Rules #6a: Hallmarks of the Spiritually Advanced Being
So How Do You Measure Up?
This was developed in the response to a seemingly easy question posed by a client. This person asked "What are the signs that a person is spiritually advanced?"
I replied, "It's really obvious". To which the person said, "OK, what are they?" I was at a loss for a quick answer. It turned out that it was not so very obvious after all.
After much research, deep reflection, and a "little help from my friends", this is a list of the "hallmarks" of the spiritually advanced ("when you care enough to be the best").
12 Hallmarks of the Spiritually Advanced Being are...
#1: LOVE - The Spiritually Advanced are models of unconditional LOVE
In the words of the Bible ("New Testament 1Corinthians 13"), "love is always patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not proud or conceited. Love does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to glorify herself, nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs. Love finds no pleasure in injustice done to others, but joyfully sides with the truth. She knows how to be silent. She is full of trust, full of hope, full of patient endurance. Love never fails". To this, I would only add that that spiritually advanced are also full of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion for all living things.
#2: JOY - The Spiritually Advanced find JOY in every moment
The English mystic, anchoress Julian of Norwich said (in "Showings") that "to experience well being is to be touched and illumined by grace with true certainty of endless joy". For "we are preserved in love by the goodness of God just as truly in woe as in well being". Joyful people are dreaming their life and living their dream. That is the well spring of their peace and contentment. The joyful find delight in everything because they are spontaneous and totally open to the beauty of each moment. Truly joyful people invariably have a great sense of humor. It is this joyousness keeps them endlessly healed and happy.
#3: TRUTH - The Spiritually Advanced are seekers after TRUTH
In the writings of ECK ("A Cosmic Sea of Words"), truth is "the essence, Spirit, Soul, and life of everything that exists, itself unchangeable and immortal, an unlimited ocean of love and wisdom". The only true advancement is any area of life is built on a foundation of unshakable honesty and personal integrity. The journey of life is all about developing the capacity for discernment: learning what works and what does not by direct personal experience. In this sense, there is no good or evil, no right or wrong, no dark or light: all is education as we all make the long journey back home to our Source: God, the endless Ocean of Love and Mercy.
#4: COURAGE - The Spiritually Advanced draw strength from COURAGE
Aristotle said (in "On the Soul") that "courage is the first among human qualities because it guarantees the others". Courage is the fuel that gives us strength to make our journey throughout life and to get us over the rough spots. If you ever feel that you are lacking in courage, know that coming to Earth to have a spiritual experience was in and of itself an enormous act of bravery. For life is truly an adventure: although when one is cleaning the toilets or doing other mundane tasks, it seems much like a job rather than the "Soul Play " it was meant to be.
#5: TRUST - The Spiritually Advanced TRUST unconditionally
Martin Luther said (in "On Creation") that everyday "I trust that God will abundantly provide everything I need to nourish this body and life. He protects me against all danger, shields and defends me from all evil. He does all this because of His pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy". Trust comes from the willingness to surrender attachment to persons, things, or outcomes: "letting go, letting God". Faith is the ultimate expression of the trust that, in the long run, "all things work together for the good for those that love God".
#6: PURPOSE - The Spiritually Advanced are living their PURPOSE in life
When Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) "resolved to accomplish his purpose" in life, he got the following advice from a master (in "Bodhisattva's Renunciation"). "Persevere in thy quest and thou shalt find what thou seekest. Pursue thy aim unswervingly and thou shalt gain the victory. Struggle earnestly and thou shalt triumph". Obedience to their life's purpose is what allows joyous transformation to uplift the lives of the spiritually advanced. Purpose becomes the source and foundation of all their inspiration ("the Holy Spirit working in a human Soul") and enthusiasm ("the passion of the God Within") for their mission in life.
#7: ABUNDANCE - The Spiritually Advanced manifest ABUNDANCE
In the words of the Koran ("Chapter of Abraham"), it was God who "created the heavens and the earth; and sent down from the sky, water, and brought forth therewith fruits, as a provision for you; and brought you of everything ye asked Him". God created all this for you to use it because he wants you to become all that you can be. The spiritually advanced understand that abundance is the means for them to become fully realized beings. Abundance gives them the freedom to become more of who they are, the power to create their lives, and the glory to do God's work for as long as they are here on this Earth.
#8: CLARITY - The Spiritually Advanced are CLEAR channels for God
Confucius said (in "Analects") that "The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear." That is because the consciousness of the spiritually advanced is pure and clear. This clarity manifests in their awareness as correct understanding of divine guidance, as clear perception of intuition, as accurate communication, as pure unconditional love, as moral expression of will, as ethical use of power, and as responsible citizenship in the universe. Those who are clear have a proper sense of humility: valuing their uniqueness while recognizing their oneness as a coworker with God.
#9: SIMPLICITY - The Spiritually Advanced unfold in SIMPLICITY
Lao-Tse said (in the "Tao Te Ch'ing") that "Simplicity is without a name, is free from all external aim: with no desire, at rest and still, all things go right as of their own will". When anything happens with seemingly "effortless effort", the spiritually advanced recognize that "it was meant to be". They are able to see the single golden thread running through the most complex issues. They pull on this golden thread and even the most difficult problems are efficiently resolved. They manage to simplify their life because they can see the beauty in life's lessons, they have the grace needed to learn them easily, and the wisdom coming from simplicity.
#10: GENTLENESS- The Spiritually Advanced act with GENTLENESS
In the words of the Bhagavad-Gita (in "Manifesting of the One and Manifold") , "I praise, and serve, and seek Thee, asking grace: as father to a son, as friend to friend, as one who loves to his lover, turn Thy face in gentleness on me!" Gentleness does not mean weakness: it does means allowing other people to be who they are, what they are, and where they are with complete reverence and respect. For on our journey home we have been or will be all things. So the spiritually advanced cease to cherish opinions or to take sides, and instead recognize that we are all one, all Divine sparks of God on our journey home.
#11: GRATITUDE - The Spiritually Advanced are always GRATEFUL
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Native American Elder, said "I want to know if you can live with failure and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of a full moon 'YES, I am grateful for this gift!'". The attitude of gratitude puts the spiritually advanced into a constant state of expectancy and hope. It is this state of simple gratitude that unleashes the awesome, unlimited forces of universal manifestation into their reality. This brings the spiritually advanced into greater states of harmony as they realize that problems come to them bearing gifts in their hands and that each failure will bring them one step closer to success.
#12: BALANCE - The Spiritually Advanced maintain BALANCE in living
In the words of the Bible ("Old Testament Ecclesiastes 3:1") "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven". The spiritually advanced trust in the process and flow of life and have learned how to operate successfully within its' cycles. They are centered and whole. They are responsible enough work when it is time to work. They are open enough to play when it is time to play. They honor themselves enough to rest when it is time to rest. They temper discipline with flexibility: always finding the time and the space for everything and everyone that is important to them in life.
I invite anyone who reads this list to challenge it by improving upon it. The universe is in a constant state of unfolding creation and we all have our part to play. It just becomes easier to play our part when we know what the best parts are and how to play them. I hope this will be of use to you on your journey home.
Credits: from channeled information.
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