– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.85 –
Avoid The Common Pitfalls Found Along Spiritual Paths
These pitfalls include demanding instant results and following the wrong teachers (authoritarian “masters” who may be practicing “spiritual fascism,” or cult leaders bent on satisfying their own ends rather than on promoting the interests of their flocks). Unlike a philosopher who confuses you sufficiently to make you think he knows what he is talking about, a good guru (spiritual teacher) acts like a guide who prevents his or her students from self-delusion; getting too “blissed out;” thinking that all is controlled by fate, destiny, and karma; believing too much in miracles and not enough in everyday life; and not following the Middle Way (a spiritual path that leads to neither too much indulgence nor too much asceticism in one’s behaviors and neither too much externalism nor too much nihilism––skepticism in one’s views). We trust that you will feel secure that the Heartwood Path is charted around such pitfalls.
The following activity is inspired and adapted from the book The Seeker’s Guide, by Elizabeth Lesser (2009).
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Spiritual Paths
For this activity, help yourself avoid the pitfalls of spiritual paths. In the presence of your chosen attractive natural being, ask yourself the following questions. Wait until after you sleep and dream before writing down your answers to give your subconscious mind a chance to process the information and present it to you as feelings or dreams. Process any related emotions or mental images with your conscious mind before writing the answers in your journal.
Answer the following questions about the a worthiness of your spiritual path:
Explain your answers in your journal. Take appropriate actions, as inspired by your answers.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!
Heartwood Path Axioms: