Detachment from Matter Key to Spiritual Growth

“Many a mystic has found the perfection of detachment to be consistent with a far less drastic renunciation of things. … The test, as we have seen, does not lie in the nature of the things retained, but in the reaction which they stimulate in the self. ‘Absolute poverty is thine,’ says Tauler, ‘when thou canst not remember whether anybody has ever owed thee or been indebted to thee for anything. …’ . Poverty, in this sense, may be consistent with the habitual and automatic use of luxuries which the abstracted self never even perceives.

“Thus we are told that St. Bernard was reproached by his enemies with the inconsistency of preaching evangelical poverty while making his journeys … on a magnificent mule left to him by the Cluniac monks.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Perfection of Detachment

The first thing we have to realize is that perfection is not going to happen while we are in the material world and in a material body. That doesn’t mean we should give up and not even try. The closer we get to spiritual perfection now, the better off we are.

Renunciation of Things

Detachment doesn’t mean we can’t have things, we just shouldn’t get attached to them. For some people, that just isn’t possible. They will get attached to things if they have them. Those people should rid themselves of unnecessary material possessions if they wish to grow spiritually. If spiritual growth doesn’t matter to you, then go ahead and get attached. Then when the powers of Nature and darkness take those things away from you, you will suffer greatly from the loss.

We are seeing examples of this on the news with reporters interviewing people who have lost homes and property to the California wildfires. The person who is not attached will say that t least they escaped alive and well. The attached person is weeping that they have lost everything. Even just on a material level, which of those two people do you think will recover and get on with their life the soonest? Continue reading “Detachment from Matter Key to Spiritual Growth”

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Way of Righteousness Delivers from Darkness

“Let us therefore prepare ourselves to travel to the Lord with an undivided will and purpose. … Let us sever ourselves altogether from the love of the world,and attach our souls to Him only, and keep in mind Him only as our business and care and quest. If we have to be somewhat busied also in body, with the business laid upon us, … let not the mind be parted from the love and quest and longing after the Lord; so that striving in such a mind, and journeying along the way of righteousness with an upright intention, and always taking heed to ourselves, we may obtain the promise of His Spirit, and may through grace be delivered from the perdition of the darkness of the passions.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

Way of Righteousness

What exactly constitutes the way of righteousness is a matter of great debate among churches, mystics, and philosophers. It shouldn’t be, but it is. That is because most people speaking on the subject are doing so based on something they were told, or something they read, rather than on personal experience. Only one who has truly walked the way of righteousness and knows what it takes can actually answer the question. For those who have actually walked the way, the descriptions vary little. They may use different words because language simply doesn’t describe the spiritual very well, but the story is similar.


The only way to completely sever ourselves from the world of matter is to leave it, to die. That isn’t necessary (phew!). You can live in this world, you can own material goods, as long as you can remain detached from them. This isn’t an easy thing to do,but if you are destined for a spiritual life, you have probably already found that a life of materialism is not fulfilling. But if you have to wash your car when it gets the littlest bit of dirt on it, or wear your lucky shirt whenever you play a game, you may still need to work on that detachment.

The problem is like the old “Don’t think about an elephant” trick. As soon as someone says that, you immediately think of an elephant. So don’t think about detaching your connections to certain objects. Instead, become totally attached to the spiritual, your spiritual growth, and the needs of your soul. You will then be on the Way of Righteousness. Continue reading “Way of Righteousness Delivers from Darkness”


Souls in a World of Matter

“Before the soul can see, the Harmony within must be attained, and fleshly eyes be rendered blind to all illusion. Before the soul can hear, the image (man) has to become as deaf to roarings as to whispers, to cries of bellowing elephants as to the silvery buzzing of the golden fire-fly. Before the soul can comprehend and may remember, she must unto the Silent Speaker be united just as the form to which the clay is modeled, is first united with the potter’s mind. For then the soul will hear, and will remember. And then to the inner ear will speak the Voice of Silence.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Yoga МeditationOf course the soul does not have eyes or ears so this is obviously allegory, but quite true. When you concentrate on using the physical eyes to see your way through the world of matter, you do not see anything that is spiritual. When your ears are constantly bombarded with the sounds of a world of matter and materialism, there is no room for hearing the whispers of the spirits.

It is not really accurate to say that the soul cannot comprehend the spiritual when we are too busy being material beings. The awakened soul, or at least the Divine Soul rather than the mundane soul of the body and mind, always comprehends the spiritual. The problem is that it isn’t awake in most of us but is in a state like a deep coma or hibernation. Before it can remember the spiritual and it’s connection to that world, it must be awakened. Sadly, many of the popular churches of this day do little, if anything, to help make that happen or to instruct the person on how to do it himself. Sometimes the music and incense used in those churches can help awaken the soul, but it is more of a happy accident than a deliberate act since the churches have forgotten the purpose of such things. Fortunately, there are spiritual schools in the world that can help one awaken the spirit and soul and develop those spiritual faculties to their fullest. Continue reading “Souls in a World of Matter”