Today, in the era of technological development and social media advancement, spirituality has gained a strong popularity. However, it is widely misused as means of achieving financial success, abundance, and power. Hundreds of websites are teaching us on how to become spiritual in order to manifest our ego goals and reach financial prosperity. Indeed, by following spiritual practices many people have gained a lot of money, and continue to do so. But is it truly about this?
This misconception of spiritual “help” is widely advertised in social media. Thousands of seminars and programmes are offered to us on how to USE spirituality for achieving success in this life, but very few people see spirituality as guide for inner harmony and wellbeing of the soul, conscious way of living, and eternal life of our soul.
The history is repeating itself, but people are not learning from the mistakes of their ancestors. Looking back at the times of Jesus or Buddha, who came to prophet spirituality, or at the times of World War II when Adolf Hitler misused the spiritual messages and attempted to “clean the world”, we are again standing on the junction between spirituality as eternal soul harmony or one-life ego success. All spiritual leaders did have their right, but the means of transferring the message to the world did not succeed, because people see the truth through their own eyes, with the shaded and blurred screen of ego blocking the real vision. And this blurred screen of ego doesn’t let us go beyond and see the real picture that the soul is trying to show us.
We see ourselves as individuals who came to this life to achieve certain goals and die. But is it really that way? People moved to urban lives and completely disconnected with the nature, while nature is the only guide who can give us the real lessons. Everything in this life is connected to the powers of nature, and only Humans, who consider themselves as the most intelligent creatures on the planet, are completely misaligned with the nature. This misalignment is causing all the catastrophes and illnesses that humankind is experiencing for thousands of years. We are born perfect; it is in the course of life that we lose our perfectness because the teaching that we receive from our parents, schools, society, social media, and the life itself – enables more and more our egos and disconnects us from our true nature and from our true Self.
Our bodies are such a perfect computers, which are initially “programmed” to follow the cycles of the Universe. Cell regeneration, menstrual cycles, hormonal cycles – is all connected to the cycles of Universe, but we disturb these cycles with the food we eat, with the medicines we take, with the way of life that we lead. If we looked at ourselves as part of the Universe – we would understand the strong connection of human cycles with the cycles of our Planet, Sun, and Moon. Then we would be able to align our bodies with the natural cycles, which are already programmed to be aligned. A simple example is the is the Moon orbiting the Earth in 27,5 days – just as the menstrual cycle of the female body. Moon is the negative / female energy, and the female body follows the Moon cycle. But often due to hormonal disbalances our cycle changes and becomes less or more days – this is misalignment. Another example of misalignment is the food we eat – each fruit or vegetable has “its time” of growing, according to Earth’s cycle around its orbit, which is 365,5 days. The plants naturally grow, blossom, and bring crops according to the Earth’s cycle, and the region where they can grow. But humans managed to interfere even in this – and we can see strawberries being sold all-year round, grown on hormonal additives and sold at expensive prices because a big chemical interference is needed in order to make them grow against their nature. We pay the price to buy these strawberries, without ever thinking how they disbalance our bodies, and misalign us from our natural state of being. Or the ability of plants to grow in certain places and climates is not just a coincidence – plants “know” where they can grow, but humans learned to manipulate even this – by building greenhouses and trying to grow certain plants in man-made conditions, with chemical and hormonal interference, against their natural abilities. Humans created plastic, which is not able to be absorbed by the Earth, thus leading to horrible pollutions, ozone holes, and global warming. Humans created chemical weapons. And we can go on and on for hundreds of pages, describing how our advanced technology is raping our mother Earth.
All this interference in the nature causes huge misalignments in human bodies, resulting that our organism is not able to correctly regenerate its cells, and therefore causing imbalances and dangerous illnesses. Then we use chemical medicine to treat these illnesses, and by doing so, interfere even worse in the natural healing abilities of our organisms, thus killing the natural ability of our cells to heal themselves. By doing so, we get physical sicknesses, like organs failure or cancer, which cause us emotional and mental disbalances, depression, negative perception of life – therefore further destroying our natural ability to heal our bodies. Numerous scientific studies have proved the connection between our mental / emotional health with our physical wellbeing, and it is no longer a myth of how these two are strongly connected.
THIS is what spirituality is about – Body, Mind, Spirit – and not about how to use your spiritual powers to manifest our goals and receive financial abundance, as most of the media is commercially advertising.
Physical and Spiritual “bodies” are the opposites of each other. Spirit has endless powers, but when it gets inside a physical body – when the human is born – the abilities of the soul become limited within the boundaries of the physical body. The stronger the physical body gets – the weaker get the spiritual abilities. And the opposite, the weaker the physical body gets – the higher spiritual we become. When I encountered Anorexia, I lost my appetite and would eat very little once a day, just when I felt that I am going to faint. At this stage, my spiritual awareness got stronger and stronger, without me to realize it, but my body became dangerously weak, reaching the level of 40 kg. My grandmother is almost 80 years old, and she had a very difficult life, she was born in the beginning of World War II, and passed through hunger, hard work in the fields, and now her body is very weak, she can barely walk, although she doesn’t have any dangerous sickness and is not taking any medicine except some vitamins. Her mind is well, she is not suffering from Alzhaimers or any memory loss, but she is often forgetting things that just happened few minutes or few hours ago. She is eating very little, just to survive. My family is worried that she is losing her memory, but the real reason is that she is getting disconnected with the material world, while becoming highly connected with the spiritual world, due to weakening of her body. Another example, is the fasting in Yoga practices, as means of disconnecting the physical needs in order to heighten spiritual awareness.
