January 18, 2016 4:04 PM
Is the spiritual quest entirely selfish? Is it something we do “only for the sheer joy and bliss of taking the ride?” Is there any reason for it other than to alleviate our own suffering, to make us feel better?
Here’s an excerpt from an email from long-time reader Terry:
Does our individual effort and accomplishments have any real impact on the TaoGod? My short answer to this last question is NO. So why be motivated to take the quest? Only for the sheer joy and bliss of taking the ride. Any ideas?
I do have some ideas…
For most people—myself included—the beginning of their spiritual quest is almost entirely selfish and self-centered. I’ve often said that the reason people go to school for psychiatry is because they’re screwed up and want to fix themselves. It’s pretty much the same thing for most spiritual seekers.
But this selfishness—to fix one’s self—is a very important part of the spiritual quest. Without that personal motivation, there’d be little reason to continue to plug away at it for the years (decades! lifetimes!) it takes to transcend the little me-thing.
But Terry’s question comes from a higher level. Once the self is seen through, isn’t it kind of hypocritical to continue on? Is there a self-less reason to continue—a reason that benefits TaoGodHer? Doesn’t She have everything already?
In the diagram of the 9 Aspects of Being—posted before I received Terry’s email—you’ll see that the unhealthy flavor of I AM is meaninglessness. If everything is One, if everything is God, if everything is as it should be, then why do anything? Notice that all these questions are very logical and rational. They make sense. Moreover, notice they are at the very top of the Path of the Mind (the Aspects on the right-hand side of the diagram).
This meaninglessness, this emptiness, this nihilism (We believe in NOTHING, Lebowski!), is exactly why it is so important to balance the path of the Mind with the path of the Heart, because it is the path of the Heart which knows that it is through our eyes, that the Divine sees… that our spiritual development is a gift to Her. That the less there is of me, the more there is of the Divine.
After the self is transcended, then the less I stand in Her way, the more clearly She can experience the World… an experience which Amelie demonstrates so beautifully as she helps a blind man down a street in Paris:
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