Who Are the Spiritual
As humanity in our quest to be more spiritual;
we have not performed well. We create institutions and teachers to teach us the
ways of spirituality and we get down on our knees to beg for it and we reject it
when it comes to us. Is this being spiritual?
you may come across a monastery filled with monks sitting in the lotus position
repeating mantras. Their entire lives are devoted to spirituality and a simple
philosophy of nothingness. Their way of life is devoted to becoming enlightened.
It is a peaceful scene and one begins to think that maybe they are very
spiritual Ė how spiritual are they?
In a different part of the world you may witness
a group of thugs robbing an elderly couple of their possessions, beating them up
and finally killing them. The gang lives by their rules of violence and is
devoted to them - can any of them be spiritual?
In a remote part of a third world country,
natives move out of their huts early in the morning and begin their day
scratching the earth for tubulars. The men are out hunting for food, while the
children gather berries and firewood. They stay in tightly knit groups and sing
songs and laugh. Around the community fire they tell stories of their elders and
of the white men who have come to their country to change their way of life Ė
are these spiritual people?
In New York, Tokyo or Toronto,
people are getting up late and rushing through their morning, missing breakfast,
so they are not late for the commute. Maybe the couple might kiss each other
goodbye on the way out and give some hurried instructions to the kids as they
race out the door. They may not be aware of whom their neighbours are as they
pass them in the elevator or along the side walk; they are just faces along way.
They no longer notice the graffiti on many of the buildings and the garbage they
trip over each morning. Their eight hour working day turns into 12 hours after
the commute and a quick trip to the grocery store before heading home. They rush
through making supper, tell the kids not to be out to late; then settle down in
front of the tube. Are these people spiritual?
So what is the difference between these groups
spiritually? Why are some looking to be spiritual? Who are the ones that
demonstrate what natural spirituality is, and why do some spend so much time
looking for it? What is so special about being spiritual that we talk so much
about it and devote so little time to it; and when we do, itís a paid
performance? Have the Buddhist monks found the way? Are the natives more
inclined than the Western World?
The truth is that none of them are more or less
spiritual than the others. Everyone is born spiritual. We are spirit by nature
and therefore everything we do is spiritual. As a species we try too hard to be
what we already are. Along the way someone has told us that this is how it
should be and we believed them. We are born spiritual beings and as we grow up
people tell us that we are not and that we have to become spiritual. The
difference between the groups is in knowing ones connection between each other
and their environments. If one is spiritual (which we are) then he does not have
to think about it. If he/she is thinking about it, then somewhere locked in the
back of his mind, he believes he is not. A spiritual person does not think about
being or acting spiritual; they are themselves. It is the simple mind that is
more aware of his/her spirituality. The more we think about being spiritual the
further we move away from the experience of being spiritual.
Many people think that being religious is being
spiritual Ė it is not! Religion is manís attempt to explain spirituality. You
donít have to be religious to be spiritual; in fact you canít help but be
So what is the advantage of being spiritually
aware, and what is the nature of spirit and spirituality? The spirit which is
the medium between body and mind is the servant of the ego. What the mind can
perceive the spirit will conceive. In the awareness of being spiritual our lives
become simpler, we make better choices and we tend to live in abundance.
Abundance comes in many forms, not just physical abundance.
In being spiritually aware we move in harmony
with our destiny or purpose in life. And as we move with spirit we lose our fear
of death and of the afterlife. Death becomes a welcomed and earned new
beginning. Peace of mind is our reality not a goal.
Being spiritually aware does not excuse us from
the physical experience; it makes it more desirable. In fact the physical
experience is so intense and stimulating that many of us try to anesthetize the
experience with drugs.
The truth and simplicity of being spiritual is
just about being yourself. You are God or spirit having a physical experience Ė
thatís all there is to it. If you allow spirit into your awareness, then your
life will no longer be a struggle. They way back to spirit can happen in the
blink of an eye or it can take a lifetime of study and devotion to all kinds of
rituals. It comes naturally within your ability to accept and let go of what you
have experienced and been taught. And in the very act of trying to become what
you already are, you turn away from it; it is not acknowledged and therefore not
experienced. If you are asking ďam I there yet;Ē you are not!
Who are the spiritual Ė we all are; some just
donít know it yet.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.
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