Seeking Spiritual Guidance
by Max Kezooki
The power of the human spirit is a strange paradox. It is at once one of the strongest and at the same time the frailest things imaginable. Spirit isn’t dictated by environment, social status, or culture. Spirit is something we all possess, and strength of spirit is something we all seek.
It shows up in various forms, from the single mother who fights a world seemingly gone hostile to keep her children safe, to police officers who avoid the temptations of corruption and power, to businessmen who choose to become philantropists and use their money and power to help others less fortunate than they are.
Spirit itself is difficult to define with any degree of true accuracy. The manifestations of spirit, however, are easier to grasp. It can be a source of strength in times of adversity, allowing us to fight on when other people would fold and give up.
It is also a fuel for our beliefs, giving us the courage to stand up for what we think and feel is right despite the pressure and stumbling blocks in our way.
Lastly, it is at the core of the most noble and altruistic parts of our nature, the part that continues to hope, and to believe that we can and should make a positive difference in the world.
Many so called gurus, priests, pastors, shamans, senseis, and other assorted self proclaimed spiritual leaders out there profess to have found enlightenment in one form or another.
Or, as the more brutal saying goes, they Sell you Salvation. The sheer volume of these people can get insanely confusing for people seeking spiritual strength and guidance, or even just plain old peace of mind.
Instead of alleviating the confusion, these people add to it more, claiming that They have a monopoly on The Truth and that All Other Ways are False. To be blunt about it, these elitist and prejudicial belief systems don’t strengthen the human spirit; they break it and poison it by causing discord, strife, and generating false feelings of moral superiority among their members.
So where does that leave us, common people who just want a little hope, a little peace, and something to believe in?
Well, here are a few tips gleaned from far, far more reliable sources, those sources being normal people who just somehow managed to keep a smile on their faces and laughter in their hearts despite taking the brunt of the world’s efforts to run them over.
Know yourself – you’ve got to be honest with yourself and accept yourself. Trying to fit yourself into someone else’s ideal mold never works out. You have to see yourself honestly, both good and bad parts, and accept and love yourself despite – maybe even because of – your faults.
Once you learn to like who you are and what you are, it makes it a bit easier to deal with the rest of the world more honestly.
Know What You Want – spiritual strength can take a lot of different forms, and can likewise be fed from a lot of different sources. Know what you really want to do, and what you’re really out to achieve. Don’t be afraid to follow your path.
Each victory on your road, no matter how small, serves to keep you going because you know it’s in pursuit of YOUR dream. Victories on a road that someone or something else chose for you don’t give you strength, they give you no satisfaction and are ultimately empty.
Find A Code – living by a Code helps a lot. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, and can be as simple as “Never Betray another Person’s Trust”, or as elaborate as the code of Bushido followed by ancient Japanese warriors. Whatever the case, try to find a Code to follow that suits your nature.
Don’t go for a Code or belief system that epitomizes your ideal; take one that suits you as you are, with all your strengths and flaws. If no such belief system exists, make your own personalized Code, and live by it.
Find Good Companions – lastly, remember that there are no solitary trips. You don’t need a spiritual or religious brotherhood to find your way. Find real people, real friends you can count on and trust. People who know what you’re going through, and can offer helpful advice, support, and even painful but necessary constructive criticism.
And if you’re lucky enough to find a guide, make sure your guide is a person who’s walked the walk. Never take advice from someone who’s never been where you want to go.
Max Kezooki is passionate about helping others succeed in their career & personal life. For more tips on self-improvement, success & insomnia help, visit http://www.kezooki.com/blog.