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“Something should remind us once more that the great things in this universe are things that we never see. You walk out at night and look up at the beautiful stars as they bedeck the heavens like swinging lanterns of eternity and you think you can see all. Oh, no. You can never see the law of gravitation that holds them there.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. ~
Writing about spirituality can be sensitive.
By not writing about it, I would deny each of you access to questions and thoughts that can help you truly fulfill your purpose in life.
I am not talking about the politically correct, watered-down version of spirituality that typically refers to our core values; I mean the foundational beliefs on which our lives exist and function.
The objective of this article is to expand your thinking about spirituality. All I ask is that you be open to my comments with an investigative and inquisitive mindset. In the end, you will make your own personal choices.
Finding true purpose in your life means going on a personal quest to find answers to the following questions.
- Are human beings spiritual? How can I know?
- If we are spiritual, what does that really mean? What is the truth on this subject?
- How can I tell spiritual truth from falsehood?
- What is going on here in this universe?
- What is true, real, false, unreal, good, and bad?
- How can I validate what is true? What criteria are reliable?
- What is the origin, source, and purpose of life?
- What is at the foundations of life?
- Why does life exist? My life?
- How should I conduct my life and how should I love?
- Should I even concern myself with these types of questions?
- How do I know my life has meaning?
- All assumptions currently held by mankind on spirituality cannot all be true. This means that some people in the area of spirituality still believe the world is flat, even though there is evidence to the contrary.
- Natural laws and truth apply equally to spirituality as they do to the rest of our lives. That means we don’t create spiritual laws; we discover what is already true.
- The law of duality applies to spirituality as is does to all other conditions for mankind. You cannot have light without darkness, push without pull, high without low, fast without slow, or good without evil.
- That spiritual truth is different than—and should not be confused with—the way individuals wish to express and live their spirituality.
Our lives operate under natural laws and truths; regardless of your opinions about these laws, the laws themselves do not change. One example is gravity. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean gravity doesn’t exist. And when people believed the world was flat, their collective opinion did not make it so.
This principle of natural laws and truth equally applies to spirituality, spiritual truth, or spiritual law. The focus should be on discovering spiritual truth, not creating it.
One rule we need to embrace is that all individuals should be respected as they go through their spiritual search process. Nor should anyone expect his or her journey to occur while reading this article. The journey takes time and personal reflection.
Consider the first question: are human beings spiritual? To answer, we must consider the origins of our existence. We have only two choices: are we all just an accident or are we part of a greater plan created by a spiritual being? So many individuals take our complexity for granted.
Here are two ideas to ponder.
1. If we are an accident, natural laws must apply to the process.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of listening to a brilliant mathematician and scientist who took the time to calculate the implications of the theory of evolution. His presentation documented the fact that it’s mathematically unfeasible for all origins of life to come from a single point, as suggested by some. From his research, he found evolution required genetic mutations and progress of such magnitude, it was simply not possible. In addition, he pointed out that current science revealed that most species that mutate die. (Mutations are required for this theory to be fulfilled.) On the other hand, how can an individual confirm whether he or she is part of a greater plan or spiritual power?
The next thought is profound to this process. I would like you to think about it long after you read this article.
2. We as individuals actually create nothing and discover everything!
Let me explain what I mean by this. All items, inventions, and findings already existed before they were discovered. They were simply found. Advancements of a new cancer treatment, the hydrogen fuel cell, or traveling to Mars are examples of humankind’s realizing its potential—the ability to find it or do it was ALWAYS there. Einstein confirmed this in his equations that show energy is never created or dissipated, but simply shifted into another form.
So where did all this potential come from?
If we are spiritual, truth must also be discovered, not created. After a decade of purpose work, I find that individuals wrestle with their purpose and meaning in life until they can clarify their beliefs about their spirituality. I believe that clarity about your existence is the most important issue you can address and that every other purpose process, personal development system, or learning experience is insignificant by comparison.
I want to leave you with a few final thoughts. Yes, I do personally believe we are not an accident and that we have a specific spiritual heritage, origin, and one God. Those are my beliefs. You must, however, personally discover and confirm your spirituality for yourself. Some of you are clear and confident; others are unsure or indifferent. Regardless, I challenge you to confirm your assumptions and clarify your spiritual beliefs because they affect everything you will do or will become in your life.
