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They may have to change their behavior a bit if it will make someone else happy or if it will bring them closer to understanding something deeper about themselves, but in general, they are very open-minded about everything. 10) They are benevolent and kind They also extend that kindness to caring for the environment, animals, their own home, and common public spaces. As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says in Hadith 13, there is no room for hassad (envy) or ghibta (jealousy) in the spiritual person: While the concept of authenticity can be difficult to grasp for the average person, the idea is really quite simple. An authentic person does not just go along with what their society or their peers want them to do. Instead, they do what they truly believe in, without making excuses or concessions.

To be penitent, to feel sorry for sin, to shed tears, to even make decisions does not bring in salvation. Confession, decision, and many other religious acts can never be and are not to be construed as new birth. Rational judgment, intelligent understanding, mental acceptance, or the pursuit of the good, the beautiful, and the true are merely soulical activities if the spirit is not reached and stirred.” He is a Mexican author of books popularizing Toltec wisdom. Like so many on this list, he is heavily influenced by the writings of Carlos Castaneda. The Four Agreements has always been and will always be a set of four ancient Toltec teachings which transcend all religious and philosophical doctrines.

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A spiritual man judges himself constantly, because he discovers many things in his life that need to be cleanse A spiritual person knows that it is impossible to be completely pure and that this is not expected of them in the real world. They know that their mind, body and emotions are all flawed, which makes them more understanding towards others as well as towards themselves. They are self-aware of their emotions, of things they need to heal, and they are aware of the fact that their outside world is a reflection of what goes on within. Because of this level of self-awareness, a spiritual person will never point fingers at the outside world.” 11) Injustice and egotism make them genuinely sad They are willing to accept people for who they are and this makes it easier for them to love the world around them and for them to forgive those who have wronged them.

The work of the Spirit is not to tell us what the manual of operation means. That we must determine by a disciplined study of the text. The Spirit inspired these writings and he does not short-circuit them by whispering in our ear what they mean. When we pray for his help, we do not pray that he will spare us the hard work of rigorous reading and reflection. What we pray is that he would make us humble enough to welcome the truth. The work of the Spirit in helping us grasp the meaning of Christ's manual of operation is not to make study unnecessary but to make us radically open to receive what our study turns up, instead of twisting the text to justify our unwillingness to accept it. Being truly spiritual means being humble in the true sense. Not in being shy or ashamed of our power, but in owning our power and connection with the earth. People have been finding and following the teachings of spiritual leaders for as long as the world has been around. We read their books, we hear their words, we choose to believe parts of their messages to formulate our very own spiritual life. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned ( 1 Corinthians 2:14).The renowned Herman Hesse writes about this search for meaning and the authentic spiritual life in his book Narcissus and Goldmund. A spiritual person knows that everything in life is connected to one another and no matter what action they take, they will eventually reap the rewards of this action. Preeminently, contrary to much modern thinking, being spiritual does not mean living on an emotional high!

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