IS IT POSSIBLE TO BECOME A SPIRITUAL MASTER IN A DAY?
This posits a bold claim, considering that most people would probably be excited to become spiritually adept by the end of their lifetime. However, the claim is as bold as it is achievable. This is the greatest teaching I gleaned when spending the summer with David Lonebear Sanipass, a Native American Elder of the Mi’kmaq First Nations people. When you discover the simple secret to becoming a spiritual master, it will resonate within you. It will then become your choice whether or not to walk the path of the master.
DAVID LONEBEAR SANIPASS
In my personal search for spiritual mastery, I have meditated and studied with monks in Nepal, read hundreds of spiritual books, spent thousands of dollars on courses, spent months in meditation in remote habitats, and last summer, I completed a 900-part breath sequence intended to code a consciousness upgrade. I share all of this because I have been seeking, exploring, experimenting and striving to understand what spirituality is and how to become a spiritual master myself.
My search for my own mastery and understanding led me to Indigenous Native American Elder, David Lonebear Sanipass of the Mi’kmaq people. David is the most extraordinary person I have ever met and by far the most advanced spiritual master I’ve encountered; his stories are as compelling as they are challenging to comprehend.
When a westerner thinks of a Native American, we tend to think of the Hollywood Indian with feathers and drums. Although David has the ability to tell stories, comes from a family of basket makers, and can build a flute that resonates with a timeless sound, this is only the surface of his being. David spent the first 26 years of his life on the side of a mountain, learning from over 600 international elders about the ancient knowledge of the “Star Teachings.” His history and teachings are over 20,000 years old and are orally passed down to younger generations. Along with Native American tribal history, western and European history, spiritual lessons, and how to live peacefully on the land, David was also taught advanced chemistry, mathematics, engineering, physics, and more. David has additionally spent time with many of the spiritual leaders of the last 50 years, including his holiness the Dalai Lama to which David delivered letters containing the prophecy of the Mi’kmaq people.
The secret teaching isn’t about improving mindset, turning on your third eye, communicating with angels, astral projecting, or anything similar. I am grateful for what I have learned in my pursuits and studies of Zen, meditation, philosophy, and world religions, but becoming a spiritual master in a day does not require any kind of understanding, philosophy, or blessing from a guru; it requires your own freewill, decision, and action.
SEARCHING FOR THE SECRET
In order to ask a question in David’s tribe, one first needs to present it to the council of elders to decide if the question was necessary and adequately contemplated. It can take people a full year to formulate a quality question and be granted an audience with the tribe’s “Sagen” (seer and hearer of spirit). In spending a summer with David and listening to the teachings he shares, I learned that human beings generally ask the same questions. There were times where I had the opportunity to ask him anything I wished, and I realized quite quickly that I, too, was not very good at asking questions. I was looking for that quick secret; the hidden shortcut to all understanding and instant enlightenment, and that hampered my ability to deeply inquire.
You may be surprised to know that I did, in a way, receive the secret for which I was searching. It was not what I thought it was or wanted it to be, but it made perfect sense when I heard it. With the deftness of a Samurai sword, it cut to the core of all spiritual ideas, philosophies, doctrines, and pineal gland activation seen in modern-day new-age thinking. The secret teaching isn’t about improving mindset, turning on your third eye, communicating with angels, astral projecting, or anything similar. I am grateful for what I have learned in my pursuits and studies of Zen, meditation, philosophy, and world religions, but becoming a spiritual master in a day does not require any kind of understanding, philosophy, or blessing from a guru; it requires your own freewill, decision, and action. Regardless of your religion, ideology, philosophy, yogic posture, or logged meditation hours, you get to choose each and every day whether or not you’d like to be a spiritual master.
THE ANCIENT TEACHING REVEALED
For the first time ever, David was asked by his elders to bring the ancient teachings to non-native people. This is the sacred knowledge of the Mi’kmaq people and these teachings have survived genocide to be with us today. The 20,000-year-old teaching taught by the ancients to Mi’kmaq Elder David Sanipass is as follows:
DO THREE KIND ACTIONS IN A DAY. GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO DO THEM AND DON’T TELL ANYONE; DO NOT EXPECT ANYTHING IN RETURN.
Your mind is most likely resisting this and possibly thinking the secret is trivial and simplistic. However, if you take some time to think on this principle, the resonance of its truth will begin to register within you. You will begin to realize that you can be an atheist, Buddhist, Christian, or Yogi, but no matter your mental philosophy, spiritual mastery comes through action. You can meditate on solving the homeless problem, or you can give someone a dollar. You can think about helping an elderly person cross the street, or you can actually do it.
No matter what you believe, you must act to demonstrate mastery. Mother Theresa, for example, was simply a living illustration of the daily decision to act.
The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.
WHEN A TRUTH IS SPOKEN, YOU CAN FEEL IT
For as long as I can remember I have been a martial artist, consciousness explorer, enlightenment seeker, and spiritual student and practitioner. I’ve wanted to know how to ascend my consciousness and oat on a constant cloud of divine perfection. When I began to apply David’s teaching, this did not happen; it probably never will. However, one week after applying it, I had 3 different experiences with what I’ve coined, “Universal Winks.” Something so random and serendipitous happens that it moves beyond chance and you know it’s a wink from the universe saying, “Good job kiddo, you’re on the right track.”
APPLY THE TEACHING TO YOUR LIFE
David has said that many of us are so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. I invite you, the reader, to consider taking on a challenge: for one week, do three acts of kindness per day. Go out of your way to do them and don’t tell anyone. This could be picking up a piece of trash, giving money to a homeless person, writing a kind letter to a friend, keenly listening to somebody, or any other kind gesture. Get someone’s name, that counts, it’s a kind act to recognize and acknowledge another person’s existence.
If you can do this for a week, there is a good chance the universe will give you a wink to let you know you’re on the right track. Becoming a spiritual master in a day requires only one choice: act or stay passive. This is the secret that has traveled 20,000 years to be here and now it’s up to you to live it.
♦ This interview was originally published in Issue 21 of Face the Current Magazine, featured on pages 118-121. Order a print copy or subscribe to print at our SHOP.