A lot of people look at the notion of spirituality and get wigged out by it. They consider it a hooky-spooky, out-there, ethereal concept. They may associate it with new-age things, or they might connect it to religious practices.
Spirituality can be an aspect of all of this. But it is actually something more. Spirituality is a source of comfort, of belief, of experiencing more to the universe than just that which you can see and touch.
The spiritual can be a means of connecting people, places, and things. The connection you might have with a pet could easily be categorized as a spiritual connection. It’s not something made of this world in-and-of-itself, but a deeper experience.
The reality of spirituality is that it’s a part of mindfulness. How? By being aware of your own thoughts, feelings, and actions, you gain more awareness of the world around you. Not just that which you can see, touch, and experience…but the amazing interconnectivity of it all.
When all is said and done, we are all one. How? Because everyone and everything has a base in pure energy.
That’s really where spirituality, in its most down-to-earth form, exists.
Answers to the unanswerable
There are matters that, no matter how much you focus on them, make absolutely no sense. Great big questions that can be really disconcerting. They can cause you to want to get under the covers of your bed and hide for complete safety.
Yet there they are, questions such as:
· How big is the Universe and infinity?
· Why do bad things happen to good people?
· What is my purpose in this life?
· Why are we here?
· Is there life after death?
These questions are rather innocuous, as the answers are likely to be abstract and variable. Yet once human beings developed the capacity for reasoning they came about.
The quest to find many of these answers winds up producing new questions. Thus, the lack of satisfaction that comes of this is deep and often distressing. This is why, I believe, people fear change as much as they do.
Already feeling lost in your present reality? How the hell are you supposed to deal with it changing?
Inherently, you probably recognize that there is something more to the world than that which you can see, touch, taste, smell, and hear. It doesn’t matter if you believe in a sixth-sense, or any other hooky-spooky mumbo-jumbo. You still probably have an inkling of something out there beyond your five tactile senses.
Human beings, like the rest of the animal kingdom, have inherent instinct. As children, we are better connected with it. Once the frontal lobe develops, however, we tend to override it with logic.
Logic and instinct CAN coexist, but it is an uneasy alliance. This is the groundwork for down-to-earth spirituality. The most basic recognition of the substance of energy as the base of everything and thusly interconnected.
Unfortunately, it can be taken too far.
Explaining the inexplicable from without rather than within
Instead of turning inside of ourselves to see our own energetic being with mindfulness, many people look outside of themselves.
When you look outside yourself for answers you frequently disempower yourself. How? By letting another person, thing, organization, or some other entity tell you what’s what. It’s turning over control of your own life to political parties, religions, gangs, and all other sorts of social groups.
Because these questions are so broad and so far out there, it’s easy to believe the answers are out there, too. How can they possibly lie within you and me?
Because reality and all that you and I perceive is unique to each of us. Your perception of reality is different from mine. So we see the world and how everything works uniquely.
For some people, that’s too much to take. They cannot fathom their own power that it is all inside of them. So they turn to an outside resource to answer the unanswerable.
I am not saying that you can’t find answers outside of yourself. You are going to have experiences and meet people and so on in many ways. Those are going to influence your ideas, give you directions, and open you to potential and possibility you cannot conceive of on your own.
But when you do not use your own mindfulness to process all of it and just accept it at face value it becomes problematic. A façade is not necessarily what is beyond that which is presented to you.
What does that mean? It means that the God, demagogue, or idea you follow without really processing through your own mindfulness is not a complete picture. Nor is it the full answer to the unanswerable.
Spirituality can be simple recognition of energies
When I discovered that everything was energy and that I had the ability to manipulate and shift raw energy, it felt a bit crazy in the beginning. But then I started to see how I wasn’t manipulating it as much as simply playing with it. My perception of energy manifested in some hooky-spooky ways I am not going to get into here, but it opened me up to more understanding.
When I was introduced to Reiki and using energy for healing, I truly started to understand how it is all connected. Energy is everywhere, and you can draw it in or not. You can let it flow through you or you can be a sponge and absorb it. It can’t be destroyed, just transformed, shifted, and reconstituted.
I didn’t find answers to the unanswerable, per se. But after a long time of feeling as though I didn’t fit into multiple communities, particularly the religion that I was raised with, I developed spirituality. The connectivity of energy to everyone and everything is not some weird, ethereal, untouchable omnipresent presence. It just is. And that’s really cool.
You don’t have to be a believer of any sort to be spiritual. Spirituality is not just an ethereal notion that ties to any higher powers, per se. It’s entirely possible to be spiritual and down-to-earth.
To me, spirituality is recognizing that those big questions exist, and that the answers tend to raise more questions. But that’s pretty awesome, really. Why? Because it means there is always more to learn. Room to grow. New experiences to be had.
The possibilities are pretty endless. Don’t be afraid of that…embrace it for all the potential it represents. The energy that created you also created the cosmos. Imagine just how many incredible creations may be possible?
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter, as does your sense of spirituality.