Ultimately, each one of us experiences spirituality according to our individual values. In other words, if your highest value is your family and your children, then you’ll feel that your highest calling is to raise a magnificent family. President Kennedy’s mother, Rose, provided an obvious example when she said, “I looked at child rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” Raising her children was her spiritual quest.
Your spiritual quest can be anything based on your higher values. No two people have the exact same values, so no two people have the same idea of what spirituality is. Each soul-mind expresses itself in its singular way. I like to think of it in this way: As the higher energy frequency lowers or descends to the finiteness of humanity, it dualizes into a value system and animates or incarnates into a body. Each physical incarnation and each value system, comprising “positives” and “negatives,” has the imprint of God and the unique expression of an individual.
Whatever you love and dedicate your life to shows you where your spirituality and even your spiritual quest can be found. I can imagine that Donald Trump’s spiritual life might revolve around building giant, first-class structures in New York, Atlantic City, or other major cities across the globe. My own is all about traveling as a teacher, healer, and philosopher, setting foot in every country throughout the world. I feel this is my GOD-ordained gift – the reason I’m here on this planet.
Do you know what your values are? Do you have a sense of your spiritual mission?
If you don’t and I’ve got you thinking, we’re right on track. If you’d like some help discovering your own values, that’s coming up. Meanwhile, let me advise you again to remain aware of what an illusion it is to judge someone else’s values – or even your own – as wrong. It’s not uncommon for someone to react to my description of Trump’s spirituality with some kind of sneer: “That’s not spiritual. That’s just materialism, pride, and greed.” Or you fill in the blank with whatever pejorative word you might use. But please realize that no one’s values are “wrong,” and no one else’s are “right.” (Although everyone at times thinks theirs are “right.”)
This concept seems especially difficult for people where money is concerned – it’s one of the main reasons why I wrote the book How to Make One Hell of a Profit and Still Get to Heaven. In it, I addressed the nature of the spiritual and material, including how many people perceive them as if they were oil and water and never mix. Yet I see no reason these two human driving forces can’t be integrated – they aren’t at odds with each other.
The ancient Egyptians said that spirit without matter is expressionless, and matter without spirit is motionless. The two together make up existence as we know it. When the two are separated, we’re dis-empowered. When they’re united, we have true power – we experience wholeness. Hubert Howe Bancroft, a historian and publisher, once proposed that if we can marry our spiritual drive and our material drive—if we can achieve our spiritual cause and receive material wealth in the process, and in turn use our material wealth for that spiritual cause – then we are the greatest power on the planet. He pointed out that all the people, institutions, and cultures that have left a profound imprint on the world have done so because they’ve integrated these two forces.
This is just to ask again, Where is spirit not? Where is love not? It’s everywhere, in everything, and in everyone.
Ever since I was 17 and had my near-death experience (the accidental strychnine poisoning I mentioned earlier), I’ve felt a desire to understand health, wholeness, well-being, and human potential. So I’ve dedicated my life to that – it’s my spiritual quest. In the second chapter, you also read about my “mission book,” which was inspired by Paul Bragg’s admonition to write down my purpose and objectives, review them constantly, update them regularly, and never throw them away. What began on a scrap of paper many years ago has become a series of large books and a daily reading ritual: Every day I work on it, refining my mission and my dreams. Right now, my mission and dream books include four volumes describing every single thing I’d love to create in my life spiritually, mentally, vocationally, financially, socially, physically, and in my family.
You see, once I realized that if I don’t decide, someone else decides, I made a commitment to put my heart and soul into this creation. If you read what I’ve written there, it would be obvious to you that I’ve poured thousands of hours of work into it. No doubt I’ve spent more time on this than on anything else in my life.
Let me encourage you to use this book to spur you into beginning and evolving your own mission book. You can create a notebook, computer file, or what have you, and you can record your responses to all the questions you read here. Creating this type of document for yourself will not only give you a greater sense of connection with your spiritual purpose, but it will help you clarify it to such an extent that you can see, feel, hear, and taste every aspect of it.
Once your mind is clear and your heart is open, magic happens and the universe seems to lay out a red carpet for you to get where you’re headed. If you’re not sure about your intentions, you probably have to work like hell to get whatever you nebulously imagine you’re after. Know this: Whatever you write down as your spiritual pathway will open doors. Some people may dismiss this, but you’ll never be able to convince me that writing down your dreams isn’t incredibly powerful. That’s because it isn’t just an idea that I like to talk about but never do myself. No! I’ve watched the power of my dreams unfolding as I’ve written about them in my mission book.
And I advocate that you do the same for yourself. This has inspired me, and I’d love to help you live an inspired life of your own in your own unique way. So I ask you again to explore this with depth, seriousness, clarity, and inspiration: What is your spiritual purpose, your cause, your immortal quest? What is your service to the world? What do you want to contribute? What is your hidden spiritual agenda – that is, what do you want in return for your service? Find your spiritual mission – whatever it is! Find out what truly inspires you, and start defining exactly what you’d love in your life.
Excerpt from The Riches Within: Your Seven Secret Treasures by Dr. John. Published by Hay House.
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