I was talking with a friend today on the phone and in the course of our conversation, I said to her, "You are very spiritual". She was silent for a moment and then responded, "Am I? What is that really?"
It was a good question.
During a coaching session some months ago, I asked a client, "Are you spiritual?" and he answered, "I'm not religious".
Does being "spiritual" mean being "religious"?
Nowadays, it seems that everyone is talking about "being spiritual" yet many people don't quite know what that is.
Growing up, we are taught how to walk and talk, read and write, achieve in life and deal with the practical realities of daily living. We identify with our physical body and the world that we can perceive with our five senses.
At some point in time, most people begin to wonder if there is more to life.
Many begin searching. Searching for meaning. Searching for purpose. Searching for fulfillment.
Some find it. Some do not.
This was my journey. One that started very early on in life. What I discovered has allowed me to live with a deep sense of meaning and purpose.
I came to realize that there are three different levels to spirituality: Being Spiritual, Living Spiritually and Connecting Spiritually.
Being Spiritual is recognizing that your authentic, true self, your essence, your soul is non-physical.
I came to understand that Living Spiritually is to actualize your true self in the world, through your words, actions and choices.
I now know that to Connecting Spiritually is to first become aware of something non-physical, a force, the universe, God, that exists and is involved in your life. And then to connect and be in partnership with that "something greater than yourself" to create a better, more peaceful world.
Most religions began with an individual person who had a profound and unique experience, Connecting Spiritually. The experience allowed him or her to recognize and embrace Being Spiritual and provided knowledge on how to actualize a vision of humanity that is filled with love, joy and peace. A vehicle, religion with it's traditions and institutions, was formed to unveil and pass on this experience and knowledge to large numbers of people. Being Religious is actively being involve in these traditions and usually the institutions as well.
Presently, many people throughout the world, are finding their own path, creating their own unique vehicle, to Being Spiritual, Living Spiritually and Connecting Spiritually.
Many of us have had our own profound and unique experiences that have made us aware that there is more to life than "meets the eye", allowing us to Connect Spiritually. We, too, can recognize and embrace our authentic, true self- Being Spiritual- while utilizing our knowledge and wisdom to create a life filled with love, joy, and peace for ourselves and all those around us Living Spiritually.
Oh. So to return to my story. On the phone with my friend, I didn't actually say all of this in response to her question but I summed it up in a few sentences. As I took a breath, she interjected, "I guess I am spiritual after all and didn't even realize it!"
You, too are on your own personal journey of life. Now is your moment in time to take the first steps onto your new path, where you will begin to connect more and more with your True, Authentic Self. Your Passion. Your Purpose. A shift will begin to occur and with it a new perspective about the life you have led and the one that awaits you.
Are you ready to Experience the Shift?
Hope to see you soon!
From, "Experiencing the Shift" and "The Soul's Lens"
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