The Many Faces of Spirituality (Why Being Human makes it so Difficult to be Spiritual)

The word "spiritual" has many concrete definitions and many faces.  A common misconception about being spiritual is that defining oneself as such is contingent upon being "religious". Being "religious" means to subscribe to particular set of laws designed to show respect and humility to a particular deity or deities who are believed to be representatives of a higher power, that is all. Spirituality recognizes all representatives of faith.

Another view of sprituality lends its origin to the media definition of "new-agers", "hippies", "peace-freaks", "tree-huggers" and so forth.  When some people hear the word "spiritual", they think, 'unstable, unrealistic, idealistic, flighty' and so on. This opinion is most directly associated with the misunderstanding of what spirituality truely is.

To be truely spiritual means to have peace.

I'm sure we all know many religious people who are far from peaceful, and likewise, many peaceful, loving individuals who do not subscribe to any particular religion.

Most of us strive to be good people, to have faith in ourselves and in the power of love and kindness in all its forms and to be as "spiritual" as we can while still facing the trials of daily life. The reason it is difficult for many is because those of us who "try" to be spiritual are contradicting their own spiritual progress.  Spirituality is not a muscle to be exercised, its a place to be reached, when we are ready.  The first step is knowing what are "human" characteristics that may be impeding this process, and the "spritual" ones to be aspired to. Consider this:

 

The Differences Between "Human" and "Spirit":

Human: Jealousy

Spiritual: Genuine Well Wishes for EVERYONE

 

Human: Judgemental

Spiritual: Understanding that we all walk a path suited to our developmental needs

 

Human: Lonely

Spiritual: Knowing that you are surrounded by love from all dimensions and feeling it in your soul...finding comfort when reaching out to passed loved ones, deities, angels and/or saints

 

Human: Angry

Spiritual: Always at peace regardless of your circumstances, having faith in your universe and your spirit that they will guide you

 

Human: Feeling superior to others

Spiritual: Understanding that we are all dealing with a similar field of energy in this plane and that to truely progress we must develop not our brains or our pockets, but our souls and our capacity to love

 

Human: Selfish

Spiritual: Selfless

 

Human: Wanting fame or notoriety for superficial reasons

Spiritual: Wanting to reach large numbers of people in order to help them to harness their energy and move forward

 

Human: Using only your head to make decisions

Spiritual: Combining your brain and your intuition using signs from the universe and God to make them

 

Human: Believing there is such a thing as a coincidence

Spiritual: Knowing that there is not

 

Human: Ignoring, not seeing or questioning signs from the universe

Spiritual: Seeing signs in everything...including why you saw this article when you did :)

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Comment by Cori Savenelli on January 14, 2013 at 10:22am

 sounds good to me!

 

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