Why Trying To Be The Most Spiritual Is BS

You learn we’re all the same anyway, so what’s the point?

J. Marshall

So why is trying to be the most spiritual person bullshit? Well, this answer should be obvious to most people. At least I would think so. It’s because becoming more spiritual isn’t about competing with someone else, but about becoming the best version of you that you can. Now spirituality is about metaphysics and metaphysics is about energy. Hell, it’s all energy!

The point of becoming a spiritual person is purifying your energy, working on yourself to such an extent that whether someone else is more spiritual than you or not is not an issue. Plus, if you’re trying to be the ‘most spiritual person’ all that serves as evidence of is that your ego has too much say on the subject. It also shows that you have a lot of work to do. I can’t deny that I’ve fallen victim — and still do — to thoughts like this. Thoughts like wanting to be the most spiritual person because hey, being spiritual — truly spiritual — is a badass thing. It’s not a road that many people take and it obviously can give a person a certain feel about themselves when they are able to think of themselves as a ‘spiritual person’.

But that’s not what it’s about. It’s not about being labeled something. It’s honestly about quite the opposite. It’s about getting beyond labels, about getting to the point where you don’t give a shit about what anyone thinks or what the spiritual status of anyone is. It’s actually about becoming more aware of the connectedness with you and the same spiritual people you’re competing with. About getting a better sense of the oneness within you and them.

Spirituality isn’t a contest. It’s not even about contrasting yourself because you’re supposed to be seeing — feeling — the sameness with you and all living things. Hell, I try so hard to stay away from my spiritual pursuit being a competition or way to distinguish myself that only a couple of people in my life even know the inner work that I do on myself. Plus, I didn’t even want to start writing pieces about spirituality on Medium because I didn’t want to do the same thing that so many other people seem to be doing. But I realized a couple of things. First: I’ve spent a lot of my life writing so there is a usefulness in communicating my experience because there is clarity and weight that my words can bring as opposed to the spiritual/not-writing person which I don’t think I can ignore. Plus, I’m enthusiastic as hell about writing each of these pieces. Far more enthusiastic than when I write anything else, which is something else that’s impossible for me not to notice.

So fuck it, I figure I should go ham. But I don’t want to just talk about this pursuit of spirituality. No, I want to continue to expand my consciousness, I want to continue to progress, and in turn become a happier, more whole person who also has a better story to tell. Writing about spirituality on Medium from a perspective of a person that meditates daily, goes on solo meditation retreats, and only plans to delve deeper into the work in the future certainly has some value. I believe my words can offer a lot to people and to be honest, my words do a lot for me as well, so why not take advantage?

A person should only want to pursue spirituality to develop themselves and have a positive impact on others. Not for competition. Not for money. But hey, if you get paid as a result of your spiritual work, there’s nothing wrong with that. Anyway, I’m gone.

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