Cause and Effect

Outcomes

“Every individual must be prepared to meet herself or himself. The evolution of true spiritual advancement demands that an individual be willing to enter the deep waters of her or his own inner essence. This is not a task to be engaged at times when it is convenient or fashionable. A sincere commitment to spiritual effort is not some transcendental transformation into a “play nice” environment where an individual magically finds herself or himself in a state of mutual, loving kindness. The journey is complex, frustrating, and often seems as though no progress is forthcoming, or even possible. The most significant principle of spiritual effort is straightforward: do not focus on outcomes. Individual and collective spiritual effort activates a sequence of cause and effect relationships that determine the outcomes. If an individual is trying to discern an outcome, or attempting to gauge her or his personal “spiritual accomplishments,” the energy and effort required for spiritual exploration is instead wasted on self-centered nonsense. The primary indicators of how little an individual has advanced spiritually are revealed when he or she openly discusses their “spiritual advancements”, or when one assumes the role of “spiritual teacher”.

The Irreducible Primary
© Rob Taylor, 2011

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