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I am sharing the story below, written by Steven A. Ross, because it perfectly reflects my experience and is expressed more beautifully than anything I have ever read before.
A BEAUTIFUL HEART, AN OPEN MIND, AND A HUMBLE SPIRIT
"I would like to mention a dream I had many years ago.
I was walking along the ocean with thousands of people, who like me, were seeking greater spiritual enlightenment. To my left was the ocean and a short distance in front of me, almost invisible because of a fog, stood a woman dressed in blue holding a microphone. To her immediate left and to my right were circular stands filled with people.
I recognized the people in the stands because they were well-known lecturers in the spiritual and health fields. The people in the stands had over-sized heads and there was a fog and loud noises coming from their mouths. I couldn't hear and could barely see the woman in blue. When I got closer to the woman in blue, I saw it was Sophia, the goddess of wisdom. I then wondered, if these people in the stands, who profess to know so much, were causing this interference, then what are spiritual seekers supposed to do?
Then a breeze blew off the ocean, cleared the fog and everything became quiet, and then I heard the following words..."all one needs to reach a higher state of awareness within themselves is, 'A Beautiful Heart, an Open Mind and a Humble Spirit'."
The dream came upon the heels of a thought I had earlier in the day regarding what is the extent of our human potential? I had the thought that each person has their own belief system and when that person is sharing their information, it is based on their experiences based on their own beliefs.
Early in my spiritual journey I heard that one had to be chaste; that one should not eat meat; that one had to meditate; that you can only reach higher states with the assistance of a guru; and so on and so on. Endless rules and teachings that have been handed down through time by various groups and individuals.
After 50 years of spiritual journeying I recognize that to achieve greater spiritual awareness your intent and desire are more important factors than following any specific rules laid down by other individuals. When one understands the concept that we are on this plane to demonstrate how we manage creative energies, the seemingly sealed door to higher awareness and spiritual manifestations is suddenly wide open for you to walk through, and utilize the greater capabilities that you have been endowed with.
As you explore the writings of various cultures, societies, groups and the diverse experiences of individuals throughout history, it is very obvious that they did not all follow the same pathway to reach the similar states of spiritual awareness and the use of spiritual gifts. Perhaps it is easier for me to see this because I’ve been a caretaker/librarian of many diverse writings from throughout the world and throughout time.
The value of the various books, lectures and teachings of individuals should be in what they achieved rather than in the manner of THEIR JOURNEY. The journey can be very interesting, but it was their journey and not necessarily your journey. The greatest gift they can provide to you is to have placed into your consciousness what is possible for YOU to achieve.
In my dream, the people in the stands are not bad, wrong or deluded. They have their own systems and pathways which they have used to accomplish certain things. Their pathway does not work for all people, but many people believe that they must follow these directions, and only these directions. You should not be disappointed if some of these systems don’t work, the system was not right for you.
A Beautiful Heart, an Open Mind and a Humble Spirit is my belief system. There are deeper activities that take place within an individual through the activation and desire to achieve these qualities. I know that if you have trust and faith in whatever your belief then the likelihood is that it will manifest. It will manifest to the degree that you believe it will happen for you. You are just as wise, just as spiritual and have all the capabilities of those who write and teach about spiritual ‘things.’
With love, in love and through love."
Steven A. Ross, PhD
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