Just like any other student, I have created mistakes throughout my spiritual journey. Though I choose to see mistakes as learning opportunities, below are some things I’ve learned to not do through my years of meditation and detoxifying weekends and constant efforts to remain on the divine aspect of my life. So these are 6 common mistakes people make on their spiritual journey.
1. Constantly looking for answers externally
When I started meditating regularly, I experienced heightened intuition. Triggered by this, I constantly tried to find signs to guide every decision I made. Making my own dreams coming true while doing meditations and purification process. Actually I was trying to find the answer outside.
In my early days I went from one spiritual teacher to another, trying to find the one who would give me the “answer”. My mind-set paralyzed me from being self-sufficient in determining my own life direction. Lately I found my Master.
You know what finally works? The regular sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath method. Yes, that good old technique. Apparently, our heart always knows the answer but our minds are often too clouded to listen.
2. Thinking I am above those who are “unenlightened”
When I first started on my spiritual journey, I disown those who didn’t meditate. I didn’t like to hang around those who could not keep up in conversations about positive energy, meditations, aura, chakra, healings, purification, law of attraction, etc. I thought of them as unfortunate souls who would never live the fulfilling life the way I was living.
But then I met unspiritual people who are warmer and nicer than many spiritual people I know. They’re happy and contended with their life. They might not consciously choose to walk in the path of love and spirituality, but they are demonstrating every aspect of having it in abundance. Then I figured out that spirituality is not about how much you know about chakras, aura or how cruelty-free your diet is. It’s about how you have incorporated positivity in your life, sometimes even without realizing it.
3. Being attached to your spiritual practice
We must do meditation and other spiritual practices everyday but the lazy me often failed to do so. Then I would feel bad about myself, so I eventually stopped doing it altogether because I didn’t want to be reminded of my failure.
Next time you’re doing your daily meditation, ask yourself, are you doing it out of self-love or out of fear of not doing it?
The key to healthy spiritual practices is doing it to enhance your well-being and spiritual energy for the betterment of others and oneself, not for a sense of accomplishment or to build your self-worth.
So what if I don’t have thirty minutes to spend in silence today? I realize I am still the functional, magnificent creature “I am”. It’s just that when I do spend the thirty minutes focusing on my breath, heart chakra, crown chakra, spiritual cord, etc it even further boosts my already awesome self.
4. Negative thoughts about our spiritual friends
It is a very common thing that we develop hateredness and curse them through our thoughts or sometimes by words because they might be doing good in their spiritual journey and you seems to fail due to your karmic obligations or by any other reason.
But, it is very important to be very careful with what we think and what we say, even without malicious intent. Thinking and saying something negative about others will make it difficult for them to develop. And in that case you are generating way more greater negative karma.
5. Do service, tithing and character building (Purification)
Many of the new spiritual aspirants find it hard to continue with their spiritual practices because of their lack of awareness about service, tithing and character building.
By doing service you thus generate greater karma and help to uplift other souls.
Tithing is to get entitled for what is your purpose in your life and thus to generate good karma and simultaneously get rid of old negative karma.
Character building/ purification is referred as inner purification like the things which is stopping you to develop on your spiritual journey by your thoughts, feelings, words & actions.
6. Thinking of spirituality as a destination, not a journey
During my spiritual journey I had met many spiritually enlightened gurus, and none have claimed that they’re done with improving themselves. Actually spirituality is a long, ever-changing journey.
I used to believe that if I were spiritually awakened, no bad things would ever happen to me again. I would never feel sad, only be surrounded by nice people, and from there on life would always feel positive.
I could not be more wrong. Spirituality is not about suppressing or diminishing your darker side. Spirituality is about uplifting your mindfulness to a level where you can always make the conscious choice to do the right things, in spite of what happens and what you’re feeling.
And let me tell you that in the spiritual journey you will come to face many obstacles. Because without obstacles you will never get entitled.
Along the spiritual journey, you will finally accept that you always have options. And that’s my friend’s, is the true meaning of freedom.
“I still have a long way to go, but I’m already so far from where I used to be, and I’m proud of that.”