“Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘you can’t withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.’ ” ~ Robert Sullivan
You’ve probably seen or heard this term popping up a lot lately. From t-shirts, to celebrities claiming to be one, to your favorite spiritual & personal development authors mentioning it – it seems like the term ‘spiritual gangster’ has truly taken on a life of its own these past few years.
It has been reported, that at least a third (if not more) of the planet is experiencing some sort of awakening and/or ascension symptoms, which means more and more people are taking the time to ask themselves some of the deeper questions regarding their existence.
A wave of higher consciousness is coming over the planet which automatically begets those experiencing it to ponder things such as, their purpose on earth, and why their life is the way it is.
In order to find answers to these questions, many will undoubtedly be led straight into the realms of spirituality, which is perfect, because that’s exactly what the universe wants. The quote, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears,” by Lao Tzu says it all. The universe sits and waits for the seeker to begin its quest, so that he/she may be open to receiving the answers they yearn for.
The modern spiritual seeker is a far cry (in most cases) from what one would have thought of as ‘spiritual’ 40, 50, or 100 years ago. Certainly in those past time periods, what one thought of as spiritual would have been immediately correlated with religion and being religious. Prim, proper, and holy may have been how we would describe a spiritual seeker from our grandparents generation.
As we have evolved in consciousness, and our culture has become immersed in technology, innovative ways of doing things and of thinking, so has our perspective of God/the universe/energy.
The universe has created 7 billion perspectives of itself. The modern man plus an influx of higher consciousness descending upon our earth plane equals a new age of spirituality, a new way of seeing “god” or experiencing oneself as a spiritual seeker.
Hence the “spiritual gangster,” the modern man’s version of the guru, the shaman, the holy-roller, or the peaceful warrior. The spiritual gangster takes the term gangster to a whole new level of maturity and consciousness.
So how do you know if you are one? Keep reading to find out!
Here are 6 signs you are a spiritual gangster:
“I’m just a spiritual gangster doing a life sentence in a human body.” ~ Unknown
1) Your dope-ness is in direct correlation to your kindness
Remember when it was considered cool to be mean? You may have at one time existed on this level of consciousness when you were younger, or if not you at least saw it manifested out in the world of pop-culture.
Fights between rival rappers, rival pop-stars or even just groups of friends who thought it was funny or cute to bully people or put other people down are some of the results of this line of thinking.
The spiritual gangster knows that this is all an act. The more one needs to put others down as a means of making themselves look better only reveals the level of self-esteem in that person. People that feel good and have healthy self-esteem know that making other people look bad only makes them look bad, not the other person.
2) Love is the only weapon with power
Real gangsters use guns, fighting, negative words or knives to fight. Spiritual gangsters use love. Energetically, love is actually the most powerful weapon in the world. It is what heals all emotional blocks, unravels all limiting beliefs and therefore what aligns a person with their innate wholeness and perfection.
For this reason, a spiritual gangster loves themselves therefore they love others. There is no reason to fight with anyone for the spiritual gangster because they know that hate does not drive out hate, only love is able to do that.
3) Your hustle is humble
Gangsters like to talk about their successes, the reasons they are better than others or show who they “are” to others by the cars they drive, the money they flash, or brag about their sexual conquests. Its almost as if everyone knowing about their success is just as important to them as actually being successful.
Whereas, the spiritual gangster knows success and the pursuit of happiness is an intimate experience with one’s own heart. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, nor do they need accolades and appreciation for their accomplishments.
The term gangster became popular in connection with street gangs – those that claimed a certain street or area of town who congregated with others of that same street to rival against other gangs from other areas. They were divisive and segregated, that was kind of their whole point, us vs. them.
The spiritual gangster knows this is ego-mentality, and does not seek to compare and contrast with others but rather connect and expand their squad. To the spiritual gangster, the whole world is invited to join their tribe. In their eyes, we are all one, and what we do to others we also do to our own selves, so why put walls and stipulations around unconditional acceptance?
5) Your strength is measured in vulnerability
The spiritual gangster knows that defense mechanisms such as attacking another, insulting them, or gossiping about them only shows how powerless someone is. This is why spiritual gangsters would never use any of these things as evidence of their strength.
In fact, it is quite the opposite. True strength can only be realized when one has dared to become completely honest with themselves. When one has faced the depths of judgment, insecurity, fear, and unworthiness that they have held on the inside, we can say they have dared to become completely vulnerable.
The end result of a soul who has dared to face their deepest vulnerability and has loved themselves anyway, is a person who is not only healed, but is powerful, courageous and inclined to help others do the same.
While most of the world is out for themselves, trying to see how they can enforce their own agenda on reality in order to get what they want, a spiritual gangster is motivated by service to others.
When one begins to reside in the truth of unconditional love, worthiness, and compassion, it is only natural that they want to help others.
The spiritual gangster sees the divine in others, even those who have yet to see it in themselves and for that reason, they are called to help others in whatever form that may manifest. Spiritual gangsters will never try to convince anyone to believe what they believe, but rather come to embody their message in such a way that others want to be involved in whatever they are doing.
For a spiritual gangster, just being themselves, embodying forgiveness, love and kindness wherever they may go becomes their biggest contribution to an awakening humanity.