Do You Think That You Are Spiritual?

”Defining Spiritual”

Do you think that you are spiritual? What makes you think so? Have you ever considered what it really takes to be spiritual? Is it in being part of a religion, or not being part of a religion? Does one need to study spiritual disciplines or have some accreditation in spirituality to be spiritual? Is it in the books one reads, or events one attends, or rituals they practice? Does being a good person make you spiritual? And what does it mean to be good? Is spirituality found in how we talk, how we act, what we wear, or what jobs we hold? Does being spiritual mean you have to forgo material goods or financial wealth? Is spirituality inherited or is it learned? All of these are important questions to consider for yourself to explore your ideas and beliefs about spirituality because what limits our growth and fullest life expression is not how spiritual we may ever become but how restricted we are by our belief systems. The more rigid and narrow our thinking, the more we miss and dismiss the big picture of it all.

In truth, spirituality isn’t one fixed state, it is dynamic. It is also not easily defined. It is expressed in degrees, along with a spectrum that will vary and change throughout our lives. Sure, spirituality can include all, some or none of the things mentioned above. They are all more like the decorations on a holiday tree. What we want to get at, to best understand spirituality and what it truly means to be spiritual, is the core. In the case of our analogy, the tree itself. The core of your being is where we will find the best representation of your spirituality. Let’s explore this further.

Notice that the word spiritual has the word spirit in it. Right from the start, this should imply some good understanding of and connection with our spirit, and Spirit in the bigger sense. How well do you know yourself to be more than your body or mind? In truth, we are neither of these things and the more we grasp and feel and know this, the more we tap into the core of spirituality. There is more to you and more to life than meets the eye, and it is in that internal knowing that we access the deepest states of spirituality and parts of our spiritual nature.

Other than that, the core of Spirit, as we’ve been guided to see, feel and understand through the ages is love. Now of course how we each understand and define love will vary subjectively, just like any other term or concept. At the highest level though, we can say that love is being connected. It is all-encompassing, non-discriminating and unconditional. Love respects, nurtures, honors and does not impose or impede upon the will of another. Love is also internal, it starts with us and how we treat ourselves. This then spills out and over to all other things and beings, expressions and experiences. Most importantly, love is a state of being, not a state of doing. We can say and do all sorts of things to appear loving to ourselves or others, but if it is not coming from a state of love at the being level, it is just an imitation of love.

That is it, two simple, yet deeply profound parts that make up the core of spirituality. And to me, this is what it is most about; the more connected one is and the more love one expresses universally, the more spirituality is embodied at its core. There is no need to decorate this, it is pure and whole all on its own. And it is unmistakable and evident in those who truly experience it.

How do we reach or develop through that spiritual core of our being? Well, this is where those books, or events, or lifestyle changes can help. They won’t necessarily make you spiritual, but they can point the way to develop the core of your being and strengthen your connection to Spirit and expressions of love. Ultimately, spirituality is always there, within us. We don’t need to do something to get it, we just need to get out of our own way with all of our beliefs and preconceptions to experience it, and allow this natural state of our Divine being to come through.

Externally, spirituality can easily be faked and imitated, and whether consciously or unconsciously, we can fool ourselves and others into thinking all sorts of things about our spirituality. On an internal level, however, spirituality cannot be faked. Either we feel connected or we don’t. Either we are feeling and/or expressing love towards ourselves, others, all living beings and our Earth, or we aren’t. There is no space for excuses here or any kind of justification. This is why, one of the most beautiful and integral parts of being spiritual is having spiritual integrity, which we will discuss in more detail later on in this article.

Where Does God Fit In?

Of course, a major consideration when discussing the realm of spirituality is God. I’ve often been asked about the importance or significance of this connection, and whether one has to believe in God in order to be spiritual, Can We Be Spiritual Without a Belief in God? and the quick answer is ‘yes’.

