It’s Thursday….. which means it’s almost Friday! I personally am sad because its normally Shondaland Thursday, but Scandal and Greys Anatomy aired their season finales last week. Booooooo! I’m just wondering if anyone else is just as sad as me that Shondaland is on a break until Fall. Okay, enough television show talk. It’s Thursday, so I will give my thoughts on a spiritual or relationship topic. The subject for today is spiritual friendships.
“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” This quote by Baltasar Gracian holds very true for myself and many others regarding friendship in general. Whether on a religious journey or spiritual journey, spiritual friendships are very important to stay the course of your expedition.
While romance is wonderful, I believe it is also important to have a strong core group of friends that will also be there for you through all of the ups and downs of life. Spiritual friendships are a beautiful thing to discovery when working towards expanding your consciousness and achieving enlightenment. Without them, a spiritual journey can be a very lonely time. Many of your current friends may not understand your path or want any parts of it. When you evolve and engage in your spiritual practices, it is very helpful to have individuals alongside you to cheer you on. They are your accountability partners and make sure that you are holding true to your moral conduct and beliefs. They are also trusted confidants that you can share all of your excitement and advancements with, without judgement.
While it seems that established friendships are common, I have learned throughout my life that finding true friendship is a challenge familiar to most. As Jean de La Fontaine said, “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” Many people are in your life for a reason, season, or lifetime. I have found that spiritual friendships are some of the most consistent and enduring relationships that a person can have. Evolving your soul alongside someone else, even just as friends, formulates a strong connection that cannot be easily fractured or tossed aside.
As Ulysses S Grant said, “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” I think it speaks volumes when a person is there for you not only in your times of happiness, but also in times of your greatest struggle and adversity. The act of simply being present can go a long way in helping someone to move past distress. Knowing that someone cares for you and truly has your back through everything is a comfort like no other.
Some places I would recommend to find like minded and accepting individuals that are also all on a spiritual journey are TheGandenTemple.com and the Tybro Astrologia Group on Facebook. In both places, you will be welcomed with open arms and treated like family. Many individuals in both of these groups have found life-long friendships, and many have become closer to each other than they are to some of their own kin. On a final note, I would say to cherish your true friends, for they are one of life’s greatest blessings.