“Blessed are thy which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.” ~ Matthew 5:6
If you study a spiritual teaching and learn everything about it to the point where you can teach it, but you don’t fully live it, then you’re fooling yourself. You don’t really know it.
This is the error that many spiritual students and even spiritual teachers make: they believe that an intellectual knowledge is the same thing as a spiritual knowing and nothing could be further from the Truth. No one who really knows the Truth would fail to live it.
For years, I had an intellectual understanding of the Law of Cause & Effect. I understood that my thoughts were made manifest in form. I thought I understood that form is my experience, my feelings, and my life. And yet, I still gave myself permission to pour my precious attention into energizing thoughts and beliefs that I ABSOLUTELY did NOT want to see made manifest.
I studied spiritual teachings, but I gave myself permission not to REALLY live them. I thought it would be too hard. I thought it was unrealistic to try to live them. Who really did that? Monks? Priestesses? Nobody I know! That let me off the hook.
The big change in my life came when I decided to BE that someone. I decided to BE my own shining example of LOVE just so that I could see it, feel it, and know it.
Spirit in me and as me activated a great hunger and thirst to be fed the Truth and only the Truth and that has been my guiding inner light. It has nothing to do with ANYTHING anyone else is doing. Phew! I’m so glad I reached that awareness.
What is the key that opened the door for me? Willingness. I was willing to make the DECISION to BE willing and to commit to BEING LOVING. It kicked my butt, but that was better than being punched in the gut every day by my own judgments and feelings of anger
, resentment, guilt
, shame and regrets. Anything was better than living like THAT anymore! PHEW!
You can wait as long as you want to make that decision to dedicate yourself to being loving. You can think that it’s not possible or too hard for as long as you want. You’re eternal. You can take forever if you want to. Or you can start now. It’s up to your choice.
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