What is the great spiritual trail or test all about? It’s simple. It’s your life. It would be a good idea for you to learn the rules since you are already participating in what some call the great spiritual experiment.
An experiment tests things like ideas, techniques, products, and processes. A test or trial is a way of seeing how something behaves which has not yet been finalized. Laboratory testing is conducted under controlled conditions, whereas field testing is the collection of data from a broader sampling. A test or trial also refers to a demanding and challenging endeavor or situation. This sounds a lot like life.
What’s The Great Spiritual Experiment?
Life is the ultimate virtual experience. It’s a personal quest conducted within a holographic universe to learn life lessons. It is so realistic that most people don’t know what they call reality is, just an elaborate holographic experiment.
Now, since you are already taking part in this crazy experiment, you might as well learn all the rules so you know how to play. Sorry, there’s no backing out now. If you are reading this, you are a part of this crazy spiritual experiment.
“Life is but an endless series of experiments.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Your Life is the Great Spiritual Trial or Test
Nietzsche describes it as viewing life as a series of questions and experiments. At this point, it doesn’t matter if you choose to be a part or not. You are in it anyway. You can worry about it and philosophize about it all you want, but it won’t change the fact you are here. It’s a great opportunity.
“Meaning and morality of One’s life come from within oneself. Healthy, strong individuals seek self-expansion by experimenting and by living dangerously. Life consists of an infinite number of possibilities, and the healthy person explores as many of them as possible. Religions that teach pity, self-contempt, humility, self-restraint, and guilt are incorrect. The good life is ever-changing, challenging, devoid of regret, intense, creative, and risky. — Friedrich Nietzsche
The great spiritual trial or test is being conducted in a random sample of the universe. As participants in the field test, we have a limited line of sight. From our observations within the experiment, we know it comprises ten simple Articles:
It’s a spiritual adventure. Some think the outcome is predetermined, but others believe it is just chance and chaos. The most popular opinion is that it is a bit of both. There are several variables, resources, and lessons in the experiment. You may as well learn the rules of this experiment to get the most out of this adventure.
You may not remember signing up for this crazy spiritual experiment we call life. That’s what makes it fun. You “think” it’s all just an unpredictable mess when you probably signed up for most of the “really freaky” stuff.
If you are a fan of the movie “Forrest Gump,” you understand it is a combination of chaos, uncertainty, planning, and fate. Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you will get.
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump
You receive a biodegradable container, and it is the only one you get for the duration of the experiment. You can’t turn it in for a better one. This container houses your consciousness, and you may like it or not, but you cannot exchange it (see Article One). Unfortunately, the container is programmed to wear out and fail. You just don’t know when.
You are a ghost riding a meat-covered skeleton without a clue of what happens next. It is one of the dilemmas of the great spiritual trial or test which creates the motivation for spiritual exploration.
“We need one another. There’s no reason to judge. People are more fragile than you could possibly imagine.” — Jamie Tworkowski
The expiration date of your container is generally not known. Several factors affect the durability and longevity of your unit. Most units have built-in imperfections. Plus, unforeseen circumstances like accidents and disease can reduce the unit’s life. All these factors cause the unit to fail. (see Article One).
The goal of this adventure isn’t to have fun. Sorry about that. The primary purpose is to learn lessons. There are lots of things to learn and understand. You might get an opportunity like falling in love, for instance. However, some of these lessons are unpleasant, like losing a loved one (see Article One).
But each day of the experiment, you will have opportunities. The great spiritual trial or test will always lead to lessons. Every one of the challenges, trials, and tests is designed for you. You need to figure them out, and there isn’t a cheat sheet available. Every day you are the oldest you’ve ever been, which presents new challenges. The great spiritual experiment is constantly changing.
If you are born into or fall into a religion, that’s part of the lesson you choose. The object of this puzzle is to find your way out. Don’t be upset about this. You probably do not remember that you picked the lessons you wanted to learn before the start of this experiment. (see Article One). A lot of people get stuck here. It takes a certain level of courage and awareness to climb out of religion (See Article Six regarding awareness.)
