Spirituality offers you new perspectives, surprises you, and breaks some of the rules.
Three years ago, I heard about aura surgery, spiritual medium(s), and shamans for the first time. And all I could do was laughing and keeping the topics behind me.
The topics just didn’t resonate with me and I didn’t believe they could add any value to my life.
It was too far away from what I thought would be “normal.” I have to admit that I lived a quite “ordinary” life until late 2017.
Severe sickness of my sister and an almost burn-out in my job got me interested in topics like personal development, healing, and alike.
Today, in 2020, I know that I didn’t hear “consciously” enough. The topic “spirituality” comes along if you start your personality-unfolding process.
In my little universe, it is always a wise idea to look at things that first scare you or seem not relevant to you. So who knows if spirituality can help you with some of your issues?
You might want to start with the literature on this field. In the beginning, visiting a healer or medium can be too much for you.
Offering different perspectives
I first started to read entry-level spiritual books. And I followed the advice of a world-class coach:
“Start somewhere, and continue your way.” Marc A. Pletzer
I choose the series “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsh. Some say it represents the bible for the atheists. For me, it was more than that.
As I was born by chance into a religious Christian family, this book was way out of my comfort zone.
Besides, the concepts by Neale Donald Walsh changed my view onto “god,” “believe,” “creation,” and alike.
And together with Osho’s “Freedom: The Courage to Be Yourself (Osho Insights for a New Way of Living),” these two books shattered my old belief systems. You may ask why these books were that powerful, or how they did it.
It is not only that the authors write in a different style. The authors have the magical hand to take you out of your own body while you read. They let you look onto your life, your thoughts, and your actions.
They achieve that you start to question your former approach in a much more intense way. Even stronger than average “help-yourself-books” ever can. At least for me.
It is a difference to talk about an aspect and having the reader understand it, or to create the wish to change within the reader.
You might want to imagine yourself sitting together with your best friend on a swing. This swing sits thousands of miles away from earth in the middle of the universe. You two look down onto the planet.
I bet your “problems” or “issues” seem much smaller, don’t they?
Hence, the “great spiritual leaders” or “writers” achieve something that is not possible with the “common” approach.
They dissociate the reader with their words. And the reader views his former activities or beliefs through a new lens.
And sometimes, you will see much clearer afterward. Or the level of confusion rises to an almost unbearable amount. As you know, the disorder is often the starting point to learn something new.
“You will never do a bad thing if you see more in others than they grant you to see. As there is more — much more. Only their fear hold them back to show you these sides. And when the others feel that you see more in them, they will feel secure, and will be willing to share the aspects that you already saw in them.” (Neale Donald Walsh, Conversations with God Part 1, p. 172)
“Buddha is Buddha, Krishna is Krishna, and you are you. You are by no means less than others. Respect yourself, respect your inner voice, and follow this voice.” (Osho, “Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously”, p. 26)
“Death is a quantum jump from one body, from one form to another form. But death doesn’t mean your end. You were never born, and you will never die. You will always be there.” (Osho, “Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously”, p. 162)
Using a new (or old) language
By dissociating, “great spiritual leaders” achieve the first significant prerequisite — changing the way you think. The next important one is the usage of easy-to-remember stories.
This story-telling is so powerful that you envision yourself being in the situation.
And these developed movies often use common every-day issues or situations. But in your head, theses stories allow a new approach.
If you take a closer look at “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, the text is straightforward to read. Nevertheless, the underlying pictures and beliefs reach specific points in you that you were not aware of.
And “The Alchemist” is, in my view, a masterpiece that develops together with the reader. It means that the book offers you the right advice at any moment in your life. It is one of the few books I recommend reading more than three times over the next ten years!
Back to the more spiritual portfolio of literature — you cannot come around Eckhart Tolle’s work.
His masterpieces are “The Power of Now” & “A New World: Awaking to Your Life’s Purpose.” He uses language in a different and more aware way that I ever thought would be possible.
His view onto vocabulary like “EGO,” “THOUGHTS,” “BELIEVES,” and “I” is on the next level. I urge you to read him as he sheds some enlightenment on a variety of aspects. And I bet you took these aspects as fundamentally given.
After your reading, you can see these aspects entirely differently. Eckhard Tolle is probably the only one on earth that sees himself as being enlightened.
As I have talked to a lot of spiritual beings, no one has ever stated this. They are all on their way. It also applies to Buddhist monks.
Thus, read the books with as much awareness as you can. When you read, you use the brain of the author — this is the beauty and magic of reading!
