Gate 11 - Spiritual Zeal

Path 11 of the Tree of Life

Intelligence - Fiery or Scintillating

Name - Ox

Crystal - Sunstone

Dictionary Meaning:- Spiritual - Pertaining to or consisting of spirit or non physical being. ~ Zeal - Ardour for a cause, enthusiastic devotion.

Path 11 flows between the first path, the Crown of Unconditional Love and the second path, which is the Wisdom of Forgiveness. It is the Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence and its spiritual attribute is Spiritual Zeal.  The name of this path is Ox and the element of Air is associated with it.

If you are putting time and effort into your personal ascension process then you all have Spiritual Zeal to some extent. You wouldn't make the sacrifices that you are prepared to make in order to keep learning and to progress unless you had it as your driving force. This is good and positive Spiritual Zeal. As in all things of the third dimensional world, things can be carried too far and Spiritual Zeal that is carried too far becomes fanaticism.  I'm sure that you have all seen it at work behind many of the events of the modern world.

You see the fanatics, particularly religious fanatics, that abound today.  You see the damage that they do to lives and know that is definitely not the kind of Spiritual Zeal that you are interested in.

This is why this path flows between Unconditional Love and Forgiveness for they are the two checks on Spiritual Zeal.

Without those two checks Spiritual Zeal goes out of control like a raging fire, because it is the Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence which can be all consuming.

Perhaps now in your lives you are beginning to realize how all consuming this ascension process is.  Because you have the check of Unconditional Love for others and for yourself and the attribute of Forgiveness, knowing that you must forgive and not hold resentments, then your Spiritual Zeal is in perfect balance and will not be a raging fire that gets out of control.

Just think of the Spiritual Zeal that is not checked by Forgiveness. The Holy Inquisition of days gone by and some of the “excuses” for terrorism today are two examples of Spiritual Zeal gone unchecked by Forgiveness.  Where is the Unconditional Love in the events unfolding in this world today?

I do not want you to spend much time on negative things. When they come to your attention, note them. If you note them then you realize that you have an understanding of what I am talking about, but do not spend your time focusing upon all the negative things that are in this world of yours.

These lessons are not about the negative uses of these intelligences. Focus upon the positive aspects and wherever you come across the negative maybe in some small way you can mitigate it and bring the balance back.

It is to be hoped that by your Spiritual Zeal you can set a shining example for those who know you so that they will come to know what true Spiritual Zeal is when it is controlled and checked by Unconditional Love and Forgiveness.

I think that from now on the Tree of Life will become very alive for you as we add these interconnecting paths and it will provide a world of knowledge that is not necessary for me to give you for you will find it yourself.


  • Think about the times in your life you have been a zealot.  A zealot is someone who is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about something.  You may not have thought of yourself as a zealot and it is an interesting experience to see yourself as such.
  • Identify and write down the emotions and thoughts you had at the time.
  • Would you have done anything, no matter what, for your cause? 
  • Did you have the attributes of Forgiveness and/or Unconditional Love keeping your zealousness in check?
  • It doesn't matter if you didn't because that is the past and it is the now that is important.  What matters is identifying the emotions and thoughts that drove you then and keeping or discarding them according to the rules of your being now.