There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today." So she did and she had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "H-M-M, " she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well," she said, "Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head....
"YEAH!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"
One temptation on the spiritual Journey is we will get attached to getting more and more spiritual experiences. We can grab with a spiritual gluttony that one more spiritual high, like the Path is "All You Can Eat."
Accumulation means, literally, "to pile up." The person of unspiritual mind equates spiritual progress with accumulation. He does not see spiritual materialism is subtle egocentricity.
The spiritual person learns the Way is not of accumulation. Rather, as we move closer into Spirit, subtraction increases, while addition decreases.
This is the paradox! In the mathematics of Spirit, more is less, less is more. If you want it all, you must lose it all.
As we grow into Spirit, less means more freedom. Like the woman in the opening story, being unburdened by what we claim to possess, both of inward experiences and outward things, can be a great relief. This loss gives more room to enjoy what is most important, what is permanent among all the passing fancies that clutter the heart and crowd the mind.
Read and meditate on the following Scripture, Matthew 6.19-21? What might the Spirit be saying to you personally through the wisdom of this Jesus Teaching? If you journal, write your conclusions down in your journal.
19 Donít store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
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