Who Are You Without Your Spiritual Story?

By Jeff Foster on Thursday April 12th, 2018

Well? Who Are You?

Please, don’t talk to me about ‘Pure Awareness’ or ‘Dwelling in the Absolute.’
I want to see how you treat your partner,
your kids, your parents, your precious body.

Please, don’t lecture me about ‘the illusion of the separate self’ or how you achieved permanent bliss in just seven days.
I want to feel a genuine warmth radiating from your heart.
I want to hear how well you listen,
take in information that doesn’t fit your personal philosophy.
I want to see how you deal with people who disagree with you.

Don’t tell me how awakened you are, how free you are from ego.
I want to know you beneath the words.
I want to know what you’re like when troubles befall you.
If you can fully allow your pain and not pretend to be invulnerable.
If you can feel your anger yet not step into violence.
If you can grant safe passage to your sorrow yet not be its slave.

Who are you?I want to know YOU. Before ‘the spiritual one.’ Before all the clever words.

If you can feel your shame and not shame others:
If you can fuck up, and admit it.
If you can say ‘sorry’, and really mean it.
If you can be fully human in your glorious divinity.

Don’t talk to me about your spirituality, friend.
I’m really not that interested.

I only want to meet YOU.
Know your precious heart.
Know the beautiful human struggling for the light.

Before ‘the spiritual one’.
Before all the clever words.



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13 Comments on "Who Are You Without Your Spiritual Story?"

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Michelle Frost
Michelle Frost

You just summed up my autobiography. Thank you. <3


so good

Karen Gardner
Karen Gardner

You hit the bullseye! This is what I’ve been trying to express to my husband for years. He is a trained prayer chaplain, and a good one. But in day to day life, he does all the things this article says “don’t. ” Thank you for this eye opener, and tools I can use.

Well this is so on point and sometimes I don’t balance things well yet I’ve acknowledged almost all my flaws nd believe me it’s written down and I go what progress av I made so far and in that process something happens and I snap and the first thing “they” say is People like myself we are too tough like Religiously thats what “they” go for then I go it’s better you uncover the mask am wearing before “they” judge I mean just try to be emphatic. I’m sorry am different and I’m able to respect “them” much more than… Read more »
Amar Sood
Amar Sood

Being true to one self and treating others as equals is the key
A dirty needs to be cleaned more from inside than from outside.

Kari Robertson
Kari Robertson

I love this. Love this 🦋

Helen J
Helen J

This is so well expressed. I’ve met some extraordinarily cruel spiritual people. Tuning into the now does not mean tuning out of humanity.