“It is your aware and immediate presence, that breaks the ego identification with the former construct of pain.” (Eckhart Tolle, A New World: Awaking to Your Life’s Purpose, p. 185)
“Have you ever experienced, done, thought, or felt anything outside the “NOW” or the “PRESENT”? […] Nothing ever happened in the past, it happened NOW. Nothing will ever happen in the future, it will happen in the NOW.” (Eckhard Tolle, The Power of Now, p. 68).
Surprising the audience
A book only gets as good as you apply the advice within. For instance, I love the small task by Eckhart Tolle in “The Power of Now”: Could you do me a favor? Would you please think about the next thought that will come to your mind?
The funny result will be — none — as you cannot think of anything. You achieved a new level of awareness through this exercise. You will not be able to identify your next thought. You lived in the “NOW” as Eckhart Tolle would describe this state.
By these small tricks, the author starts to believe what he reads. And please do not see “trick” as something wrong. The mind loves tricks. Do you want another example?
Two Buddhist monks were walking down a street in heavy rain. When they arrived in a small town, a woman was standing on one side of the road.
She didn’t want her dress to get wet. One monk took her on his shoulder and carried her over to the other side of the road.
The two monks continued their walk. After four hours of silently walking next to each other, one monk asked the helper: Are we allowed to do what you just did?
The answer is brilliant: I don’t know about that. But I stopped carrying the woman four hours ago!
You will find a lot of these brilliant surprising tasks or stories within these books. And it does not only stop there. Sometimes, one sentence alone will keep you thinking about it for years.
You might want to read the next quote in a very aware state of mind.
“According to Dr. Leonard Orr, the human mind behaves as if it would be separated into two halves, one thinker and one demonstrator. […] And it follows solely and exclusively one law: what ever the thinker thinks, will be demonstrated by the demonstrator.” (Robert Anton Wilson, Prometheus Rising, p. 20)
Another strategy of spirituality is to break the rules. Sometimes, this is the primary strategy. Through this spiritual writers, try to reach the audience of help-seekers who crave for advice.
And as I can speak foremost for myself, I needed a big hit! Otherwise, I would not have felt anything while reading real masterpieces.
Fears, sorrows, topics from our jobs, issues with our families, social media, etc. dominate our minds. It often helps if you not only get a small hint but a complete major offensive onto your subconsciousness.
Could you imagine “talking to god” as Neale Donald Walsh did? Or speaking about sexuality, freedom, war, religion, love, purpose as Osho or Robert Anton Wilson did?
They are not afraid to dig deep into topics and come out with striking new views on these. I recommended these books to other people, and my parents haven’t continued to read such literature.
I take this as great feedback! Not that I do respect their opinion, but I asked them why they quit. Their reply way brutally accurate and in unison: “I do not want to change!”
It is often hard to read spiritual texts as they shed light on aspects of your life where you would typically not take a closer look. I invite you to do it; it is rewarding!
If you analyze Michael A. Singer’s “The Surrender Experiment,” you will experience at the first page a certain level of unpleasantness. Admittedly, I expected more than a guy meditating the majority of his early twenties.
And I asked myself — why should I continue to read this? And every time my brain produces such thoughts, I know that there are many potentials to grow.
The book is again a masterpiece! Some background information on Michael A. Singer is maybe crucial at this point.
He is not only a founder of a meditation center but also a founder of the Medical Manager. WebMD, a billion-dollar public company, bought his former company.
Michael A. Singer continued to work for WebMD as executive VP, physician software strategies, and head of research and development. He resigned from WebMD in 2005 and focused on writing.
Spiritual beings do not only come up with great ideas for you. They walk the talk and brake with common beliefs! And Michael A. Singer shows that you can achieve unbelievable things if you surrender yourself to live spiritually.
At some point, you may want to start your journey. And you might want to begin with either the literature mentioned earlier or with these:
- Sergio Barbaren — “The Dolphin”
- Jack Pransky — “Somebody Should Have Told Us!: Simple Truths for Living Well”
- Yuval Noah Harari — “Homo Deus”
No charming quote as I wanted to break my rule!
Spirituality offers many niches, surprises, and other views onto topics. And it grants a variety of answers to different questions. It is worthy enough to give it a try.
It offered me an entirely new perspective. I got more courageous to try out new things, not only by reading books but also by trying out real sessions with spiritual beings.
As it is a new world for many readers, so please take your time, and enjoy the process. Some texts might take longer to read as the authors use a different language.
Keep in mind; you will most likely learn a lot more than you thought you would.
I wish you a wonderful trip through this new field! It is a real experiment.