by Lois J. Wetzel, MFA

Are there landmarks or benchmarks along the path to spiritual growth so we can measure our progress? This quote from Deepak Chopra, MD, got me thinking about the epic journey we are all on, and how might we  measure our progress. How can we know or feel if we need to do more of this, less of that, or are we in need of seeing things differently?

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” – Deepak Chopra

I do not know about you, but reading that statement of his lightened up my heart a great deal. I am experiencing many of the things he mentions – and have been for a while it seems. If Vedanta is right and true, and I suspect strongly that it is, we just have to keep our eye on two things to measure our progress. What a relief!


And speaking of spiritual growth and two things, I did a past life reading  for someone who told me all about himself, about other readings he had had from other people and what they said about him (not relevant to me – in fact, distracting) and the fact that he had completed his karma. He wanted a confirmation of that last bit. He did not ask any questions that could be answered by a past life reading, though, only that he wanted to know what the Guardians of the Akashic Records had to tell him. I told him that was a great way to approach the reading, as that is how we often get the best results from the reading.

So I began the reading. The fellow had indeed completed his karma, and this is information that will sometimes show up in the Akashic Records readings I do. I confirmed that, and then did his reading. His email response  to the reading was quite a shock to me. He was upset and angry that these were “just ordinary lifetimes”, and that the recording was not as many minutes long as he deemed necessary, although he got a treasure trove of information that would delight most people, and was of average length. But why the offence at “ordinary lifetimes”? What was he expecting? Most of us have hundreds or even thousands of “ordinary” lifetimes more than we do famous ones. Unlearned lessons from those lives are what is important to us – this is what we learn from knowing about the past: what we still need to work on.

That unexpected response coming from someone who had completed his karma came as a shock to me. I had to stop and ponder the situation closely for a moment, and then it hit me.

I realized that getting all one’s karma balanced, assuming no further negative karma is accrued, does not in any way indicate the level of work one has done on getting the ego trained to take its proper place as the servant, not the master. (It is the Soul that we need to take the leadership role, not the ego.) And he had not completed that work. This was a powerful reminder to me of the importance of doing that work, and that the two are not necessarily related. Many seem to think they have “arrived” when the karma is balanced. But as the old 1930s song says, “It ain’t necessarily so.” Actually, getting the ego under control is far more important, and for me at least, more difficult.

As always, I mention this because if it is either an important reminder or a complete revelation to me, it just might be to a lot of other people. I was grateful for having this important difference made so crystal clear.

Thank you, Tony Trout! (Not his real name. In fact, no identifying information about the client is revealed in this article. This is done to protect his privacy.)