WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SPIRITUAL

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 Spirituality is the life of the spirit and an awareness of a Presence sometimes alone in stillness and sometimes with others. It is a “connectedness” with self, others and a Power greater than yourself that enables you to feel peace and know that “all is well.” That Power may be referred to as Higher Power, God, Spirit, Source, Love, Soul, Buddha, Universe – whatever is comfortable for you, it doesn’t matter what you call it. What is important is that you make a conscious decision to connect with the Spirit within on a daily basis.

To be spiritual means, you connect with the Power or Source within and live a life of integrity, love, purpose, service, honesty and faith.  Becoming “more spiritual” is the act of increasing your awareness about who you really are at your deepest level, with the intention of connecting with your true authentic self. Many are searching for purpose in their lives and want to have a deeper understanding of their inner-selves and spiritual selves. In short they want to tap into their spiritual core.

It’s important to understand Spirituality is not religion.  Many people have been turned off by organized religion and think Spirituality is religion. You can be religious and not spiritual and spiritual and not religious. Many folks have left their childhood religion and are seeking spirituality. They want more than rules and dogma. Some have been able to find a place to worship and practice their religion and spirituality together. But you don’t have to belong to a church to practice your spirituality.

All problems are spiritual problems in the sense that they arise when you feel disconnected from the Source of your being. As a result of this disconnect, you experience confusion, sadness, fear, anger and disharmony. Spirituality supports a movement from an experience of disconnect to one of deep connection, peace, happiness, peace, love, joy, fullness, abundance, and self-actualization.

When something is missing in your life and you’re not sure what it is, everything else seems less complete. I have heard it described as a “hole in the soul.” No one seems to understand what you’re going through. You feel stuck and you don’t know why or how to get unstuck. You may feel tired all the time and you’re in a constant state of overwhelm and anxiety. There could be many reasons for having these feelings. Maybe deep down you feel that you’re not good enough or undeserving of true happiness and fulfillment. You may not be living your life purpose or know what it is.

Maybe you feel like you have to work non-stop to reap any kind of rewards in life, and in the meantime you watch your kids growing up without appreciating the precious stages of their lives. And while you may know (or not know) what your special God given gifts are, you’re not using them to their fullest potential, which is even more frustrating.

Your life will change as you connect to your spiritual self and the Power within.  You will experience divine guidance, synchronicity and being in the flow. You will learn to call on the Power to overcome adversity, meet life’s challenges and live from a place of purpose and passion. Your relationships will improve and you will experience more love, joy and peace. I believe we are all on a spiritual path of enlightenment and uncovering and discovering the Good inside of us. We are spiritual beings having a spiritual experience.

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  1. Very well put, and I sympathize with your ptoision. As you may recall in an earlier radio show, I expressed that I felt humanity is waking up from a patriarchal model of religion and government, and we are being called at this time to integrate a greater compassion for humanity into these arenas. To me spirituality is addressing the human spirit which I believe is not physical or at least not of a physicality that our five senses can perceive. I do not think of God as male or female, because that is thinking of God in human terms creating God in the image and likeness of us. I usually refer to God as It . I think of It as a metaphysical force or energy that causes things to grow, that beats our hearts, and breathes our lungs the Source of all Life, the Thing that creates life, the life-affirming force. But it is not outside ourselves, and we can never be separate from It. Just as there is a Law of Gravity, there are certain Natural Laws that improve our life if we live in harmony with them, and put us in a state of frustration if we don’t understand them. One of the Natural Laws is that the energy you put out comes back to you. I was addressing SJ’s comment of bringing out the good in all religions when I gave examples of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He was speaking in the context of religions, therefore I quoted something that many religions have in common. That ancient teaching is an example of the metaphysical law that the type of energy you put out is what comes back to you and manifests in your life. The other teaching I quoted as being in common with many religions is to “worship only God and have no strange gods before Him”. The word “Him” is not my word, but what other religions teach. I believe this teaching reflects the metaphysical tenet to not believe in anything but the One spiritual Life Force as the Source of good in your life. In other words, looking to your rulers, your authorities, your investments, your job, or even your spouse for whatever good you are seeking is fruitless, although your good might just come from any of these avenues. But they are not the ultimate Source of our good, and therefore not deserving of giving away our spiritual power to these physical forms. Remembering that the Source of Life within ourselves is the source of all our good keeps our power within our own energy – what we are putting out. Interesting that you mention the desert god. My family is from Lithuania and I was raised with many of the pagan beliefs of Lithuania – a very rainy agricultural seaside region alongside our Catholic rituals. Lithuania was the last European country to be Christianized, and only accepted it after numerous onslaughts by the Crusaders. I definitely resonate with the pagan gods the ancient Lithuanians worshipped, which were basically Nature – Mother Sun and Mother Earth (it was a matriarchal society). Also, Fire was very sacred. I am named for the Goddess of the Underground – I guess that’s why I’ve spent my life in spiritual “excavation”. Thank you for your comment. Nijole

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