In order to advance spiritually, we all have to know ourselves.  By that I mean we all have to know where we currently are on that path and what may be slowing down or preventing out spiritual growth.  To do that, we have to do some self analysis on a regular basis and we have to be honest with ourselfs when we do.  
    Usually, the best time to do this is at night just before we go to sleep.  Go over events of the day and how you reacted to them.  Did you behave as the spiritually advanced person you want to be?  Did you respond as Gandhi or St. Francis would have?
    Did you get angry at somebody?  If so, try to figure out why.  Were you impatient?  Were you intolerant of another person for some reason?  Examine your motivation.  Not just the obvious ones, but the real ones behind the obvious one.  Did I get mad at the guy who changed lanes without signaling because it’s unsafe behavior or did I get mad because he failed to acknowledge my importance by showing me the courtesy of signaling?  
    A few days ago, I saw part of a Dr. Phil show and he was talking to a woman who is always getting angry at people for the slightest reason.  Too slow tacking off when the light turns green,  taking too much time in the line at the bank, spending too much time in the bathroom, etc.  Dr. Phil eventually revealed that the primary cause of her behavior went back some twenty years or so when the woman was raped and the rapist got off because the judge felt she wasn’t beat up enough to prove rape.  So now, she has subconsciously decided that she is going to take the offensive role to prevent someone else from hurting her again.
    Now we can’t all go on Dr. Phil and, for most of us, what problems we have are not serious enough to justify seeing a therapist, but we still need to work out those issues for ourselves and try to get rid of them because they do prevent spiritual progress in many cases.


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