One of the most beautiful things about spiritual maturity is that you see the divine in all its guises and you stop arguing about which ones are right.
– Adyashanti, 2017 Mount Madonna Retreat
In a narrow sense, we can take this as Spirit revealing itself to itself as love, wisdom, any and all content of experience, the void everything happens within and as, and so on.
In a slightly wider sense, we see that those expressing awakening realize, notice, and emphasize different aspects of the divine, and use whatever language is available to them through their culture and traditions.
And in an even wider sense, this stopping to arguing which one is right applies to any aspect of life, and is a feature of both spiritual maturity and the ordinary garden variety human maturity.
We get to see that it’s all life playing itself out.
Here are some examples:
Spirit may awaken to itself through some remaining filters of duality, so spirit seems different from (most) content of experience, and the world in general. This is a stepping stone, and with some maturity, we recognize that this is a stepping stone.
Any realization, revelation, and insight is a stepping stone. Awakening continues to open up, clarify, deepen, and find new ways to be expressed through this human life.
Genuine awakenings and revelations may be expressed through a variety of traditions, terminology, and images. Of course, it tends to get mixed up in fantasies and imaginations, and that’s OK too. That’s part of the play.
Any experience is Spirit itself, including those our human self does not like. For me, what I sometimes call the “dark night of the soul” has shown me where I still don’t get this in a more embodied and visceral way.
In short, nothing is wrong. It’s all life living itself out. It’s the play of Spirit. As we continue to realize this, our argument with reality lessens. And life continues to find ways to help us see where we still argue. It’s an ongoing process.
Yes, that seems to be a feature of spiritual maturity, and of ordinary human maturity in general.
We see that it’s all life playing itself out.
When it comes to our human stories about what’s going on, there is some validity in each one. Not in a vague general sense, but in terms of the specific validity of each story.
We also get to learn that any experience in life, including those we would rather not experience from the view of our human self, is also life playing itself out. In a spiritual content, it’s not only an expression of love but it is love. It is Spirit itself.
This is an ongoing and deepening learning. Life will keep showing us where we still don’t get in in a lived and visceral sense. And we get to explore it in many different flavors and from many different perspectives.