What is Spirituality?

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Without your own personal inner spiritual experiences of otherworldly wonder, awe, peace, comfort, compassion, clarity or love– talking about spirituality is akin to science fiction. One must have the experiences to truly understand.

Spiritual experiences could include an intense awareness of the present, transcendence of the personal self, a spiritual thought or feeling to do something or that something will happen, a still-small voice that seems independent of thoughts, a feeling of overwhelming loving connection with life or a united group, or with the universe or a supreme being.

People report spiritual experiences with and without the benefit of religion.
Many individuals see themselves on a “spiritual journey” – an intentional direction for spiritual development. They seek spiritual experiences to inform life choices and find meaning. This often includes the practice of “waiting” in connection with the sacred, along with commitment and discipline.

Some seekers find spiritual experiences in sacred spaces, such as awe-inspiring buildings. Others find it in informal Sunday-morning meetings in unused bars, in silent solitary journeys in nature, or simply at home. Many go where they feel inspired, such as a mountain top during sunset, or where they feel nurtured and nourished in the company of kindred spirits.

Spiritual practices could include meditation, prayer, rituals, music, service, inspirational reading, podcasts or talks, gardening, walking, yoga, tai chi, sacred dance, commitment to right action, or pondering and reflection on the sacred.

Sometimes spiritual experiences are transformational- forgiveness becomes possible, inner turmoil and pain is replaced by comfort, joy and love, a life of hate and bitterness is let go and a new life of love and compassion is born, patience is expanded, a solution is realized, a peaceful acceptance of a tragedy occurs, one feels infused with the courage to endure or to do what is needed to be done, wrong thinking is corrected, true priorities are realized, an understanding of one’s faults are brought to light, an overwhelming gratitude is experienced, an insight into how or who to help or befriend, a new found peace, thoughtfulness, kindness, goodness, discipline and gentleness is incorporated into one’s character.

Most major religions or faith groups are rooted in spiritual experiences espoused by their founders. Experiences that made it possible for each leader to bring forth a spiritual message that if followed could lead one on the true spiritual path to the ultimate.

Spiritual seekers today want a direct experience. They are looking to have this experience of spiritual direction for themselves. This seeking is often done in the context of traditional religious groups, in alternative groups, or alone, in an attempt to get in touch with their inner spirit, or being and its connection with Light.

Spirituality and Aging by Robert Atchley

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What is the difference between Miracles vs. Revelation?

Miracles are an expression of an inner awareness of Christ, or the light of Christ within.

Miracles acknowledge everyone as your brother and mine.

Miracles correct your false sense of isolation, deprivation, and lack.

The content is wholeness.

Miracles unite you directly with your Brother. It is a sign among equals.

Miracles correct perception. They induce action.

They arise from a miraculous state of mind or a state of miracle-readiness.

They compare what you have made with creation, accepting what is in accord with it as true and rejecting what is out of accord as false.

The Holy Spirit is the highest communication medium.

Direct revelation is your original form of communication with God.

Revelation induces complete, but temporary suspension of doubt and fear.

Revelation unites you directly with God.

Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated or put into words.

Revelation induces experiences of unspeakable love, inducing a state of worshipful awe.

The Course In Miracles

How Can I Let My Light Shine?

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13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted?..
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine!..

What are some ways to let your light shine?

  • New Testament (Mathew 5)

How Do I Find God?

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And when [Jesus] was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

  • New Testament  (Luke 17: 20-21)

True Miracles

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.

The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense, everything that comes from love is a miracle….

Miracles are healing because they supply a lack… All expressions of love bring more love to both the giver and the receiver.

Through prayer, love is received, and through miracles, love is expressed.

Each day should be devoted to miracles… Use time constructively…

Learn that it is as blessed to give as to receive.

Miracles transcend the body. They are sudden shifts…. That is why they heal…

A miracle is a service. It is the maximal service you can render to another… You recognize your own and your neighbor’s worth simultaneously.

Miracles awaken the awareness that the spirit, not the body is the altar of truth.

  • A Course In Miracles