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King of Swords — Spiritual Message of the Day

May 23, 2011

“[our] whole culture is based on the worship of … the rational mind while other levels of knowing, like what we call intuition, have practically become dirty words in our culture.” — Ram Dass, Grist for the Mill

King of Swords -- Tarot of the Masters
There comes a time in our spiritual journey when it is no longer enough to engage in study about this path—to read about it or to hear lectures about it. The books and workshops are great, but they function within our limited rational, analytic mind, not our essential being, our soul. And so at some point we have to start to live and experience the Spiritual path, to do the work. As Ram Dass goes on to say in Grist for the Mill:

“… to have what you seek, you have to go beyond knowing and become it.”

And as Confucius said:

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

Recently I created a list of commitments about how I want to act in support of my spiritual life. Of course I don’t always live up to those commitments, but having them clearly defined reminds me to act in accordance with them, and that helps me move toward them. Here is my list of commitments:

To live with integrity at all times and in all things
To practice meditation daily
To live in the present moment with no regrets or recriminations about the past and no fears or worries about the future
To dwell on the good in other people and in the world instead of on what’s “bad” or “wrong”
To live without complaining
(See my recent blog post about the Temperance card and the Serenity Prayer)
To love everyone as myself and to forgive all
To live a life of generosity and service to others
(Note that in The Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta, Swami Prabhavananda says that although we are to be generous and charitable, “we must do this not as philanthropy or service to mankind, but as service to God out of love for God.”)
To try to see the Divine in everything and everyone, and to turn my thoughts ever toward the Divine

My suggestion to you is to create your own list of commitments about your spiritual practice. Then review that list and recommit to it daily to help you act accordingly. Also, this is an ongoing process so don’t worry if the commitments you listed are “right.” You can reevaluate and adjust them as need be as you continue to study and live this path.
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3 Comments
  1. Thank you for your wonderful suggestion of a list to guide personal commitments. I will endeavour to create mine by this weekend.

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