‘I need to get rid of my ego’, ‘I need to become vegan’, ‘I must always think positively’. Spiritual explorers should stop being so hard on themselves. I see them grinding away at themselves as if, if they grind away hard enough, they might grind themselves into a more spiritual being. Many people who are interested in spirituality seem to reject and dislike the sense of separation that comes from inhabiting an individual human body, and leading an individual human life. Anyone who has done even the lightest of reading into spirituality knows that the take-home message from most branches of spiritual wisdom is ‘we are one’. We are One with each other. One with God. One with the Universe. This is true, but many seem to interpret this information as if we were one, now we’re not because we’re bad and naughty humans, and we have to find some sort of difficult and punishing way to reunite ourselves with source. And this is simply not true.
You are always one with God. You are always connected to source, and you are exactly as you should be. There is no need to punish yourself, battle with your ego, or deprive yourself of human experiences, because to do so is to reject your humanity with fear, which only serves to make you forget that you are always one with love. Your human life is a unique and individual feather on the wing of Spirit, and Spirit cannot fly without you. Nothing can separate you from source. Nothing. Experience your human life as fully as you can. Make mistakes, cry, doubt, make silly decisions, take risks and go your own way, because when you do, the Universe experiences those feelings, learns with you and grows with you through love. You are not bad because you are human. You are not ‘cut off’ because you recognise yourself in the mirror. You are simply a unique expression of oneness, just like everyone else. Embrace it. Do what feels right to your human self as well as your spiritual self, for they are also one. You need not struggle to make your way back to oneness, you are already one with love. Although we may wander through the forest of life, sometimes feeling lost, often feeling alone and afraid, there is nowhere in that forest that the voice of loving oneness cannot reach you. For it is always in your heart.
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