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46. Discover Your Spiritual Lessons Through Exploring The Opposites Of Who You Are
Hi, I am Jonny John.
Spiritual lessons are lessons that can help us grow spiritually.
This includes the process of becoming ever more Accepting, Loving, Compassionate, Happy, Limitless—All spectrums of positivity!
Today, I want to talk about a way to discover those lessons.
And that is through exploring the opposites of who we are!
What you can do is to ask yourself:
"What are my strong traits?"
For instance, what am I good at? what beliefs do I have that I strongly believe in? What are the things that I must have in life?
Then after discovering your strong traits, you can look at its opposite to find the clues to your spiritual lessons!
If you have a strong trait of living in a carefree, improvised way, then you can ask yourself: can I accept a life which is structured and planned?
Whenever you question for the answer, always feel inwards. If inner pain or discomfort is experienced towards that idea, then that may be a sign of a Negative Idea, which basically is an idea that you cannot accept.
If you happen to have a strong trait is to be structured all the time, then you can ask yourself:
"Can I let go of structure and live in a spontaneous way?"
Some more examples—
If your strong trait is being silent, then can you be loud?
If your strong trait is being nice all the time, can you be rude?
If you are religious, then you can ask yourself, can you let go of your religion?
If you really want to be rich, then can you be poor?
Remember that the core of spiritual lessons are lessons which will make us grow to become ever more accepting. So what we cannot accept will be our spiritual lessons.
The undertaking of the spiritual lessons will take us on a journey towards accepting all there is.
Often the strong traits we have are there because of the rejection we have towards the opposite.
For instance, we may like to be loud because we hate being silent.
Not saying that this is the case for every trait, but this can often happen,
And thus, this method of exploring our strong traits can be a gateway to self-discovery.
Often we have strong traits because the opposite of these traits we reject
Not saying that is the case for everyone
But it often happens this way.
So if you do find that you cannot accept the opposite of your strong trait, then to accept it will be your spiritual lesson.
To learn how to accept it, why you cannot accept it is the journey of Self-Knowing.
And on such a journey, one will no doubt face confusion.
Because when we are asked to accept what we cannot accept, the mind will be angry and scoff at such an idea which it had always rejected. Of course it will because that there was a lack of acceptance in the first place!
So you will no doubt encounter a lot of Inner Resistance.
So the idea of accepting something we cannot accept can be unsettling to the mind, a bit weird, a bit unreasonable.
And the mind will fight, and most often, it will win because our current beliefs are the beliefs that we have been living with for a lifetime.
But remember to transform the mind is to go against the mind!
To go against our current beliefs so that they can be refined!
So it's natural if you experience Inner Resistance.
It's natural if you experience confusion.
Just focus on developing Self-Knowing.
Keep on searching for the answers to the questions:
"Why can I not accept myself in those situations?"
"Why can I only accept myself under the condition that I have to have
money, that I have to be spontaneous, that I have to be polite?"
Your mind will begin to fight you with its analysis— issues to do with morals, ethics, cultural values, expectations, blah blah blah...
I won't go into detail on how to approach our spiritual lessons, as the focus here is on discovering them.
But To work through the confusions of the spiritual lessons, realize that the greater work is always done within.
Note: to accept is not about becoming what you cannot accept.
I.e. to accept being poor is not about learning how to become a poor person. It is about accepting oneself, even if one is poor. It is about accepting the opposite of you are at the state of mind.
In realizing this, one will be able to make great progress on the journey of Self-Transformation.
Although a transformative catalyst one can use is to become what you cannot accept to study the mind as to why The Self-Rejection is there. This is a catalyst for the adept because it can be traumatizing!
The practice of meditation will be so ever helpful to you on the journey of transforming the mind because it will help to bring clarity and wisdom into the mind.
I have many free meditation courses that you can take on my website, and it's strongly recommended for one to practice meditation because the journey of Self-Transformation is always full of confusion as one has to work with the darkness within.
And it's good to have a guide.
Use the website as a guide!
So, I have talked about how we can explore the opposite of ourselves to find the aspects of ourselves that we cannot accept— these will be our spiritual lessons.
I want to say also that developing the acceptance towards what we cannot accept will also help to complement the skills that you lack.
What do I mean by this?
For instance, in the past, when I used to write music, I didn't like to have structure.
My belief was that music should always be flowing naturally, so I always wrote music without a key and time signature in mind.
It was after I began to explore the opposite of who I was, I decided to learn about structures and used them to write my music. After learning how to use structures, I found that it actually made my music flow even better! It made the writing process five times faster.
So realize, the spiritual lessons will always take us to accept the opposite of who we are; it doesn't mean to abandon who we were.
For instance, now having accepted both the spontaneous and structured side of myself, I could use both sides whenever I want, whenever I need.
Whereareas in the past when I only had the spontaneous side, it was like I only had one hand to work with; now, I have two hands to work with!
So accepting the opposite allowed me to fill what I lacked.
Again, I want to keep this talk short, so I don't want to go into too much detail about The Self-transformative processes.
I'll just give you a final tip.
A tip that can help you to transform your mind is to begin accepting all those people in your life that are opposite to who you are.
This will help accelerate your progress because to the deeper mind, there is only One Self!
Let me give you an example:
In the past, I had this really cool manager who was pretty relaxed.
He didn't care about structures, so people could take breaks as long as they wanted. So he wasn't angry when people took breaks longer than intended..
One day, he got replaced by a really strict manager. I really hated her for being so strict with everything. It was hard for me to accept her way of micromanaging people, telling people to keep their desks clean, that we have to be back from break right on time, and implementing processes for everything.
Anyways, I tried to accept her for who she was, which took a long time.
And in those years, I began to realize that in the attempt to accept her and love her for who she is, I was actually learning to accept parts of myself that I cannot accept.
From her; I learnt how to apply structures into my life.
From her; I learnt how to accept myself
The more I accepted her, the less I saw her in a negative light, and the more I can accept the idea of having structures in everything I do
I hope this talk has helped you to understand the ways of discovering our spiritual lessons through exploring the opposites of who we are not.
The practice of meditation will help you greatly in this aspect because often, when we encounter something that we reject, our mind can convince us that this is natural and thus validates the rejection.
But through practising meditation, it will allow the mind to become Still, allowing you to step back to observe what is really happening.
Thus, the practice of meditation can help us to see everything from a higher perspective.
With the spiritual eye, when we see a person who is completely opposite to us, all we will see is our reflection.
It is then we will realize that to accept that person is to accept ourselves in totality.
Which will promote greater happiness and fulfilment in life!
-Jonny John Liu‹ ›
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