A while back I saw a self-rating system for artists. It asked painters to rate themselves on a scale from 1 – 5 for things such as composition, use of color, drawing, and two or three other areas important to a successful painting. The purpose was to clearly identify areas of weakness so an artist could address and improve them.
It occurred to me that this could be helpful in our spiritual life too. Here is a short list of areas that are important to success in our spiritual quest. Rate yourself from 1 – 5 in each area as a way to identify what to work on. You might want to personalize this list by eliminating some items or adding others.
__________ Meditation length
__________ Meditation depth
__________ Regularity of Energization and other techniques
__________ Devotion (active love for God and Gurus)
_________ Practicing the presence of God
_________ Joy level
_________ Aligning your daily life with your spiritual goals
I have purposely left the areas a little fuzzy so that you can define them yourself. After all, this is your spiritual life and this exercise is meant only to help you figure out where you might want to focus your attention.
A final note: There is always the danger, when doing an exercise such as this, of awakening the demon of guilt. Please repeat after me, “Guilt is a waste of time, guilt is a waste of time.”
God is dreaming this life through us and knows we are not yet perfect. We won’t surprise Him if we find that there are things we need to improve. The Masters don’t judge us, although we may project our own self-judgment on them. They are like the sun, always shining light and warmth. If we stay in the dark, they will just keep shining and waiting until we get tired of the shadows.