Action steps to Discovering the Truth about Your Spirituality
Beliefs Are Your Assumptions about these 9 Points. These are, of course, tough questions. Your beliefs are the foundation cornerstones of everything you think, judge, plan, hope for, and seek to achieve. They form the basis for all moral and ethical decisions. They are the screen through which you filter and interpret your world. Your beliefs also determine your mental attitude to some extent — in terms of your being basically hopeful, neutral, or pessimistic about life.
People say, “attitude shapes belief.” I say the opposite. What you assume to be true causes you to have a certain attitude. Emotions follow from that attitude.
Some people have very clearly defined assumptions about what they believe, but most people are just not clear. Others dismiss the issue as “philosophic fuzzy stuff” that they don’t want to deal with right now. The caution is: be careful how you assume things to be, because for you, that’s how they are right now!
You can continue to clarify your beliefs over time. As you do so, you will discover greater depth of meaning in life and work.
Until next time keep “Living on Purpose,”
Ken Keis – About the Author:
Ken Keis, MBA, CPC, is an internationally known author, speaker, and consultant. In the past 20 years, he has conducted over 2000 presentations including 10,000 hours of coaching and HR consulting. He has published over 400 articles, and designed more than 40 business management, leadership, personal development, wellness or sales processes—authoring 2 million + words of content along the way.
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- You Are A Spiritual Being With A Body (mediumsworld.wordpress.com)
- Our Spiritual Nature (mediumsworld.wordpress.com)
Keeping spirituality alive can sometimes be a hard thing to do. A spiritual person is supposed to think positively, be loving, caring, sharing and optimistic. How does one maintain a high spiritual level when things are just not happening the way you want them to?
Sometimes life gets the best of us and we find ourselves in a not so pleasant state of mind. Stressed out, aggravated, irritated; and finally negativity comes creeping into your life and steals your joy, your patience, your love, your peace of mind, your serentity…the works.
There are times when we become so wrapped up in life’s problems and trials and tribulations that we let life torture us. Sometimes everything goes haywire including relationships not going well and money not flowing as freely as we may want.
You may even find yourself not caring about being spiritual, kind, or anything nice. You take a spiritual fall from grace, so to speak; and you simply feel like wallowing in your misery.
I say take the time to wallow. Even feel sorry for yourself if you need to. Don’t run away from your frustrations. Face them squarely in the face. Analyze your feelings and come to terms with what is taking you to that awful place. Allow yourself to feel and experience whatever emotions that ensnare you.
Take an entire day or even a few days to experience the feelings that have overcome you while realizing that it is a temporary setback. Then pick yourself up and dust yourself off and go about reclaiming your joy.
Search for what kept you spiritually alive in the first place. If you need to meditate, listen to self-help tapes, read self-help literature, study the alignment of the planets in your horoscope, practice yoga, chant, read your tarot cards, get a psychic reading, or pray. Do whatever it takes to get yourself back to the spiritual state you were in.
Because we are not perfect we sometimes experience this fall from grace. Sometimes we can just no longer be the positive person that we would like to be. Therefore, it is important that we learn to harness and implement the triggers that will take us back to a state of bliss. These triggers are different for everyone.
Some of us may simply need to find a quiet place and get in touch with the inner-self. We might need to remove ourselves from a frustrating situation or reset our priorities in some way. Granted, once removed from this spiritual place of solace it may be difficult to get back to that uplifted state. But, get back we must.
You may even need to surrender the situation to a higher power. Whether that higher power is your higher self or the power of God. You know, let go and let God. Sometimes it gets so bad that that doesn’t even help. You can just become down-right spiritually lost.
I have a flip deck of Angel Cards that often bring me solace. When things appear to be just too much for me I flip the Angel Card for that particular day. Most often it helps but when I am in a really bad space, nothing seems to help. Ever been there?
I believe that the Angels speak to us in whispers. When the air is clean they can deliver their messages to us easily. Therefore, my bedroom is filled with 10 various types of plants that cleanse the air so that I can breathe fresh air and receive Angel messages as I meditate or sleep.
I also stopped smoking because I read somewhere that when your lungs are clean…and especially after extensive exercise when you are breathing deeply the Angels are able to communicate with you extremely well.
However, I started smoking again a couple of times and I have noticed that each time I do I get myself worked up in this state that I am describing here as not being spiritually alive. The trigger to get myself back to a blissful state is to remain free from smoking. When I am not smoking I am totally spiritually alive and uplifted.
I guess this is to illustrate that we are simply human and that we will not always maintain our highest spiritual level…which reminds me of my favorite African American spiritual song, entitled, ‘We Fall Down.’ And, the good news is that we get up and continue to find our way!
