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Where are Your Blindspots on the Spiritual Path?

When it comes to your spiritual growth and relationship with God, do you know where your blindspots are?


We all have them, and it is so important that we are constantly checking for them!


Why?

Because, just like our eye vision vision will always be limited on the road while we are driving, our heart's vision will always be limited on the road as we navigate our way to God. And just like we prioritize checking our blindspots on the road to avoid harm on our path, we should do the same to avoid harms on our spiritual path.


Our heart's ability to see the truth within us and outside of will never be complete and will always be limited. This is why it is important to constantly ask God for guidance and not be so sure of our own sincerity or be comfortable with our level of spirituality and closeness to God.


This path is about continuously doing the inner work of assessing ourselves and purifying our hearts, while trusting God and consistently asking Him for help and guidance. This is the essence of the practice of tazkiyah (purification of the heart) and why it is so important!


Our ability to grow spiritually, to be fulfilled spiritually, to have a heart that is full and nourished by God and His truths, DEPENDS on how we care for our heart. The heart is the most important part of us and the most important tool we have internally to navigate our path to God. And so taking care of it is a priority and should always be a priority until we return to God with a sound and whole heart!


But taking care of our heart isn't just just a spiritual experience. In navigating the relationship between our psychology and our faith for many years, what I have come to truly believe and know is the importance of evaluating our mental and emotional experience as well when it comes to taking care of our hearts!


Taking care of our hearts and prioritizing its health and path to God requires us to evaluate our beliefs, values, past experiences, the quality of our thoughts, our emotions, how we interact with our emotions, and how we navigate our psychological experiences on the spiritual path!


If we do not do this, we will be significantly blinded from seeing the truth within us. This is what leads many people to be stuck on the spiritual path and to be passive and comfortable where they are at with their relationship with God. This is what leads people to feeling unfulfilled and malnourished spiritually. And this is what leads to many of us having minds that are full with knowledge but hearts that are empty and not nourished by the fruits of that knowledge.


And the reality is, no matter how close we think we are to God, no matter how sincere we think our intentions are, no matter how many acts of worship we engage in, or the quantity of good deeds we do, we should never be comfortable with where we are at with our relationship with God. We ALL have blindspots. We all are veiled on some level. And not a single person is fully aware of themselves, for only God has all knowledge and all awareness.


It doesn't matter how knowledgeable we think we are, how aware or intelligent we think we are, or what position we have in our community, society, and world. Being a seeker of God requires a mindset of being a constant student, a constant explorer, and a constant truth seeker.


It requires that we view this path and everything we witness as an opportunity of growth, an opportunity to be unveiled from what we need to know about God, ourselves, and our path back to Him. It requires that we humble ourselves consistently and acknowledge we will always be in need of God, His guidance, His Truths, His Help, and His Power to unveil us from what we need to know! Because at the end of the day, everything we witness goes back to our relationship with God and what He is teaching us so that we return back to Him in the best of states.


And just like being in any relationship, it takes work. Love takes work. Living by God's truth takes work. We cannot claim to love God and prioritize truth and not consistently put in the effort to grow that love and improve that relationship. If it is a priority, inner work becomes a priority as well and checking our blindspots should be a consistent and important practice on our spiritual path.


But we need God's help to see our blindspots, and if we want God to show us our blindspots and to unveil us from the truths we need to know, we have to take steps towards Him, put in the effort, and show up for what we hope to receive from Him!


To do that, we have to begin turning inward, begin reflecting, and asking the right questions!


So, I leave you with a few questions for your heart to consider:

  • What has been holding you back from fully submitting to God?

  • What has been keeping you from making God, prayer, His Truths, and your relationship with Him a central point of your day, your year, and your life?

  • What are some steps you can take to propel your relationship with God forward to a whole new level this coming year?

I hope this is just the beginning of much unveiling!


May God show us our blindspots and unveil us from what we need to know about Him, ourselves, and our path! May He help us tackle all the barriers that keep us between us and Him and may He make this coming new year a year of much growth and a time in which we unlearn and shed what no longer serves our path to Him.



"Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient."

(Qur'an, 57:16)


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About the Author:


Dr. Marwa Assar is a psychologist, educator, and founder of The H.O.M.E

Institute.  She is dedicated to providing psycho-spiritual education and empowerment through an Islamic psychological lens. Click here to learn more about Dr. Marwa and her work. 

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