SPIRITUAL GAMES: “Lusting After Spirituality “
By Craig Junjulas
First Published In Sedona’s June/July 1998 edition of OPEN MIND
Lusting for spirituality can be one of the most insidious forms lust can take on. It is a craving for the benefits, trappings, mannerisms, speech patterns, etc. It is making a goal of spirituality rather than seeking the process of moving toward it from wherever you are. A reasonable formula for spiritual gain is simply accepting yourself exactly where you are in the moment, then exercising your right as a spirit to bring about an upward shift in both energy and consciousness, and enjoying the beautiful colors, the illumination and the enlightenment which results naturally from the process. But faking it, ‘talking the talk’ for the sake of sounding spiritual, cuts the process off to an extent.
Mimicking a Master is one of the many paths toward enlightenment. I do not wish these words to be interpreted as disqualifying these and other equally valid techniques. Practice quiet patience every day and the spirit of patience will infuse you over time. What I am dissecting is the attitude of faking it, wanting others to believe it, and chasing after it out of fear and insecurity.
People who prey on the desperate, fill their coffers from donations made by people afraid of not getting into heaven, or not being one of the 144,000 souls to be plucked up and saved at the “end times”. On a less dramatic scale, wanting to be accepted as a renowned reader or healer by a certain group or community, or wanting your past lives to be important, or your higher self to be vainglorious… are all lesser forms of this lust.
I do fall under criticism because I do not formally meditate before I teach a class or present a lecture. I stand before the group feeling awkward, nervous, insecure, and … well…. very human. This is how most of the participants feel as they prepare to subject themselves to a new presenter. So why not have everyone start out on the same human level and rise together. Sure I would appear to be more spiritual if I used my hypnotic triggers and mantra to flush out my tension, heighten my aura’s frequency, and shift to a channeling modality before entering the room. I would be glowing and radiating peace and tranquility, thereby allowing the teacher to become the point of focus instead of the techniques which can bring everyone into a more spiritual vibration.
Instead, I speak for the first ten minutes about the process I am going through, the techniques I am employing, while opening my aura up and absorbing and transmuting the excess tension of the entire room. After a short while we all have moved up a level on our way to rising into spiritual energies together.
In readings and healings the formula is also simple. If a client truly needs you to bring through a brilliant, effervescent, light… it will shine through you. If not, don’t call to the heavens just for a light show. Turn on a lamp and have a chat. Spirit will guide both the energy and the information the person requires.
The perception that you are not overtly spiritual allows you more latitude to be human, reduces other’s expectations, and leaves you freer to go about the work and quietly commune with the higher realms in a very real way. By not chasing after spirituality, you generally can feel freer to take more risks, make mistakes, and learn from people in all facets of society as spirit gradually elevates you.