A spirit teacher shares timeless wisdom with me, but
it seems to require never-ending intellectual, emotional
and spiritual development. I obviously don’t have what
it takes to absorb what He seems to think I can.
I struggle, as many others surely do, to live within
constraints not entirely of my own choosing.
Spirit claims that I do choose and am trying to avoid
accepting responsibility for choices I freely make.
But, how free are we to make choices when often
the choice I seem to need to make is the lesser of two
or more unacceptable options?
Spirit is unimpressed with my whimpering. It doesn’t
move Him. Constraints, He tells me, are necessary
to future progress in any discipline or area of
human development, including spiritual, intellectual,
or physical in that they provide challenges to our
present level of skill, as well as serving to soften
our ego’s otherwise smug sense of satisfaction in
the moment of victory.
Challenges that we have struggled to face and overcome,
He claims, seem to whisper in our inner ear, “Perhaps
we should raise the bar”.
A spirit teacher tells me that, at a grass-roots level,
compassion is as sophisticated a way as any to express
Gentle words of love and caring serve a need, both to
the giver and to the one receiving; but only when the
words are supported by caring deeds can they, at least
be seen to be genuine expressions.
Compassion is a beautiful word that expresses a deep but
simple emotion; genuine care for someone or something.
But, saying it is never enough. We need to support our
caring words with caring actions.
I could still be pretending.
A spirit teacher shares gems of wisdom with me, and I share
some of what He shares with me, with you. No charge.
He tells me that to tolerate ignorance, and other base
qualities in oneself or in others is disrespectful of those
others and oneself.
It is counter-productive as it slows spiritual development,
and so is also disrespectful of our future.
Then, how to respond?
Compassion is the answer and is the only way to achieve
peace of mind. Pity is arrogance pretending to be
If I pity the wretched conditions of others, then I am
not one of them, and, Spirit claims, to be with them and
not of them is impossible, as there are no faults of others
that we, ourselves, do not, at least potentially possess,
if only hidden at some level of our soul or psyche. How else
could we recognize the qualities of others without awareness
I know you, He tells me, because I know myself.