Why the Spiritual Journey Feels Different to Beginners, But Isn’t

Daily Meds XIX

There is no difference between the beginning of the spiritual journey and the end. Choosing to live life consciously begins with a step, and the day you die will be the last step you take in this physical body. But the steps are the same; all that changes is the muscle memory in your legs and the strategies which help make the choice easier each day.

If you are deep into your spiritual practice and understand how the ego takes on a secondary self within you, then feel free to give it a name, or an identity, or some distinguishing marker. Do things that are interesting or unique. Greet your ego like an old friend when it shows itself, laughing at its absurdity. Remember that you are allowed to life joyfully each and every moment if you so choose. Have fun with this.

You should understand that contrast (moments of unconsciousness in others, or in yourself) comes prepackaged with life, itself. More importantly, you should know that contrast ultimately serves you; it helps define what it is that you don’t want. Without that understanding, you can never experience the absolute joy of moving towards what you do want, which is why you are here on Earth.

Beginners, of course, should focus more on quieting the mind completely, but this can be fun, too. Avoid anything that gives you unnecessary worry, like overthinking. If you do feel anxious energy, scan your body and find where it resides.

Again, try to have fun with it. Visualize the ego like a growth on some part of you. Physically remove it with your hands as many times a day as you need. Don’t talk to it, but look at it. Smugly laugh at it, for it cannot bear scorn. Don’t blame it for your troubles, as it developed as a way to keep you alive when you were small, when nobody could explain to you how or why they were hurting you.

But now you understand why you hurt, and you feel confident that you can live without hurting anymore. Give the ego a little push away from yourself and retreat into presence as you start your journey. It may never fully leave, and that is okay, as we are a flawed species; but with daily work you can turn an enormous growth into a freckle over time.

Every step on the journey is the same.

Daily Meditations, or Daily Meds, are a collection of quick-hitting thoughts meant to help you focus your own personal meditative practice each morning. Read the Daily Med, but don’t dwell on it too long. Take the feeling into a fifteen minute meditation and see how your outlook slowly improves each day.

*If you’re just getting started on your spiritual journey, or want to better understand some of the terminology we use in Daily Meds, consider picking up The Integrity Method, the backbone of the IFL Club and all of its content.