Just like with the term spiritual, the first thing to consider is what we believe or understand God to be. I think it is clear to most of us these days that we do not all perceive God or agree on who or what “God” is in the same way. As our consciousness expands and our understanding broadens, so does our concept of God. From a stern, male figure in the clouds, we’ve seen the evolution of God itself to a more loving and gender-neutral entity over time. Said in another way, God evolves as we evolve. The more connected we become and the more we are able to conceive higher realms of existence, the more sophisticated our model of God becomes. It is naive after all, to think that we can grasp ‘God’ with our limited and narrowly tuned consciousness of this reality. While you are a whole and complete being, I think it is safe to say that none of us are “the Whole” of it all. And so how can apart properly and fully understand the Whole? It can grasp some aspect of the Whole, but unless and until it fully becomes or merges with the Whole it can only depict parts of the Whole and assign its own characteristics to it. This is all too evident throughout our society. The more whole you know yourself to be, the more fully you can grasp the wholeness of God.

Given our varying definitions of terms like spiritual and love, applied to our varying definitions of God, I trust you can see by now that it is no easy feat to classify everyone in the same way. This is just another reason why there are many spiritual people who do not consider themselves spiritual, yet are, and there are many people who consider themselves spiritual or who we may label as spiritual, who do not actually embody the core of spirituality. We can conclude the same here about God. What God means varies drastically amongst people, and believing in God and being spiritual can be two very exclusive things.

Where Do Rituals Fit In?

Another important area for consideration under the umbrella of spirituality, which creates a lot of confusion and misrepresentation, is that of rituals. With the expansion of and popularity of all things spiritual, many rituals have arisen on top of the many already existing ones. Since we’ve become a highly materialistic and productivity-focused society, it is no coincidence that today many people are more attracted to doing spiritual things and having spiritual things, than actually being spiritual.

Recall that spirituality is all about being connected to Spirit and expressing the highest state of love. It is not found in cards or crystals, mantras or affirmations, or any kind of worship. If you rely on or use any “spiritual rituals” I invite you to examine your rituals, what you do and most importantly why you do it. Many rituals can be nice and helpful, but the intention behind their use is what matters most. For example, if you are doing anything out of fear, then you’ve blocked your connection to Source and love. For example, some people use specific rituals to “protect” themselves from “negative energies”. This is an example of doing something out of fear. In truth, you have nothing to protect yourself from, nothing to fear and no “negative energies” can impact you if YOU are connected and vibrating at a high frequency of love. (Low-frequency energies can only attract and impact similar low-frequency energies.)

All too often, unfortunately, rituals are unconsciously used to prop up the spiritual identity of the Ego. By doing something spiritual, we then mistook ourselves for being spiritual, but the two are by no means equivalent. So if there is some act or tool that you would like to use or engage with, it can be just fine as long as you are doing it for the love of doing, not because you think you have to or think you should. Keep the thinking of it, in fact, to avoid fueling your Ego’s spiritual identity. Follow the wisdom of your heart instead. This is perhaps the best and most important “ritual” if you’d like to call it that, that anyone can ever practice.

Ultimately, nothing spiritual needs to be done to be spiritual. A ritual can point the way, but it is not the way. Yes, some tools, props or rituals can be valuable, but they are not required. You don’t need to chant, or read angel cards, or sleep with crystals under your pillow. You can if you like and if that brings you joy, but you don’t have to. The intention is where it is all at. This is the power and potential of our Divine-human nature: we can create through intention.

Spiritual Integrity

One of the biggest areas therefore to understand true spirituality is to know that there is a big difference between “thinking it” and “bring it”. I can read all the spiritual books and attend all the spiritual programs, and even get myself a spiritual Guru to learn from, but this is no guarantee of me having spiritual integrity. Sure to onlookers, my efforts may appear very noble, but so do those of the people who walk into churches each Sunday week after week, year after year. Do you see the connection? On the surface, it all appears lovely, but beneath the surface, it lacks substance. With such an approach no wonder we can’t seem to get anywhere, personally and collectively on Earth. How many Sundays in church or hours of meditation will it take for us to stop acts of violence against other humans or animals? Many people I come across, for example, complain that they mediate and it doesn’t help much, or that they study the work of various spiritual teachers or texts and nothing really changes. And it won’t until you choose to change!

