Even a great spiritual truth may not pierce the armor of self-righteousness.

Self-righteousness—discounting ideas and concepts because I believe that I know all the answers—condemns me to a limited life and everlasting ignorance. The “Don’t try to change my mind with facts, opinions, or your experience” attitude can be blatant or subtle; but the automatic rejection yields the same results. Personal growth requires hearing and trying things that disagree with pre-conceived ideas or long-cherished views.

Some may reject personal, practical spirituality due to a total rejection of religion; others may not believe in spiritual power or are committed to science and the material life; still others, independent and self-reliant to the core, may rebel at any belief in God. Nevertheless, it is an undeniable fact that many have experienced a higher quality life as a direct result of spiritual practices. They have discovered an un-suspected inner reservoir of power, guidance, understanding, and purpose that transcends human resources; then, they have engaged in practices that cement and expand their discovery. But open-mindedness, the willingness to try, to experiment, and to experience is the key to opening the door to this new life.

Prayer: Dear God or whatever is out there and within me, remove any barrier of self-righteousness; make me receptive to that which can improve my life; open my mind, heart and soul to receive the truth that you have for me; guide my motives and thoughts this day. It is my will that your will be done.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence

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