If spirituality is all about attainment, what is it that we’re trying to attain from spiritual practice?
Some say that compassion is the highest attainment. But, what if you already have the capacity to care and nurture others? Then there are those who say that finding a purpose for your life is the highest attainment. Who’s right and who’s wrong?
Well, in the overall scheme of things they are both right. However, it is important to determine what is right for you.
It all comes down to whether the personality is anima-based or animus-based.
The anima-based personality begins the process of spiritual development with a scattered mind. This makes for a very creative type, but they have a hard time handling the business of this world. Nurturers want to love the whole world all at the same time. They jump from moment to moment putting out fires or finding a new unfortunate to love, never spending time to make any long or even short-range goals. All this work and emotional upheaval is very demoralizing and exhausting. Then you go to the guru or minister and he tells you that you must work harder and give more. It reminds me of the song sung by the mice in Disney’s Cinderella.
Cinderella, Cinderella, night and day it’s Cinderella. Light the fire, cook the breakfast, do the sweeping and the mopping. They always keep her hopping. She’s going round in circles til she’s very very dizzy. Still they holler, “ Keep on working!” Cinderella.
It takes discipline and focus to manage time wisely. Focus begins with goals. Once the discipline to complete the small goals is accomplished, then larger more long-term goals need to be set. As longer range goals are achieved then confidence in the ability to accomplish even bigger projects begins to grow. At the same time, an awareness arises; that in order to accomplish the goals I have set, I must learn to say no and do less. As the focus narrows, it becomes clear what it is that I want to give to the world. My Purpose.
The animus-based personality begins the process of spiritual development with a hardened heart. This makes for a very logical and judicial type, but they have a hard time connecting to people and maintaining relationships. They know what they want and they can find solutions to get there. This type of analysis does not work with relationships. People have emotions and want to be cared about, not owned or analyzed. Scrutiny creates judgments that put up roadblocks and barriers to relationship. The rules of this world or business do not work in the relationship realm. Here is where the spiritual law, ‘Give so that you may receive,” applies. When you give caring, caring comes back to you.
In order for caring to take place, many issues must be shattered. Seeing from the other person’s point of view is essential. In this way, Compassion is born.
Know thy self.
Then the path you take will enhance not only your spiritual experience, but also your life.