The person, on the other hand, has a lot of conditions for its happiness. Things have to be in a certain way: “The world must make me happy.” The question Who am I? is answered by a set of characteristics that must be acceptable, and preferably flattering, to the person.
Each person has a different set of conditions for happiness. “I can ONLY be happy if such and such is present in my life.” “I can NEVER be happy if such and such is in my life.”
Sadly, the conditions that the person has set for happiness often remains even after s/he has embarked on a spiritual journey. The person is still in a state of want and s/he still thinks that certain conditions apply for her happiness.
But instead of the world making the person happy s/he has now made it God’s job. S/he starts to bargain: “Dear God, I will do this if you do that.”
When it became clear to me how deviously ignorance infiltrates spirituality I wanted nothing to do with it. Spirituality is the safest haven for ignorance to grow. It can go on undetected after taking on this protective shield, It can continue as usual in the person, now under the perfect camouflage of being “good” and, of course, “right.”
So for me there is no spirituality anymore. I don’t want to encourage ignorance in any way. I don’t want to deal with unnecessary concepts. I want to entertain less concepts and not more. Concepts imprison. The more concepts you entertain the more difficult it is to see beyond them and into the soul.
There is only life anyway. Why complicate? I don’t need anything to meet God.
The world will give you a mixed bag of sweet and bitter. But there is a part of you that is always in peace. (Hint: the I am.) Find that place and stay there as much and as often as you can.
You were given life without any conditions. It was handed to you in blind trust. Now you must show the same blind trust in how you live your life. Trust that the same force that gave you life knows how to take care of you.