Being a spiritualist in this day and age is not always easy.
As a spiritualist, we’re more connected and concerned about the world and about the wellbeing of others. And while that compassion is often a strength, it can be a challenge.
There are times, for instance, when I cannot believe the way people act.
Just yesterday I saw a man about to step on an ant.
I felt sick in my stomach. I ran up to the guy and demanded that he leave the innocent ant alone. The look on this guy’s face told me one thing: he thought I was a freak.
But is it really so freaky to care about the wellbeing of animals?
And just the other week, I was walking past our local church when I saw an apparently gay man having an argument with two other guys. I took the side of the gay man and did my best to make sure he was alright (I’m not exactly a big, muscle-clad guy, so it wasn’t easy). The result was that I was called a “Fag” and shoved aside as the guys stormed off.
It’s not easy being spiritual. But true spiritualists are up for the challenge. True spiritualists know that it’s their responsibility to fight for the wellbeing of all. True spiritualists fight to end evil.
Here are ten everyday evils that spiritual people fight to put a stop to.
1. Spiritual people fight to stop animals from being harmed
Last week I was out for a walk (a Zen walk, more specifically) when I saw a man tugging far too hard on a dog’s lead. The dog’s face bulged and I swear I could feel the pain that dog was going through. I was incensed, and demanded that the guy stop mistreating his dog.
He told me it was none of my business.
The thing is, we spiritualists can’t help but feel the pain of others, whether they’re humans or animals. We have heightened levels of empathy. We see someone harming an animal and we almost don’t have a choice, we have to defend the animal.
2. Spiritual people find ways to fight for their passions
It’s one of the sad facts of life that we can’t all do jobs we’re passionate about. I always feel extremely thankful that I’m able to live as a writer (an occupation I love). But many people aren’t so fortunate.
Truly spiritual people, however, will always find a way to work on their passion. Whether they succeed in making their passion their career, or whether they keep their passion as a hobby, spiritual people will honour their passion and find a way to make it happen. Whether you’re a part-time novelist who works all day at a store to then goes home and spends the night writing, or whether you’re a stay-at home mum who spends all day looking after the family only to then spend hours pursuing your dream to become a top chef, you find a way. That’s what spiritualists do. They make it happen.
3. Spiritual people fight to make others honour themselves
Spiritual people are highly sympathetic of those who have health problems. But at the same time, spiritualists find it repugnant when people intentionally mistreat their own body.
That’s because we spiritualists have a heightened respect for our bodies. We know that the body is a temple, one we must respect. When we see others misusing their body, we feel as though they’re performing a sacrilegious act.
4. Spiritual people are determined to convert haters into lovers
Spiritual people cannot understand why there is so much hate in the world. To the spiritualists, hate is one of the worst forms of ignorance and evil. But truly spiritual people don’t seek to judge others. Instead they seek to help them.
When the truly spiritual person comes across hatred, they make it their personal mission to convert the hate to love.
5. Spiritual people fight for justice and tolerance for all
Whether it’s LGBT, racial, or sexist, spiritual people will fight for the rights of all. The term “Namaste” means “I see the sacred in you”. Spiritual people see the sacred in all. And not only do spiritual people see the sacred in others, they fight to defend that sacredness.
That’s why spiritual people are among the first to stand up and fight for human rights. You’ll find spiritualists in every protest march.
6. Spiritual people can’t understand the lack of gratitude in this day and age
Spiritual people are deeply grateful for their lives. They know that their lives are a sacred gift that has been given to them. That’s why they cannot understand why so many people seem to have no gratitude whatsoever.
I personally love to indulge by talking about all the good points of other people. I love talking to people about all the wonderful and positive things going on in their lives. And more than anything, I love that moment when someone wakes up to precisely how fortunate they are. It’s a special, spiritual moment.
7. Spiritual people find it saddening that so many people fear death
Spiritual people do not fear death. That’s because spiritualists have a personal belief system, a belief system that extends beyond the extent of their lives. They know that death is not the end of it all.
When my father died last year I made it my personal mission to make sure that all our family and friends felt comforted. I was able to do that because I myself felt comforted. I knew my father’s death was not the end, and that knowledge gave me strength. I shared that strength with the family to help get them through.
8. Spiritual people cannot understand why people worship material possessions
Spiritual people don’t care whether you’ve got a fast car, a mansion, or a billion dollars in the bank. Spiritual people never judge anyone on their possessions. And they definitely do not pride themselves on their own possessions.
To the spiritualist a car isn’t a lifestyle statement, it’s a car. Possessions don’t matter. In fact, possessions are barely even worth thinking about. True spiritualist have far more important things on their minds.
9. Spiritual people will do anything to stop people from suffering
Spiritual people care about other people perhaps even more than they care about themselves. That’s why spiritual people take it as their personal responsibility to stop the suffering of others.
When someone’s facing a rough time in their lives, they can always turn to a spiritualist. A spiritualist will receive them with open arms and do their all to make the other person happy.
I know for a fact that if anyone asked me what I’m most proud of in my life, I would say, “The fact that I was there for absolutely everyone who ever needed me”. And honestly, I think being there for other people is perhaps the greatest achievement of all.
10. Spiritual people will challenge you to overcome your ego and vanity
Spiritual people are almost always humble people. They know that they are one small part of a grand universe. They never show off or put themselves on a pedestal.
What’s more, spiritual people like to challenge others to overcome their own egos. They don’t do that in a nasty way. They’re not trying to put anyone down. It’s just that spiritualists know that egos lead to suffering, and as I mentioned above, spiritualists will do anything to end suffering.
True spiritualists fight to put an end to these evils. It’s not always easy. But every day we do our part to make the world just a little bit better. And for that, we should all feel proud.