say, “What a tragedy this is!” you can more accurately say, “What a fear this is!” When you are immersed in a drama around you or within you, you can detach from it and recognize it as an experience of fear. Then apply the Spiritual Partnership Guidelines (next section)— scan your emotional energy system, consult intuition, and choose responsibly. Spiritual partners help one another do these things.