Knowing that nothing remains the same always works for me spiritually. Living for today and in the moment is ideal. Yet, tomorrow is another day, next month is another experience, next year will bring something newer. And most of all your entire life could change overnight!
Written by Sharyce Arciaga
Sharyce Arciaga is the Author of this article and she has been a spiritual advisor for over 15 years. She can help you realize your sense of spiritual awareness and transformation by visiting her blog at TheSpiritualArc.com
- Our Spiritual Nature (mediumsworld.wordpress.com)
“Spiritual awakening is no longer an option, it is a necessity if humanity and the planet are to survive.” ~ Eckhart Tolle ~
We are here on earth for the spiritual advancement of our souls; to grow spiritually. Whether we are aware of it or not, spiritual growth is always happening.
Spirituality is our alignment with our higher self; it’s our personality lining up with our soul, in harmony. It means developing the ability to ‘go with the flow’ effortlessly, keeping the energy of the Universe and our energy in unison. In this way we develop reverence for life, and stand in gratitude for it, delighted to be alive.
The essence of spirituality is that it reveals our true self. We stand in its bright light with humility and clarity, with forgiveness, love and compassion, not only for others but also for our selves. When we become spiritually sound (strong), we love our ‘self ‘ and our life, and thrive in it, because our spirit has arrived at our ultimate nature and purpose, connected to our metaphysical reality.
We are entering a time of higher order of logic and understanding that which comes from the heart. The heart is inclusionary, meaning it simultaneously comprehends in various ways. Understanding all that is, all at once.
“Your task is not to seek for LOVE, but to find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~ RUMI ~
Currently humanity is in transition, reshaping into heart centered behavior and beliefs. Here we learn that we are responsible for what we create. Being responsible for our own actions means working on gaining confidence and self respect; realizing that low self esteem is an excuse to be less than we are. It means consciously choosing our behavior, understanding that we are in control. Knowing that the inability to accept this responsibility is a result of insecurity; it means denial, and creates a false sense of self. With an open heart we should ask ourselves what it is that makes us happy, and strive for that.
Besides our current spiritual leaders, many artists and writers are leading the world into this new dimension of understanding. These are the people who are ‘most open’ to the flow of heart center. In a sense their art, be it a painting, a sculpture or a poem, comes straight from the wide open heart.
Often artists use their art as a vehicle for others to contemplate, connect with their inner Self and the world around them. Suggestively they establish a bond, interpreting and provoking feelings that are heart center based. Visualizing a truth; creating a transcending experience.
“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is, they should be part of our daily life.” ~ Tenzin Gyatso ~ 14th Dalai Lama ~
In order for us to grow spiritually, one of the first steps we need to take is to be open to the truth and willing to stand fearless in the unknown, trusting that we are capable. Reminding ourselves that on the other side of fear lies freedom. The spiritual path we choose does not matter as long as we put authentic energy behind all we do, and the only motive is to advance spiritually.
Currently humanity is crossing over to new spiritual territory. We are becoming more aware of the deeper meaning of life. We are synchronizing our heart, and using our heart to synchronize with our soul. All of life is synchronicity. All of life is meaningful. Finally the human race is becoming acutely aware of this.
“Underneath the world of sense perceptions and the world of mind activity, there is the vastness of being.” ~ Eckhart Tolle ~
When we choose solitude, for instance in meditation, we come to a place of quiet and stillness. The world falls away and our external identity ceases to exist for a while. We become ‘no body’ , and the pressures of the outside vanish. It is a place where we can stop ‘doing’ and just ‘be’. We try to stop mental labeling of sense perceptions.
In our basic state of consciousness we constantly seek our ‘Self ‘ ; we resist, and run away from the ‘now’. In meditation, or solitude & stillness, we find ourselves more open, which gives us a sense of awe and wonder; we surrender to the ‘now’ and to ‘what is’; here we find liberation.
“Keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life; your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.” ~ Khalil Gibran ~
Spiritual reality is created by the harmony within spirit, body and mind. To achieve this harmony we have to find a delicate balance; learn to transform negative karma into spiritual strength. Spirituality is about recognizing polarities in life and death, in beauty and pain, in laughter and tears. All answers lie inside our heart, here we find our divine essence; the spirit being the direct connection to the divine.
