It seems that the world wants us to measure our life against some predetermined set of standards. We learn this at an early age. We learn our initial values from our parents, schools, religions, and society.
We are told to learn and live by the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, moral and immoral. This gets confusing as these standards vary from person to person and society to society. Different countries impose standards on the people hoping to influence the society. Then there are the varied and ever-changing standards of a particular religion or tradition.
One has to ask: If I follow a particular set of standards, who decides if I meet those standards? When is the goal point achieved? Where is the scoreboard? How am I doing so far?
Western society uses material possessions as a standard — the “He who dies with the most toys wins” attitude.
Our parents teach us their values and when we adopt or follow them we are a good child. When we don’t we’re placed on restriction (or the like) or the new ultimate punishment: “No cell phone for a week.”
When we choose to follow a religious set of standards, most would say that God would judge you at the end of your life. The question here becomes: Who is setting the standards? Is it God (assuming God does such a thing)? Or some person interpreting their version of a scripture? If one subscribes to reincarnation, do we get judged over and over or is it a cumulative scoreboard?
Then there is the whole idea that God judges. If God is unconditional love, how does a God judge or condemn its own creation (itself)? There is no scoreboard in the sky ….
As we can see, in living ones’ life by a set of standards defined or interpreted by someone else, our life can be very confusing.
So how shall we live our life?
Since we are the emanations of Source, it holds that we have the same attributes as Spirit. “We are created in the image and likeness of God.” As we step into this physical existence, we tend to forget our true nature, who and what we are. So, if we remind ourselves the attributes of the Divine, we may ask if we are living those attributes ourselves.
Most of us, regardless of religion, tradition or spiritual persuasion, can agree that God is unconditional love. Given that:
• Can we love unconditionally?
• Can we be in a state of non-judgment?
• Can we give unconditionally?
• Can we constantly and continually align our selves with the nature of our true being?
The Creative Principle of God-Goddess-All-There-Is is also within us. Some call this the Law of Attraction. We create everything in our lives either consciously or unconsciously.
So, another point that we may want to focus on is:
• How much of my life am I creating Consciously (rather than unconsciously)?
• What is it that I am creating? Does it bring me joy? And joy to all those around me?
• What are the lessons learned from my creations?
Most people are, at some level, endeavoring to live and be like the attributes of God, listed above. These efforts and attributes may have different names, practices and interpretations but, ultimately, we are all seeking the same experience.
A Spiritual Master is one who seeks out, recognizes, and calls forth the belief structures and moral barriers of their own consciousness that are inhibiting them from fully living and expressing the attributes of God. And when uncovered, the thought structure is changed by either reason and analysis or the experience is consciously created in the Master’s life as to learn the lesson and embody the wisdom of the experience.
A Spiritual Master spends a life time uncovering and addressing all the limiting areas of his/her own consciousness. As this is done their expression of life becomes greater and greater and more and more like the attributes of God. As they do this, they express God more fully. It’s not that they become God, they discover that they already are Source Energy, and let more of the Divine flow through and express through and as them.
To learn of a truth is one thing; to become it is quite another. But when you least expect it, you will arise to gaze at such a splendor in the sky, and the knowingness of this truth, through the peace of being, will become a reality … one fine morn.
Then all the words, the confusion, the anger, the rejection of self, the complexities of understanding God, the searching, the books and the teachers, will have ended, in quiet, through a profound realization … that has no words.
Your morning is coming, as came mine.
This then becomes a Life Well Lived.
The World is not broken, Be in Peace …
—Jim Hatton is author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life,” available on Amazon or at www.spiritualmaster.co. Send 600- to 700-word articles to Sally McKirgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.