Spirituality what is it?
means many things to many people. Spirit
Webster's New World Pocket Dictionary means:
1. same as soul.
2. life, will, thought, regarded as separate
3. supernatural being, as a ghost or an
5. disposition, mood
6. vivacity, courage
7. enthusiastic loyalty
8. real meaning
9. pervading animating principle ... "
Spirituality is defined as "of the soul " and or "religious and
sacred." and Spiritualism is "the
belief that the dead survive as spirits which can communicate with the
living." (In philosophy, it is used as a term to define any system of
thought that believes in or agrees with the existence of an immaterial
Spirituality, to me is a combination of
Spirituality is born of the soul, yearning to
know and understand itself, others and its connection to a higher power,
whatever name we may give that power. Our Spirituality is nourished by
the journey it makes and the paths that it takes to that end, seeking
it's purpose here on earth and its relationship to its higher power in
Jesus is that higher power to me but, may be something else or known by
many other names to other seekers depending on their own, individual,
The soul is, to me, the intangible yet,
presiding essence of our being, the reality we cannot see but, is who we
truly are, the circumference of what we think, believe, know, have known
and feel. It's mission, to reach, seek, know and understand itself, our
God or Gods and one another, this is our spirituality.
I believe we must
cherish, embrace and nurture our spiritual selves by concentrating on
this quest for self knowledge and the essence of the soul. We must
strive to learn all that we can about the spirit, before it is set free
from our living body. We are all captains of our own Souls and as such
must assume responsibility for ourselves and our destinies.
This I believe with all my heart.
Their are many
avenues one may pursue in their quest for self awareness, everything
from organized religion to "New Age" philosophies. Meditation, Yoga,
Reikki and religious study are all pathways to trying to gain self
knowledge and understanding as well as, knowledge of the divine, the
sacred. WE enhance our abilities to see, know and heal ourselves and to
know and better understand one another in the process of these soul
quests and these journeys.
It is my belief that
every organized religion, actually, fits in the divine tapestry of God
and that each is a thread in that ever complex and vast design. Too
often, I think, we condemn opposing religious and philosophical
viewpoints in an effort to thwart ideologies differing from our own. We
deny others their own right to think, feel and believe as they choose.
We disrespect each other in the process, offering condemnation in God's
name when in reality it is God's province to judge and condemn, not
What is our province and where are its
boundaries? What is ours to do and what is solely God's?
Sometimes when the
pathway becomes muddy and unclear it is easy to lose the way or overstep
ones bounds. Self judgment and responsibility is necessary in one's life
and needed to guide ones own behavior but, I have seen those who do not
just live their lives but chose to live other peoples lives for them.
They appoint themselves mini Gods, acting individually or in groups, to
meter out justice as they see fit. But, have they that authority? It is
always a struggle to determine what is right and what is wrong yet,
these determinations are necessary for our own individual belief system
and the character we develop as individuals and as a people. The
question is how to live our beliefs and yet, not impose these beliefs on
others who also have the right to chose.
Judgments are part
of the governing process whether over ourselves or our society. So,
there is always a delicate balance to maintain between the rights of the
majority and the rights of the individual. I
believe that Society is a negotiation. It is an alliance formed
of individuals willing to yield to and comply with a doctrine, a list of
rules, forged for the common good that is the only way for society to
exist of free thinking people.
Society, law, spirituality and judgments,
these are complex issues with no easy answers but then that is the
struggle is it not? To try, to fail, to rise, to fall, to experience, to
learn, to seek, to reach, to grow and to share this the human
This site will seek to provide information and links to both spiritual,
and educational sites as well as, to nourish the readers imagination and
joy in its pursuit of wonder!
"The Flights of Fantasy"
"The Flights of The Spirit"