How you define spirituality has impacted your experience and your relationship with living life .
On a very fundamental level we can define spirituality as everything that deals with matters of our spirit (or our soul). Each and every one of us have an aspect of ourselves that is invisible but still very real. In fact this invisible part of ourselves is the very essence of our lives and spirituality is about being connected with this spiritual part while being in the physical world.
We have spiritual experiences all the time. Spirituality is not just about recognizing mystery unseen, but consciously seeking to develop a greater sensitivity to the spiritual mysteries contained in life. It’s about noticing a tiny spark that’s inside and nurturing that divine seed. Unseen energy is grounded in the very ‘laws’ that govern all of life and the physical world.
Everything in the physical world emanates from an invisible source.
So often we try and change our physical circumstances by ‘moving things around’ in the physical world. The transforming truth about spirituality is that repairing our discomfort and disconnect lie inside. The outer world flows from the inner world. When you are connected to your own spirituality you are connected to the very source of everything in the world. You uplift your world by first transforming and uplifting your own inner world and your inner vision.
So above so below.
The greatest challenge is that many people define spirituality by religious connotations and religion is almost exclusively based on outward experience and conforming to someone else’s rules. Spirituality is not so much about fitting in to a system, but more about unique and surprising experiences. It is deeply personal and something you define as extra-ordinary and often very hard to fully express in words.
Since the seed of divinity is already inside you (it is the essence of life), hearing the right words may trigger awakening to a higher level of consciousness. This is consciousness that transcends the physical world and your ordinary sensory perceptions of life. From this point of view religion can be a useful tool to find your own spiritual center, but religion without spirituality can be very empty and most often it becomes an emotional experience rather than a spiritual one.
For the most part religion is riddled with superstition, rules and dogma.
The rules and dogmas which the organized church defends and preserves are one thing and personal experience of God is quite another. The established Church is a bit like wearing someone else’s shoes – if it is the right size it feels uncomfortable, if you wear them enough eventually they become your own.
But, don’t stop there. Shoes are not you they are a tool to protect your feet when the environment is rough or cold.
One of the most powerful and useful ways to define spirituality for yourself is to recognize and nurture that divine spark deep within. As you grow in your understanding of this spiritual dimension you will see others more clearly. Ultimately spirituality is about enriching your experience of life and to see a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life. Regardless of how you define spirituality, it is that still silent voice. It is your spirit and it is your constant companion on life’s journey. It is your own personal connection to the higher intelligence that’s present in all of life.
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