Originally Posted by Baile
This is wisdom of the highest order and is indeed #1 on the list. Enlightenment is first and foremost a karmic and human-self evolution journey. For every step on the knowledge path, the spiritual seeker must take three steps on the moral self-development path. There are no so shortcuts here. Moral self-development -- understanding the self and soul -- is key to transforming and releasing karma.
Wise words themselves - which raises an even better point. I don't think the 'goal' is to 'reach the spiritual world' at all - but rather to facilitate the spiritual world reaching the physical world.
Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within me;
Opening to my loss and pain and ignorance,
I remember who I am and what I'm here for.
Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.
Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me
and becomes itself transformed
into the blessing it always was.