For several months, I have been experiencing some very deep feelings about my chosen spiritual path. I have mentioned here before that the path that I have chosen is not a traditional one. It is more on the side of new age. I really do not like to consider myself a part of the traditional new age movement either because, unfortunately, the movement has changed so much since the late 19th century and early 20th century. There are lots of well-meaning people within it that are simply not giving out information that is helping to move humanity forward. It also has its share of quacks just as within the traditional religious movement.
Spiritual leaders of the very early new age movement include Helena Von Hahn, better known as Madame Blavatsky. She is known as the mother of the Theosophical Society. Madame Blavatsky was born on August 12, 1831, in what is now known as the Ukraine. Unfortunately, she did not live very long. She passed away in 1891 at the age of 59 during an outbreak of influenza in London, England.
Madame Blavatsky’s magnum opus is a set of books that she wrote called The Secret Doctrine. Other books that Blavatsky authored are Isis Unveiled, The Voice of Silence, and The Key to Theosophy. I have not read any of these books, but I do plan to read The Secret Doctrine. Madame Blavatsky was an extraordinary woman who was deeply interested in ancient wisdom, alchemy and metaphysics. A lot of people thought she was weird. Madame Blavatsky was an imposing figure who also had a “presence’ about her. Blavatsky certainly was controversial. She said that her mentors were two spiritual Masters named El Morya Khan and Koot Hoomi. She is still talked about within the new age movement, and the Theosophical Society is still alive and well.
Some other leaders within the earlier new age movement are Charles F. Haanel, James Allen, Baird T. Spalding, Wallace Wattles, Florence Shovel Shinn, Guy and Edna Ballard, Myrtle Fillmore and Catherine Ponder. When I was in my late twenties I read a set of books by Baird T. Spalding titled Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East. These books were extremely life changing for me, and I have not looked back since.
I have two sets of these books because originally it was 5 volumes. Much later on a 6th volume was added to it. Instead of just buying that 6th volume, I purchased a new set since my first set was showing signs of aging. I read them countless times over the years, and still continue to read them. When I was in my twenties I wanted so much to leave daily life behind and go to India to study with the Masters for the rest of my life. As much as I wanted to do that, I did not have the nerve. I thought about what my family would say, and how would I support myself in India while I was studying.
I have been feeling again lately like I want to just spend my time concentrating on my spiritual path and nothing else. This time around though, I have no desire to leave daily life to do it. Truth be told, I really do love being in the world. It is like a playground to me. To me, true spiritual growth is not retreating from the world. It is being in the world, but not of it, meaning that you enjoy the gifts that the world has for you, but you do not define yourself in those things. Beyond my self I remain I Am. I clearly understand that.
I wish that my paid job could be spending 8 hours a day in spiritual study along my chosen spiritual path, instead of going to work at some corporation. I would return home to enjoy my beautiful and comfortable space each day. I don’t see spiritual growth as rejecting beautiful and abundant living. I do not see how rejecting the world ever did anything for anyone. Mother Theresa rejected the material world. I have much love and appreciation for Mother Theresa, but I do not want to reject the material world and live poor. I want enlightenment and the beauty and abundance that the world offers. To me, poor does not go hand in hand with enlightenment. Making the most of your life does. As long as you always remember where those wonderful things come from, then you are on solid ground. I give all the credit for my beautiful home and anything else that is wonderful in my life to my Higher discerning Intelligence, the Christ Mind.
I would actually like to be more like Madame Blavatsky in the sense that I stay focused on what is important to me and live that truth. No matter what, Madame Blavatsky lived her truth. She was not concerned about what others thought. Living your truth is more important than what others may think of you because at the end of the day it is YOUR life. Just remember to always live in a way of the highest integrity and that you do not do harm to others in the process.
The past year and five months of my life has been surprising, amazing, scary, emotional, and transforming. I am well on my way to becoming what I want to be.