We are coming upon the dog days of summer. It is a time when it is so hot you just want to get out of the smothering heat as fast as you can. It brings me back to a time when I was filling up my car one very hot summer night. I was in a hurry and inadvertently grabbed the nozzle to the diesel fuel pump. Thank goodness those nozzles are too big to fit into a regular gas tank, otherwise I would have had quite a mess to deal with.
It got me to thinking. My dad went out of his way to teach me the dangers of putting diesel fuel in a gas-powered engine. Diesel fuel is an oil and gas mixture. If this mixture is poured into an engine that is not specially designed to accept this type of fuel, it will fowl the engine and shut it down. The only way to get the engine running again is to do a lengthy and expensive cleaning process that removes all the contaminating substance out of the pistons, fuel lines, and carburetor.
So, what does all this have to do with spirituality? Well, the mystical realm is a bioelectrical field that is governed by the balance of two energies. I have found these two energies in just about every spiritual system that I have studied. Taoists call them yin and yang. Christians call them the bread and the wine. Regardless of what you call them, each spiritual ritual is designed to activate or enhance one or the other of these two energies. The object of any spiritual exercise is to return the spiritual system to a high-functioning balance.
The car in this case is your body. Just as there are two types of car, there are two types of body. One type is like a gas-powered engine and runs on the fiery energies that rise up from the earth. The other type is more like a diesel-powered engine that requires the cooling energies that fall from the sky.
When we initiate or perform spiritual practices that enhance the wrong energy, it puts our spiritual system out of balance. Instead of having a wondrous awakening, we find that we cannot function properly. It’s as if someone has poured diesel fuel into our gas-powered engine. We require much maintenance and care just to function normally because an improper initiation can bring about many physical as well as psychological health problems.
So, if your spiritual practices are not making you a better person who is able to tackle the trials of life, then it might be that you are pouring the wrong fuel into your spiritual energy system. Initiating and enhancing the other energy can easily correct this problem.