There are many individuals, groups and organizations on the planet purporting to be sources of spirituality. There are religions (3000+), churches, congregations, preachers, gurus, schools large and small claiming that they are connected to God and presenting themselves as sources of spirituality. How do we know which are real, which are true sources of spirituality? We cannot depend on what they say; most tell a good story, and most claim to be the “truth”; many of them claim to be the “only truth.” However, only a few are real sources; many have only dead dogmas and beliefs, many are businesses; some are rackets and scams.
How can we know what are true sources of spirituality and what are not? The answer is ancient and simple, contained in the saying, “By their fruits you will know them.” A true, internal connection to Essence always produces visible, external results: the characteristics and behaviors of spirituality we list below. If you note these qualities in a person or a group, you know they have a contact with true spirituality, with Essence. If you don’t observe these qualities in any person or group, you know they do not have contact. They cannot give or teach you what they do not have.
A true source of spirituality has nothing to do with the theology it uses. A true source is anything that connects you, that puts you in communion, with your Essence, with God. True spirituality is any idea or practice that gives you the experience of Essence, of the truth of Who You Are.
Mumbo Jumbo of the Congo, witch doctor of a tribe of aborigines, seated beneath a tree in the jungle, can have a real contact with Essence and be a true source. A worldwide religion with sophisticated theology described in thousands of books, with doctors of philosophy preaching and executing rituals and ceremonies in gilded cathedrals, may not have it. Only the expression of Essence in that person and those under his leadership show whether or not she is a true source of spirituality.
This is so important it bears repeating: No quantity of knowledge, philosophy, theology, doctrines, dogma, sermons, books, bibles — not of all them summed together – can ever give you a true connection or real spiritual development. In fact, feeding the mind is a great danger in spirituality because it will mislead you: “Aha! You have understood; you now know it; you’ve done it; end of the matter;” when really you have achieved nothing.
Knowledge only serves for two things:
How can you know recognize true sources of spirituality? How can you distinguish between the real thing, a real source of spirituality and all deluded and the fakes?
First, understand what spirituality is not:
Your spirituality, and that of others, has nothing to do with:
To detect real spirituality, look for Spirit, for Essence.
Spirituality is the experience and expression of Essence.
The spirituality of any person or group can be measured by observing their degree of expression of the Characteristics of Essence.
The 13 Principal Characteristics of Essence are:
Light, Consciousness, Will-Power-Creator, All-Oneness-Unity, Infinity, Magnificence, Wisdom, Perfection, Beauty, Truth, Love, Peace and Joy.
The Secondary Characteristics of Essence include:
Humility, harmony, responsibility, integrity, security (confidence); freedom, non-attachment, abundance, transparence (acceptation of all without invalidation or negative energy), service, enthusiasm and passion, gratitude, simplicity, serenity, patience, compassion and harmony.
The observable characteristics of spirituality, of Light, of Essence, in a person include:
Examples of how the Characteristics express in daily life:
Your spirituality is your degree of Experience and Expression of Essence, of all these characteristics. Your Enlightenment is your degree of Experience and Expression of Essence, of all these characteristics.
- Experience is how much you perceive and feel Essence, in any and all of Her Characteristics.
- Expression is your behaviors and actions: how much you act in accordance with the Characteristics of Essence including unity, humility, integrity, transparence and love. How do you treat others, animals, plants, the environment?
If you see these qualities in others, then you know that they have a genuine connection with Essence. When you see the opposites; you know that they are far from Essence, still in the Darkside.
The opposites of spirituality, the characteristics of Darkness, include:
egotism, egoism, self-aggrandizement and ostentation, failures of integrity (lies, dishonesty, fraud, breaking word and promises), indifference to harm done, indifference to the needs and suffering of others, irresponsibility, corruption, division and polarization in good<>bad, invalidation and attacks with negative energy, identity politics, conflict, competition, greed, over-accumulation, attachment, hoarding, anger, hate, fear, domination and tyranny, warmongering and war.
Where you see such things, there is no expression of Essence and therefore no spirituality. Where you see them in people and institutions that profess to be spiritual, you are seeing hypocrisy.
You can’t fake or pretend spirituality for long. Who you are will come out of you sooner or later, especially when you’re under pressure. The only way to develop it is by working on yourself. Serious spiritual progress is complicated and requires dedication (if you want to achieve much in this lifetime). Only those who truly, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven,” those who put their spirituality above all else, ever have much results. To achieve good results with minimum TE, you need a teacher and a system. You should evaluate their spirituality to know if they will be effective for you or not.
One crucial thing about spirituality that people do not seem to understand is that
YOUR SPIRITUALITY IS YOUR HAPPINESS.
Compare the characteristics of spirituality, of Essence, with those of Darkness. How does a person feel when experiencing and expressing the Light versus experiencing and expressing Darkness? Spirituality is Essence and Love, and Essence-Love is the only happiness there is.
Values are an expression of spirituality. For example, all politics are the spirituality of that person or group expressing their values. Humanity is not doing well spiritually.
Examples of current, counter-spiritual values on earth include:
The values of spirituality include:
Until we apply the values of Essence, of true spirituality, to the problems of the world; these will not only remain unsolvable, but will worsen.
The big question for each of us is,
“Are we part of the solution, or are we part of the problem?”
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
There are two kinds of leadership: human and spiritual. A human leader is one that has a vision and goals, and organizes people and resources to achieve them. A spiritual leader is one who inspires others by his example and radiation of Essence; who thus reminds them Who They Are and motivates them to seek Essence.
There are many who present themselves as spiritual leaders but are not.
You can identify them by the following characteristics:
As you can see, there are many ways to identify true sources of spirituality. In Essentiality we present you with One path, there are many others. Always listen to your heart, it will guide your way.