The important thing here is to realize the balance between the body and the spirit, as we need the physical body in order to live in the dimensions of our physical world. That is why Yoga is addressing three aspects – Body, Mind, Spirit. There needs to be a balance between the Body and the Spirit in order to correctly practice spirituality, and therefore we have Mind – which directs the needs of our Body and our Spirit, in order to achieve the balance between them.
Unfortunately, in our society the direction is primarily given to our physical existence. On every corner there are gyms to teach us how to train our body. And even the Yoga studios are promoting Yoga as means of building a beautiful body, with different branches like Hatha or Aerial yoga commercially promoting it for material means. But does anyone in the western world promote REAL spirituality? Even religions are being used to ABUSE spirituality, by manipulating people “in the name of God”, creating hatred between different religions and initiating wars in order to sell weapons and make money. In the effort of promoting their own religion or race, people have been killing each other for centuries, believing that their prophesy is better than the others. Invasions of Alexander the Great in 4th cent dictatorship of Julius Caesar, Crusades of the Catholic Church, Mongol invasions, Ottoman empire, Hitler’s World War II – and these are just few historical examples to be named. Today we see again the same picture – world-spread war between Christianity and Islam, with high propaganda and political brainwashing from both sides. Through centuries, political leaders are using the unconscious people to gain power and conquer territories.
People came to believe that by killing other nations they would make the life of their nation better. This is a highly misused conception, but unfortunately it does take its roots from spirituality. The only thing that humankind cannot understand is that we cannot make the world a better place through war. The only way to make the world a better place is through love and compassion. And then, those who cannot stay in this better world – will be eliminated but NOT through the means of force killing, but through the means of natural evolution. This may take few years, few hundreds of years, or few thousands of years – it all depends on us. It depends on whether we will see spirituality with the eyes of the ego, or with the eyes of the soul. The next level of our existence is the human with 8 open chakra. Only those who will be able to connect with their soul, and open the 8th chakra will survive the evolution and live through eternity.
When spirituality will be finally seen from the eyes of the soul, rather than the eyes of the ego – only then we will be able to achieve a revolutionary change in our lives. Then the humankind will be able to open all their chakras, and move to the next level of existence – conscious living, conscious dying and conscious birth. This is only possible by practicing REAL spirituality, not the one that media is “selling” to us. The real revolution is not to be done through war, it is meant to be done through love, compassion, and understanding of what we really need rather than what our ego wants. Only by conscious living, and CORRECT spiritual practices – we will be able to discover our higher Self. And people who will discover their higher Self – will be the ones to survive the evolutional movement from an unconscious human to conscious human.
Wars, hunger, slavery, materialism – are all obstacles to achieving this. And therefore, for thousands of years people are merely trying to survive and address their physical needs, rather than discover their spiritual nature. The need for addressing our physical needs doesn’t let us see our spiritual abilities, and therefore for thousands of years we are making rounds, with our souls coming into the body as a baby, trying to survive through life, and then dying without any spiritual “advancement”. And these rounds happen, again and again and again, in the endless cycles of unconscious birth, unconscious life, and unconscious death. Our souls are immortal, but we are trapped in the mortal ego, which is trying to trick us with power, money and jewels. This story is described in the Book of Genesis, Ezekiel 28, but seldom someone would understand the real meaning of it. It is talking about Lucifer, who was the brightest angel of God, and was thrown to Earth. Each one of us is Fallen Angel – we are all angels, fallen to the material Earth, where tangible values are of much higher importance than the spiritual. And we live our lives trying to achieve our materialistic goals, and end up dying in fear and disgrace. It has nothing to do with devil, as we see him in pictures or movies, the devil and the God are both inside us, our ego and our soul.
“The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: " 'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god. 3 Are you wiser than Daniel ? Is no secret hidden from you? 4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. 5 By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud. 6 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: " 'Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, 7 I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor. 8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas. 9 Will you then say, "I am a god," in the presence of those who kill you? You will be but a mortal, not a god, in the hands of those who slay you. 10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of foreigners. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.' "
11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 "Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: " 'You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. 18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.' "
The key of life, which very few people understand, is being able to balance the ego and the soul, and let the Soul rule the ego, just as described in the Cherokee Story below:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
You might heard the story ends like this: The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
In the Cherokee world, however, the story ends this way:
The old Cherokee simply replied, “If you feed them right, they both win.” and the story goes on:
“You see, if I only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for me to become distracted or weak and jump to get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and always fighting the white wolf. But if I acknowledge him, he is happy and the white wolf is happy and we all win. For the black wolf has many qualities – tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strong-willed and great strategic thinking – that I have need of at times and that the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, strength and the ability to recognize what is in the best interest of all.
"You see, son, the white wolf needs the black wolf at his side. To feed only one would starve the other and they will become uncontrollable. To feed and care for both means they will serve you well and do nothing that is not a part of something greater, something good, something of life. Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention. And when there is no battle inside, you can listen to the voices of deeper knowing that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance. Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission in life. A man or a woman who has peace inside has everything. A man or a woman who is pulled apart by the war inside him or her has nothing.
"How you choose to interact with the opposing forces within you will determine your life. Starve one or the other or guide them both.”
It is in our hands to make the world a better place. The ocean is vast, but it is made up of small drops of water. Without each drop – there wouldn’t be the ocean. Each one of us can put an effort to change the world – some smaller, some bigger, but together we can achieve eternal balance and harmony.By Marina Filimianova