Books and “off the shelf” technology in terms of seminars that anyone could attend were the beginning, middle and end of all that I received from others. Additionally, except for one notable exception, I never met the authors or most seminar leaders.
It is a good question to ask, how do we “measure” these kinds of things? How do we know that we are “getting anywhere?” Gopi Krishna came up with a fairly good answer to that. As with everything, I took what he said and transformed it to suit myself. So, now, I would “measure” the existence and progress of spiritual growth with five, six or more criteria.
The first three would be living a personally satisfying level of genius, ecstasy and truth. The next two would be, first, some form of “multi-dimensional awareness” i.e. transcendent vision, hearing, feeling, speaking etc. and, second, providing inspirational leadership at some level however many or few people it may effect. The sixth one would be living a Joyfully Empowered life that you love living in all of the details. That includes everything from free time and enough space to “money, sex and success.” Arguably, the most important one is health and longevity because if you aren’t physically here and you don’t physically feel well none of the others matter much.
There are more, of course. I would also add the need to experience and be completely at peace with what people generally mean when they refer to God-presence, Self-realisation, Enlightenment or “I am.” That essentially means to answer the questions, for yourself, “Who or what am I?” And, “Why am I here?”
Further, understanding each “fragment of spiritual gold” in all of the many “spiritual paths” such that understanding dawns and you experience “Oh, I see!” Which finishes forever any need to compare.
It also helps to have a somewhat “scientific” overview of things like Kundalini energy and the psychology of “spiritual transformation” whereby one goes from “self leading Self” to “Self leading self.”
It is also much fun to watch as all of the “dualities, paradoxes and polarities” vanish one-by-one. My personal favourite is integrating “Megalomania and Self-love!”
The last criteria is perhaps the ability to share all that you have gained with a sincere listener such that he or she can have similar results.
And so if I asked myself whether or not I, my self, would pass most or all of these self-devised tests I would just say “Yeah. I think so.”
Edited on 2007-01-27 21:16:13 by GregEhmka
It is quite interesting to me that I have never had a personal Shaman, Guru, Master or Spiritual Teacher of any kind.