Spirituality is neither instant magic nor a laborious quest. It is, as with all things, what we choose to make of it. This includes what we allow ourselves to express and what we are ready to experience. Some people meditate for years and their life and sense of inner peace is no better than some of those who never try meditation. Others may have one profound experience in nature and have their lives completely transformed. There is no pattern, no formula, no guarantee. It all and always comes down to what you make of it.

We can hide behind spiritual talk, wear spiritual clothes, or attend spiritual programs, but more often than not, these just create a lovely new identity for the Ego to uphold, as shared in the ritual section above. True spirituality is lived and embodied, and ultimately needs none of those things. Why? Because we are the spirit at the core of our being. We are always connected. What we do, however, in this life experience is a block that connection with the many illusions and limits that we put upon ourselves or buy into. Then yes, it seems necessary to take “the spiritual journey” to unblock all that, but the truth is that liberation is a choice that takes a moment. You don’t need practices, rituals, or lifetimes. You only need this moment. What do you choose? Love, or not? Peace, or not? Do you choose heart-centered thoughts, words, and actions, or do you choose behavior that is out of alignment with the highest expressions of love and peace?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and fair”, and “the state of being complete or whole”. While it is essential, to be honest with ourselves in any spiritual undertakings, I believe it is in that latter or second definition that we get the most benefit for understanding what spiritual integrity is all about. Think about it, if we are complete or whole we don’t compete for attention or affection with others, or compete for anything in fact. If we are complete and whole, we don’t need anything from the outside to make us feel complete and whole. If we are complete and whole, we recognize our incredible potential. If we are complete and whole, we don’t act from fear. I hope you see how profound these implications are when it comes to understanding what it really means to be spiritual, and how they can be applied to every area of your life; every thought, word and action you have or make. From your relationships to your work, from your food to your lifestyle choices, it all counts!

Does such spiritual integrity raise the bar too high? I don’t think so. I think it is time for us to stop playing small, stop deluding ourselves, and step up to the plate of our human and divine potential. There are a time and place for games, but this is not it. If we want to understand ourselves, our origin, our purpose, and our reality, we need to stop sabotaging ourselves. If you want an authentic life, if you want to transcend human drama and suffering, if you want to have a positive impact on others, if you want to know the highest potential of your being, then this is it: Embrace and embody spiritual integrity.

Conclusion

As I shared with you in the introduction, if we want depth, we must go below the surface. This is the crux of it all. Labelling ourselves or any other person as spiritual is no reflection of the truth, it is just a label, a surface perception. True spirituality is lived and embodied in how we act and respond to ourselves, others, nature, and all life. And we should never be concerned with how spiritual or not spiritual others are, but focus on us, ourselves. This is where the rubber meets the road because unless and until we attain some profound level of telepathic communication we will never really know what is in the mind and heart of any other. Besides, this is your journey, so focus on who YOU are.

And if you want the many beautiful and transformational benefits that come from true spirituality, you must be willing to dive beneath the surface. The deeper you go, the more perspective you gain, and the more connected you become. And the more you strengthen your connection, the more complete and whole you know yourself to be, and the more your life becomes a living testament to love, joy, and peace.

Advertisements

39 thoughts on “Do You Think That You Are Spiritual?

  1. You do not have to be religious or believe in God to be spiritual (and/or a mystic), although most spiritual people are both.

    Spirituality, is sometimes defined as an “attempt to grow in sensitivity to self, to others, to non-human creation, and to God who is both within and beyond this totality.” In practice, spirituality will often “cultivate tranquility, mindfulness and insight, leading to virtues of wisdom and compassion.”

