We pay a premium just to get ahead.
There's something so alluring about the idea of being on the fast track. At the airport, when the first and business class passengers are being called to board the plane, the rest from the cattle stall class have a look in our eyes. Sideglancing at those first class-ers, checking them out, and maybe even judging them.
The allure of the fast track in hotels, entertainment centres, clubs, amusement centres, restaurants, and more, promotes an air of importance, superiority and somehow gives us n impression that people on the fast track are better, richer, more attractive.
Wake up, everyone! It is just an illusion, and we know it deep down but somehow still can't help ourselves.
This illusion is not just present in our fast modern-day lives, it is even more insidious in spiritual circles. Where people believe that they are "special" so they can jump the queue and become more enlightened or ascend. Or they have some superpowers that enable them to have a direct telephone line to the ascended ones, ETs, or some supersonic quick fast track techniques that will allow them to heal fast, and clear their shadow frequencies or negative mindset fast.
What if, the fast, quick fix spiritual, bypassing methods are just another way for the mass lower ego consciousness to take us off track? Consider this, seriously.
I've been on the spiritual path for 30 years, and a teacher for slightly more than 20 years. I've been through the loop, back and forth and more. Looking back, every time I jump on the bandwagon for fast growth, it sets me back by another huge cycle. Every single time, I get hit with big lessons forcing me to slow down. And maybe it is just my own numb skull, the first few times, I didn't learn, the allure of the fast track was just so appealing!
When I started to slow down and take the patient way to grow and learn, and take the earthly lessons that came my way, and contemplate and process, work with therapists for years to help me to see my blind spots, yes, it is not as glamourous as an overnight healing process, but I feel the difference and experience the world so differently.
Every now and again, the temptation or the lure of the fast methods find their way into my awareness, and I have to do a double-take, to question, what is this now? Only to see it as it is, that it is simply an attempt to distract me.
The old sages speaking of patience hold so much wisdom. The spiritual or inner transformational path is like boiling water. We can feel like nothing much is happening for a long time at first, but then we will hit a pivoting point where we start to feel there's something happening underneath and with more patience, we hit the perfect boiling point.
And then we start the process all over again, at different levels of growth and development. So in essence, we will hit many boiling points in our lifetime.
Patience, an understated virtue in modern spiritual movements is truly an antidote to many of our spiritual questions. Try it.
©2021 Shamala Tan
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Shamala Tan is an author, spiritual entrepreneur and healer. Her work focuses on transforming the lives of others on the spiritual, emotional, mental and earthly level.
One of her success stories as an author is to being featured alongside New York’s bestsellers Sonia Choquette, Robert Allen, Arielle Ford, Marci Shimoff as well as Christine Kloser in the book Pebbles In The Pond.
Shamala’s clients include small business owners, holistic practitioners as well as those seeking to find more significant meaning and value in life. Shamala offers laser coaching to her clients on a one-to-one basis or in a group environment, offline as well as online.