How to Cultivate Spiritual Strength
Question from a reader:
My answer to this question may surprise you.
“I would like to know how to develop spiritual strength. Is there an easy process we can use to develop it?”
Vulnerability is the key to spiritual strength.
I wrote in my piece on “Coming Out of the Psychic Closet” that our Darwinian society tends to have a backward notion of strength and weakness. Generally speaking, attributes like kindness, empathy, and unconditional love have little value in a culture whose philosophy is is based upon survival of the fittest. Bearing your soul for the world to see–being vulnerable–is not favored. Stoicism, strength in the face of adversity, and cold hard logic are what we value.
The truth is, expressing one’s vulnerability is the epitome of strength and courage. It takes far more strength to overcome your fear to be open and vulnerable than it does to remain closed off, hard and emotionless.
Being vulnerable is the absolute ultimate show of strength, because it requires total surrender of control, and being vulnerable is usually the thing we fear the most.
When we think of fearlessness, we usually conjure up images of great warriors. But warriors ride into battle covered in protective armor, bearing swords and weapons with which to defend themselves.
True fearlessness is walking through the siege unarmed and uncovered.
Being vulnerable means total surrender to who we really are and fully owning our stories without fear of judgement.
Is there an easy process to develop that? No. In fact, I dare say it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do. But when you do, you’ll see that it merely a choice to fully accept yourself.
Here’s a great Ted Talk by Brene Brown on vulnerability:
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