reply to post by OhZone
I see a lot of people are saying that they are spiritual.
Do any of you have a definition of "spiritual"?
I used to say that, but then one day I realized that I didn't know what that meant; it just sounded meaningful.
Being spiritual means different things to different people. That is the beauty of it. It is hard to define, for good reasons. Religion I found, needs
to pigeon hole concepts and teachings. That is why I can say that religion on the whole, is not spiritual.
Spiritual has a definitive quality but is elusive in terms. Another words, it is highly abstract. Think of: quantum physics.
I relate in my experience to being spiritual as; a connection to God, or a higher power. Religion is not even in the same sphere because it is too
material, too fleshly, and too down to earth - bogged down with rituals, and scripture. A corporal experience vs. a spiritual one.
I define it;
As a conscious contact with God. This involves connecting to a higher entity that is beyond our physical state. The more I connect and tune in to this
entity, the more I am influenced by it. A connection that is logical, rather than mystical.
Here is an example of a spiritual clarity or moment: when you have a light bulb that goes off in your mind and you finally "get" something. You
wonder why you didn't get it before, but now it is all clear to you. This is a rudimentary example. Apply this principle to a larger scale and you
can arrive at being spiritual.
Being spiritual involves the intuition, your senses, a spark and refining of your perceptions. It involves a conditioning by God against an abrasive
wall or block that forces us to grow. Meaning; that to be spiritual is to not be stagnant. It needs friction to develop! That friction comes from God.
It is a process that helps us to refine our senses and to understand what it is our senses are trying to tell us. Fight or flight. Who is safe or
unsafe? When to leave a situation before a tragedy. Think of those whose senses told them to run to the hills with the Indonesian tsunami.
The day before 9-11 I was in bed all day very upset because I new something really bad was going to happen. My family needless to say was very
concerned. The next day I found out why. I am not talking ESP or anything mystical. Just my senses telling me - alerting me as to a future event.
Being spiritual means that you learn to listen! Never discount a sense.
On a more abstract level; a certain knowing, or insight, about so many things that may have nothing to do with you, and do not originate with you. You
are also very aware of this at the time. Some of the revelations are staggering. Especially when you realize something and it happens later.
Also it involves sensing energy fluctuations and abiding by what you feel would be the right course or answer. It can involve hearing a little voice
in your mind, or at times a very loud voice! I have found that the more I grew spiritually - it ceased being quiet - but is more pronounced. At first,
one needs to listen quietly for the voice. But that is because we are so unfamiliar with it and not confident with it. And no, it is not MPD'S...LOL!
Have you seen the movie "Contact?" When Jodie Foster was in the space craft and went on her dubious exploration of the galaxy and beyond? She had
been an atheist prior, but her views were so very altered on her "field trip." She received a glimpse of something so far beyond her understanding,
that she was speechless. In that fictional drama she was put into over-drive by God, to attain new insight that would take her out of her tight box of
Growing spiritually means to be willing to expand beyond ones limited thinking, and to experience life and its meanings in a different context,
realizing that 2+2 does not = 4. Also, being willing to fail, to get up and to try again. Beyond that, it is an unexplainable experience! It is easier
it take place in someone's life, than it is to define it.