The open dialogue on topics of spirituality had me thinking about the topic of “spiritual responsibility” lately. And, although I am very pleased to share bits and pieces about my spiritual journey with others (because I love and I care openly), I have also considered that I need to remain judicious and careful in these discussions (ie. remain balanced and unattached) – hence the concept of spiritual responsibility. From my experience, I believe that it is important to be “aware” and “conscious” of words, thoughts and intentions because these aspects manifest into reality….
“What do I mean by the term ‘Spiritual Responsibility’?” you may be asking. I guess, I mean to say that I believe that everyone has their own Truth and their own way of discovering that Truth (what may be the “path” for you, may not work or apply for others – and the triggers and destination of that path can vary too). I know that other definitions of the term exist, but this is my humble interpretation. The journey of spiritual discovery and awakening must come from “within” a person. This needs to be a deliberate and conscious process (although the subconscious is an important aspect of our development) for that individual, if it is to be genuine and meaningful. And, although, external influences (other people, literature, experiences) can certainly shape and mould our development – we are ultimately the filters of our own discovery and we need to be able to “feel” and perceive the differences between positive energy (that which will promote growth and awareness) from negative energy (that which restricts us and impedes our growth). Thus, we need to be responsible in our thoughts, intentions and actions towards ourselves and others. Sometimes too much “knowledge” can harm. We also need to be able to “assimilate” and “feel” our journey as well.
So, as with any journey, I have considered that there are certainly “dangers” along the path of spiritual awakening (not “trolls” or crazy “magicians”, but you get the point!). There are dangers of placing implicit faith in people, objects or activities that cause us to become attached. I once found myself delving into oracle readings and Tarot readings almost daily at one point, instead of allowing my feelings, perception and intuition to guide me. Now, I am finding that it is important to practise the art of “non-attachment” – because much can be attained by simply “letting go” of compulsive thoughts, negative desires, fears and emotions (I use oracles to “guide” now, I don’t use them to provide me with “answers”). In addition, I also believe that there are dangers of opening yourself up to people that may not have the best intentions (be wary of the extremes = people claiming to have all the answers and be wary of people that ask too many questions). Sometimes the most spiritual people that I have encountered in life say very little. When you are grounded, attuned and aware, there is very little to say, wouldn’t you agree?. It is just important to “Be.”