“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” — William Arthur Ward
To emphasize the importance of lessons, we often get to repeat them. Sometimes this is because you missed the object of the learning opportunity, or perhaps you wanted to emphasize the learning aspect (see Article One).
“There is no shortcut to life. To the end of our days, life is a lesson imperfectly learned.” — Harrison Salisbury
The experiment has several known flaws which will probably never be fixed. Sometimes lessons are repeated for no reason at all.
Plus, “the chaos factor” is also built into this crazy spiritual experiment just to mix things up. It makes things happen randomly to keep things interesting. And, sometimes, lessons are repeated because of the Synchronicity Programming Error. Remember, the great spiritual trial or test is in the experimental phase, so some glitches need to be worked out.
Some people are just addicted to unpleasant experiences. That’s why we like scary movies. You may be attracted to the wrong type of people because they mirror something in you. It’s up to you to figure this stuff out during the experiment.
If you can’t find a lesson, perhaps it’s just a programming error. After all, this is a complex system, and bugs are constantly being discovered and repaired. Did we mention it’s always in Beta release mode?
Many of the decisions you make have unintended consequences. And this experiment is made with constantly changing variables, so there’s no way for you to get it right every time. This provides more opportunities to learn. Isn’t that great?
It’s important to remember the big picture; there are no mistakes. This crazy spiritual experiment is simply a continuing litany of variables that provide lessons (see Articles One, Three, and Four and, of course, the Synchronicity Programming Error).
“I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences. Yet, I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.” — David Maraniss
We know this Article as “the awareness catch.” You must be “aware” to learn and understand the lessons (see Articles One and Four). Lessons and learning opportunities come in a variety of different ways. Some lessons are straightforward and clear, but some are not.
That means if you aren’t aware enough to understand the lesson, you will keep repeating the situation or decision until you finally “wake up.” There is no part of the experiment that does not contain lessons of some sort. You may as well awaken and make the most of this fantastic learning opportunity.
There is no reset button (see Article One). Other situations may look better than where you are. But if, and when, the “there” becomes “here,” you will see another “there” that looks better than “here.” Whether you think you can or think you can’t get “there,” you will be right in either case. (If you don’t understand this Article, see Article Six).
All things and people in the great spiritual experiment are a mirror of your nature. You cannot love or hate something about another thing or person unless it reflects something that exists within you. Some people can help you learn your lessons, and some are distractions. Your fundamental nature is a state of happiness, so you don’t need things to be joyful; all you’ll need to do is to be yourself. Don’t f__k this part up.
It’s a scavenger hunt of sorts. The problem is you don’t know exactly what you are trying to find. You begin with just three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and sleeping. However, there are other states. You need to find and use several tools to help you wake up and become more (and more) “aware.” The more “aware” you are (See Article Six), the greater your understanding of the lessons in the great spiritual trial or test.
All the tools are already on the hard drive of your mind. These are essential tools that are a part of your operating system. These include your intuition and other doors to non-ordinary states of consciousness. Other people may also be available to help you find these doors. Others can walk the path with you, but it’s your path, and the steps you take are yours alone (see Article One).
No one is going to remind you to seek other states of consciousness. If you miss the opportunity to open the door to other states of awareness, you’ll miss more than half of the options available. If you don’t do this, you will automatically reincarnate into the most elemental form of consciousness, and that’s why there are many rocks.
What is the meaning of this crazy spiritual experiment? The meaning of life is in the journey, which is unique for everyone. This meaning is not something bestowed by an imaginary power, nor is it something we can deduce by reason. It is a mystical experience of consciousness. Enjoy the journey.
Who or what is conducting this test? The universe.
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning, and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” — Joseph Campbell
In Conclusion — The Crazy Spiritual Experiment
“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there are contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally. The result is what matters. What one felt was what one experienced. One retires to bed as wearily from having dreamed as from having done hard physical labor. One never lives so intensely as when one has been thinking hard.” — Fernando Pessoa
Look in the mirror and think about it…