Few verses of biblical scripture bestow more comfort than the words in Psalms 121.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.Psalms 121
In other translations/versions, such as the New International Version, verse 3 says “He will not let your foot slip“.
One of the most common questions I have heard over the years from those who question the benefits of walking a spiritual path, is if spirituality is such a good thing, why do spiritual people still have messy life issues like everyone else.
When we read verses like this one, which promises some robust protections, it’s understandable that some might question the veracity of spiritual teachings.
We all experience life in all its wonder – good stuff, and some not-so-good stuff. The assumption that a spiritual practice prevents all negative experiences is flawed and, well,…wrong.
Those walking the spiritual path absolutely experience all the ups and downs that come with living on this planet, but there is a difference in the way they respond to such events, so I’ve decided to create a Top Ten list to explain some basics.
10: People walking a spiritual path understand that there is a Power for Good in the Universe – greater than we are – and know that they can use it.
9: They understand that life is a mirror and will reflect back to them what they think into it and so are impeccable with their thinking and thoughts.
8: They know that some of the most challenging circumstances, situations and people are opportunities to learn. Instead of cursing a negative event or happening, they are very likely to turn inward to seek the Truth that lies at the core of the happening.
7: They know that the more grateful they are for what is right here, right now in their lives – the more they will have to be grateful for down the line. They can ALWAYS find something to be grateful for – no matter what is taking place around them.
6: They understand that spiritual laws are universal and impersonal. Gravity works equally on Nuns and Criminals. Similarly, spiritual law works in our lives whether we are conscious of It or not.
5: They know without a shadow of a doubt that the energy they put out into the world will come back to them. As a result of this knowing (that often comes after some hard lessons), they are quite careful in the way they show up in the world.
4: They comprehend that while many people are spiritual, the lessons are individual. Therefore, spiritual people are highly unlikely to proselytize – regardless of the opportunities that abound. They know that when the student (family, friend) is ready; the teacher will show up for them and they know not to push that timeline.
3: They understand that there need not be any sense of hurry or worry – just a calm, peaceful sense of reality. They allow the Law to work through and express Itself in, their experiences.
2: They believe wholeheartedly that giving opens the way for receiving, and so they give generously and regularly.
1: They accept that whatever it is that they seek, is seeking them. They understand the power of intention to attract into their lives that which they desire.
A spiritual friend of mine once described it as this:
Spiritual people drop their sandwiches on the ground like everyone else; theirs just tend to land jelly-side up more often.
I haven’t done any research to validate the jelly sandwich statistic, but I do know that things in my own life did a 180 when I began to study spirituality in depth and walk a more spiritual path.
And I think that’s the essence of much of the teaching found in wisdom texts like the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dao de Ching and others and taught by enlightened men and women across the centuries.
Spiritual people know that their help indeed comes from spiritual Law (e.g. the Lord in traditional texts); they know that these Laws are constant – that the Power for Good in the Universe does not slumber nor sleep; that they are covered by the grace of their alignment with spiritual Law. They know that the Law can and will preserve them from evil; that It is ever present in their coming and going – from this time forth, and for evermore.
And so it is.
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Quotes derived from the writings of Ernest Holmes, Florence Scovel Shinn, Wayne Dyer, Mary Baker Eddy and others.