Access your inner wisdom, and find peace. With commitment and self discipline we can build a strong foundation of spirituality. In finding our spirituality we find home base. A place to embrace the ‘now’, without question or further agenda; where we surrender and possibly find bliss. Life can be a sacred adventure; to pursue psychological wholeness, spiritual integration and fulfillment of divine purpose.
We must sacrifice our illusions of separation; we are all one. This includes healing on the mental, emotional & physical levels in service to the deeper revelation of who we truly are as joyful, loving, peaceful and compassionate beings; this is our authentic self.
Now is the time to embrace the challenge to become spiritually sound (strong), to transcend to your higher self. This will not only bring peace in and around yourself, but will certainly affect the people surrounding you as well. Become a powerful force in your own life. Tap into your intuitive, and creative guide, and realize your spirituality … realize life.
“Go to your bosom; knock there and ask your heart what it doth know.” ~ William Shakespeare~
While I normally write around the topics of obesity, being fat, self acceptance or self love, what I know to be most true is that spirituality is behind all these issues. If you want to make any kind of permanent change, you’ve got to get to the source, and that is spirituality.
Some folks think that spirituality has to happen only on solemn occasions or only in a location that has been set aside for “things spiritual.” I don’t happen to agree with that concept. I think that every time and every place is spiritual.
We first have to define spirituality. Webster’s 1828 edition of the dictionary is the most spiritual format. He defines spirituality there as the essence distinct from matter; immateriality. That seems fairly simple to me. Do you see life as a spiritual experience, distinct from matter, immaterial? I’ll just bet a dollar to a donut that some of you do not. Huzzah for those of you who do.
I think that the “I” of you is the spiritual part – the soul part – the mental part. I know that if I died and you saw me laid out on a slab, all my physical parts would be there, but the part that animates me, would be missing. That would mean that without my spirit self and with two ears, I would not be able to hear. The same would be true of all the other parts. Without my spiritual self present, none of the other parts could perform their function. I wouldn’t be seeing, feeling, touching, tasting, thinking, etc.
And what all that means is this: the spiritual part is the real part. The spiritual part of each one of us is our spirituality.
I’d like to take this one step further. If I am a spiritual self with a body, is this earth experience spiritual or physical? Well, it seems to me that if my spiritual self, and your spiritual self is the real part of self, then this world would have to be spiritual also so that the real self could function, could ambulate, could unfold.
In order to gain enlightenment, I believe you have to reason your way to the position that Life is Mental. I could also say Life is Spiritual. I view Mental and Spiritual as the same. I believe spirituality is our very nature.
Our world today is so much about gratification. We go about satisfying our needs and wants in an almost ravenous fashion. I know, I know, I’m an oldster and you may think my ideas are archaic. I’d like to offer the slant that perhaps after dozens of years of experience, I might just have unfolded a truth or two and am now sharing those truths with you. We may lose out on what is truly happening in our lives if we only focus on the job, the car, the relationships, or the clothing.
In a spiritual experience, the unfolding that goes on is silent and invisible. Only the good can see its reality. I hope you are good enough to see it. When you elevate yourself to a purely mental plane, you can see that the unfoldment of your faculties and your virtues is what has been happening silently and invisibly behind the scenes of your going to school, or dating, or functioning inside a family, or purchasing that car, or anything you could name.
I think I’ve set the stage substantially enough to get back to my first idea, which was the raw ingredients of spirituality. As a spiritual individual in a spiritual universe, everything is the raw ingredients. And to live consciously in this environment, you simply need to ask yourself some key questions:
– What can I learn from this experience that will augment my spirituality?
– What have I been thinking (a most spiritual action) that has caused this to happen in my experience?
– Question how you can use what has happened as a means of stepping up higher in your spiritual life?
At some point, if you continue to work consciously to gain all the good you can from each of your experiences, you will be propelled into a functioning spirituality that is rich, rare, easy, convenient, normal and natural. You will exude the aroma of goodness. You will manifest all the money you want and need. You will experience perfect health. You will ensure your own happiness.
Many of you know that I am an advocate for self-acceptance for folks who struggle with their bodily image. My wish for you is that you discover sooner than later that your nature is spiritual. I hope you will learn how it functions so that you can enjoy its fruits as quickly as possible.
Pat Matson, the Wise Weight Woman, uses spiritual principles to help women overcome their fixation with body image. From her education, her experiences, the lessons Life has taught her, and her deep-seated sense of spirituality, Pat’s passion is to help women learn self love. For more tips to help you achieve self-acceptance, get her free report, You Are Good and Perfect Right Now and I Can Prove It! at http://www.theworldofwithin.com