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Your understanding of God can’t expand without your knowing Him. Otherwise you are just creating your own God. In a sense you are being your own God. Jesus said “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Broad thinking isn’t the way to go. Jesus is the way.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think Tina … Spiritually is a experience its a wonderful experience..I have experience spirituality …its gives you answer of a lot ..of things..which is unknown..its just enlighten you.. The way you see things changes. …its not a matter is broad thinking…its the matter of right thinking..:)

      Liked by 2 people

      1. I’m trying to figure out what Spirituality actually means, because from my experience only God has all the answers through Jesus and Through having the Holy Spirit in you only God gives all of those answers. It sounds like Spiritually is really just Humanism. The belief that human beings can find the answers from within. That’s not what I believe at all. In fact God warns us that that is not in fact right thinking.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I can only half agree with that. There is the potential for good to come out of us. But only God is good, so only God in us can bring good out of us, but you are correct that we have free will, so we have the right to choose our own path–our way, or God’s way.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. God does in fact want to do good for us this is very true. We must first acknowledge Him though before He can do those good things for us. We must acknowledge that He exists and that He sent His only begotten son to save us from our sins. (These are the many things we have done against God’s wishes.) Humanity may be true spirituality, but spiritually or humanism goes against God. Because we are choosing ourselves over Him, and He can not teach us or save us if we do not give Him the control, and the praise, and realize our own sin. He is far wiser, and far greater than anything we could ever conceive of ourselves. He created everything. But we fool our selves, and we allow the devil to lie to us and trick us into believing that we understand it all. So we make ourself a god. But there is only One true God.

        Liked by 2 people

      4. Its the way you accept things…sorry to interrupt here but its good to follow god but god never said every Sunday we have to go to church… Or if I don’t go church I will be punished

        .it not gonna happen like this…I say believe In something ….understand your path and help everyone to find their Way

        Liked by 1 person

    1. To start with we have to look at why looking inward is wrong thinking. Pride was the first sin. Satan believed He could be like or even could be God. When we decide that the answers come from within, we do the very same thing, we refuse to acknowledge God, that He created everything and knows everything. There are warnings throughout the Bible of mans pride, and that God has a day planned to deal with this, bare in mind that God does not want for anyone to be delt with so harshly, Scripture states that He is patient wanting none to perish 2 Peter 3:9 … However some evidently will still reject God. For your verse about this pride see Isaiah 2:11-12. By the way I absolutely love being a Christian, would not trade my life now for anything. God is amazing. Follow my blog if you want to ask any more questions. More than happy to answer even if you don’t agree with me.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Since God is a loving God, not wanting for anyone to perish due to their own lack of understanding, it would make no sense for Him to NOT give a warning. If you knew that someone was going to make a mistake that would cost them their soul, would you warn them, or would you let them lose their soul.? Only if you were pure evil would you not warn them.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Very well written. I too would like to share my recent article on Meditation as there are certain things that you write nor for acknowledgement but to reach maximum people who might draw something useful from it .

    Here it goes :

    #AnsweringTheUnanswered

    #Meditation

    While I am certainly not a spiritual Guru and definitely not an enlightened being , but I have every reason to be grateful to the nature or to the divine for helping me to be continuously on this auspicious path of seeking thyself for quiet sometime now.

    The very purpose of writing this blog is to answer, based on my own experiences , based on what exactly I have actually felt and subsequently understood so far , some of the very basic questions/doubts which usually bother the beginners as I sincerely wish that whosoever flag starts his/her spiritual journey ,finds absolutely no reason to quit this path.

    Hope you too will find this write up worth reading and worth sharing so that it reaches the right seekers.

    https://the-passport-souls.travel.blog/2017/12/02/answering-the-unanswered/

    Liked by 3 people

  5. I don’t think one has to belong to or be of any particular religion to be spiritual. Spirituality and religion are two wholly different things. In some cases they intertwine with each other and other times they do not. But however, I find to be truly spiritual one has to believe there’s someone or a power greater than themselves. That’s there are two opposing forces in the spiritual world. It’s not a cosmic soup of subconscious thoughts of those passed on. It is wise to get a greater understanding of what it truly is before embarking on a journey to find spiritual truth. Everything in the spiritual world isn’t the truth. One need to understand that these two opposing forces are greater than the understanding of mankind and one is only kidding themselves if they truly believe the forces of evil do not exist.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Exactly what you said I agree with this ..but its an energy …every human has an energy …2 kinds …positive side makes you more wiser as compared to negative side push you to darker energy…understanding the flow of positive energy , let you get the answers of the question what you looking for 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s