“The student is impervious to all influences which would divert him from the goal he has set himself, as long as he can regard it as the right goal. For him, obstacles contain a challenge that impels him to surmount them, but never a reason for giving up. …
“The student suppresses all superfluous criticism of everything that is imperfect, evil and bad, and seeks rather to understand everything that comes under his notice. Even as the sun does not withdraw its light from the bad and evil, so he, to, does not refuse them an intelligent sympathy. … He does not consider the opinions of others merely from his own standpoint, but seeks to put himself into the others position.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Impervious to Influences
To be honest, I think that very few students and adepts reach a stage of development where they are entirely impervious to those influences which would turn him away from the path of spiritual growth. After all, Satan made an attempt to influence Jesus, which indicates it was possible. Satan failed with Jesus, but has succeeded with others.
We live in a time when there are many influences that can pull us off the Path. Satan and his demons are certainly one of the greatest of them. There is also, in this materialistic world, the need to have a job, the need to have a place to live, and so on. Then there are the diseases and other health problems caused in large part by our diet and lifestyle that tends to limit physical activity. Beyond those are the natural forces that control this dimension. Without getting too detailed, there is a force that encourages us to grow and to develop our spiritual self. There is also a force that tends to pull us deeper and deeper into matter.
So we are never truly impervious, but we can get close. We can remind ourselves regularly of our spiritual goals. We can remind ourselves why those goals are important. Also, we can join a spiritual community so that we can protect and encourage each other. Continue reading “Criticism and its Influence on Spiritual Growth”