Without a doubt, one of the most common and reoccurring traps that you will face on your lifelong spiritual journey, is the trap of a mistaking your intellectual understanding for the actual embodiment and practice of those same understandings.
Take the understanding of unity, for example. It’s one thing to understand that you are One with everyone and everything, but it’s a completely different matter to embody that understanding when someone cuts you off in traffic, when someone calls you a bad name, or when your trauma is triggered and you want to lash out at others around you. That is where the real spiritual work is done, and that is where the real gold of spirituality lies. Because if our spirituality just stays at an intellectual level, there is a sort of dryness – a sort of shallowness to our spirituality. It just becomes another superficial thing the ego is doing to build itself up, but if we can see the wisdom of taking these understandings and actually embodying them in our day-to-day life, then we have a chance for real change, and real transformation.