Consciousness Awakening · Mindfulness

Addiction to “Getting There” (To That Enlightened Place)

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“I’m going on a spiritual journey!”

“I’m off to find myself… again.”

Ah, yes. I am spiritual. Very spiritual! And I am becoming more spiritual. Soon I will be so damn spiritual that all those sheeple out there will be so far beneath me that I will not even know they exist!

There’s no more guaranteed way to sabotage a spiritual journey than to go on a spiritual journey. Where are you going, exactly? When will you get there? Can you see the problem? In setting up the journey, you are saying that where I am now is not okay. I must arrive somewhere else – only then will I be whole and compete. This here and this now is not good enough. Indeed, I must become more spiritual. Like the Dalai Lama, the Pope, Jesus, or the Buddha. Or maybe I can just be as enlightened as my spiritual teacher. Or this Marcus T Anthony dude. But I am not there yet. But I will be. One day. In the future. But not now. Not here.

Not ever.

The mind loves this spiritual game. It is a guaranteed way to ensure that it never has to release its power over you, for it sets up a perpetual cycle of conditional love. I will be OK when I am truly spiritual, when I get to the top of that mountain.

The key to awakening lies in the deep acceptance of all that you already are.



8 thoughts on “Addiction to “Getting There” (To That Enlightened Place)

  1. Josiah: This is so beautiful. I have been on a spiritual journey since I was very young, but I had a second spiritual awakening of some sort about seven years ago. The primary insight of this awakening was exactly what you said: the deep acceptance of what I am. Thank you for this post.

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      1. Thank you, and I love your blog! I hope you don’t mind but I mentioned you in the “recommended blogs” section of my (slightly satiric, strangely long-winded) Okoto Engima/Mystery award post.

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