One of the ways that awakening deepens and becomes more embodied is through spiritual tests. These trials give you insight into how deeply your realizations are integrated. There will be an opportunity at each stage of awakening to assimilate change, and you will get valuable feedback for your journey. If you stumble, you can immediately course-correct. As you pass life’s lessons, you will strengthen and deepen what you’ve realized.
Let life be your teacher. Life will continuously reflect what you need to see and learn, it will offer you tests to deepen your realizations, and it will provide every opportunity for awakening.
—Walking the Advanced Path by Mu
Spiritual tests come in all forms, some more direct and obvious than others. Your personal life is the sandbox for this experiment, so spiritual tests are unique to each person. Usually, there will be a set up, a particular physical or energetic experience to see how you respond from your new level of perception. In early stages of practice, these tests might be very direct. For example, if you’re working through lower tendencies, like reacting with anger or fear, life may put you in a stressful situation to see if you’ve eliminated or at least gotten control of these lower emotions. More advanced practice might bring more subtle tests. For example, to test your spiritual ego, which often blossoms after initial awakening, you may find yourself inflated by the admiration of others or suddenly chasing a big spiritual problem that “only you” can solve. These more subtle tests frequently happen within your own consciousness or state of mind and can be less obvious to see, especially when you are in the midst of them.
Spiritual tests are an opportunity to practice embodying your new awareness in daily living. They are a practical playing ground for experiencing existence through new and expanded views of perception. These tests are a chance to see how your realizations feel in and through your bodies (physical, energetic, emotional, causal, etc.), and allow you to mature into your awakening.
Most people don’t like tests. When we hear the word “test,” we are reminded of grueling school exams. But spiritual tests are to be cherished, because they help us assimilate awakening and further our journey into expanded and bright fields of awareness.
© 2017 Mu. Mu is the author of three books about the direct path of awakening. Transcending the Advanced Path, a detailed exploration of the shift from realization to full enlightenment, is available on Amazon.com and internationally at Amazon UK, CA, FR and DE. Walking the Advanced Path, a clear guide for how to navigate the pathway to enlightenment with responsibility, awareness, and grace, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon UK, CA, FR and DE. Advanced Path is a collection of lyrical verses about the journey to liberation, available at Amazon.com, and Amazon CA, UK, FR and DE.