Everything is a spiritual lesson even if it is not

leo's picture

Average: 4.5 (15 votes)

Regard everything as if it is a spiritual lesson even if there is no metaphysical entity that orchestrated it with the intention to be a such, even if there is no soul of yours or a guru who scheduled it as part of a supernatural curriculum, even if you may feel that you are just the flesh and blood that was born and will die.

Regard everything as if it is a spiritual lesson not because it is more convenient to see the misfortunes of life as being just lessons, not in order to get rid of the painful, not in order to earn good karma, not in order to excel or get enlightened.

Regard everything as if it is a spiritual lesson for only one simple reason: it is a verified formula to make you truly happier in this very life. This is enough.

Regard everything as if it is a spiritual lesson remembering that in this classroom of life instead of notebooks and pencils, the aiding tools are accept, observe and let go. Instead of reacting out of juvenile obedience or rebellion, act out of presence: whatever happens, good or bad, accept it, observe it and then turn your attention away so that it could go.

george's picture

universal tools for spiritual as well as non-spiritual

Presence, acceptance, observation, meditation are all great tool for spiritual as well non-spiritual people. They do not demand belief in some spiritual dogma or theory as a prerequisite nor prior understanding. They are universal.

george | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 12:53
avi's picture


And they serve as a stairway to spirituality.

avi | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 14:14
madan_gautam's picture

Presence, acceptance, observation, meditation

These are the great tools to see ones ugly face directly.
But one afraid of to see the self reality and goes on defaming others.

madan_gautam | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 17:38
Omkaradatta's picture


Well, stop it, then ;-). Just kidding.


Omkaradatta | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 18:31
nathan's picture

To see beyond the faces

When one truly sees his own face (I wouldn't use the word "ugly" to describe anyone), he will see all faces as they are and more importantly what is beyond the faces.

To see the self, as far as I know, is impossible. How can a subject see itself? And anyway how does this leads specifically to defaming others?

nathan | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 18:36
angel76's picture


Very important. Very well said.

angel76 | Thu, 01/01/2009 - 15:56
nathan's picture

lessons and noticing ego in real time

This attitude proves to be very effective in breaking the identification with stories we are involved in, especially ego fights. When you are immersed in a ego-motivated quarrel (is there a quarrel that is not ego motivated? of course not) and you remember that it is just a lesson taking place, the tension and anger immediately drop. The resentment towards the other participating in the ego fight drops (is there a ego fight without an other who participates? of course not) and a smile appears on your face. You then realize that the subject of the quarrel was marginal in the quarrel and rather the ego was the reason and you see the reason for your active ego: your insecurity. Then you understand that the reason for the ego of the other in the quarrel was the same: his insecurity and you can't be angry with him or have resentment towards him anymore, instead you feel compassion towards him and towards yourself.

Since I read this post I made a magnet with the words "It is all lessons" and put it on my refrigerator. It serves as a reminder for me every morning and it changes my day.

nathan | Thu, 01/08/2009 - 20:44
archana.anchal's picture

Whatever Happens....Happens for a reason

what ever happens in our life has a purpose, incidents along with the way we react to them (our attitude towards them) are the building blocks in creating our personality.....
But whatever personality we have, is that really our true self, isn't our personality is just a mask. Are all of us not hiding our true self behind different masks......isnt it true that all of us are same and one.....
Isn't it true that when we are our true self, we are the happiest, we are in a state of bliss......

So why do we wear these masks, why cant we remove that....

Because our ego dont want to let us do that, because ego knows that it has no importance, because ego knows that once we will attain our true self, ego will loose all its importance........

So what does Ego fears the most......."Loosing importance"

Lets try it then...........lets try not giving our ego any importance, lets just for some time, try n pretend as if there's no Ego....

I dont know whether its even possible or not, but can we just give it a try.......

Best Regards

archana.anchal | Fri, 03/13/2009 - 04:50
Phroggy's picture


If you examine it and see that there is no ego, you won't need to pretend that there is no ego. Look and see that it's a set of definitions about you, but that those definitions don't really point to anything. Ego is a set of thoughts.

Phroggy | Fri, 03/13/2009 - 17:22
solomon's picture

so what?

You can say this about everything and therefore it doesn't say much or contribute much, the same as all neo advaita academic statements.

solomon | Sat, 05/30/2009 - 12:47
Phroggy's picture


It's so easily seen that ego is just a set of definitions, and yet so quickly dismissed and sneered at and labeled with the latest spiritual derrogatory terms. It happens not because the truth of the matter is somehow hidden from view, but because you like your delusions. At least be honest with yourself that you just don't want to know the truth, instead of pretending it can't be seen.

You can't say this about everything. You can't look at your arm and see that it doesn't exist. No examination of a tree is going to reveal that it doesn't exist. But the ego is different. There is nothing at the root of those definitions but thoughts, and you are not choosing the thoughts and you cannot be those thoughts. You have never seriously questioned it and so it becomes an imaginary thing that you then have to deal with.

My neo advaitan academic statement was simply to take a look and see if there is really a person there instead of trying to pretend there isn't while in the firm belief there is, which is insanity upon insanity. There's no need to pretend. Just look and be willing to see.

Phroggy | Sat, 05/30/2009 - 20:47
zoya's picture

life situations and our universal reaction

This approach is important because it saves the problematic dependency on trust and belief in order to develop with life situations which we call "lessons"...

Also it clears the enigma of how to react rightly to life situations: it's less complicated than we tend to think: no hard decisions, no contemplating, no doubts, no headache - there is one universal formula that fits everything: accept & observe & let go...

zoya | Sat, 06/13/2009 - 23:06
barbara's picture


Brilliant piece. In between these who see with a fake confidence everything as an orchestrated lesson and those who see an arbitrary chaos in everything - comes a honest voice who does not try to convince me by force in order to convince himself.

This is the only honest approach I've come across in that matter - no matter if it was planned as a lesson or not, your perspective matters - regard it as such, leave aside the exciting metaphysical aspects that are candies for the mind, and just exploit the opportunity you got in that unofficial lesson - accept and observe it.

barbara | Mon, 12/13/2010 - 08:27
Higiuyama's picture


What are all the different dimensions?

Higiuyama | Thu, 02/18/2016 - 12:20