A guest post by Patri Hernandez
Spirituality is in fashion again. This is not a harsh (or light) statement. It is the truth. Look around you and you will find many spiritual practices for the very different spirituality types.
The reason is actually quite simple: being as we are three completely different components of our totality, we tend to identify as well as fortify one at a time, according to the various eras. The physical body, for example, has been tremendously idolized which in turn has caused the spirit and mind to suffer accordingly. What we pay attention to, we make better (we enjoy) – what we leave to the side, unattended, we make worse (we suffer). It is a simple equation.
Individuals seem to attend one of the three aspects of our totality more than the other two. People who like to spend time developing and nurturing the mind are people who are usually not keen on physical exercise. “Spiritual” people, on the other hand, seem to dismiss the body as a mere tool that doesn’t really add anything to our personality or to the journey of the soul.
Either way, it is important to note that what we leave unattended we will suffer. Suffering comes in the form of pain, (physical or mental), which is usually based on fear. There are three types of fears: fear of what we could lose; fear of what we might not get, and fear of getting caught. These fears shape most of our human existence, and escaping from them means having to escape from an ego that ensures we experience opposites through our own consciousness.
Without its opposite, we can’t really enjoy the moment we are in – we would just be One with this moment. By knowing an opposite (a world of dualities is needed in order for this to work) we can thoroughly experience its counterpart.
What happens? People forget. They tend to dramatise life by identifying with the pains and sorrows of the body and/or the mind, and the gap needed to observe the world from the spirit’s point of view is lost. The world becomes then an unpleasant and hellish place, and we find ourselves to be the victims of it.
Spirituality can be as authentic as you make it. For some, chanting in the morning and eating organic food is synonym of a great spiritual life. Others need to know what happens to the soul after the body dies – or if there is annihilation of the self altogether. Near death experiencers come into this category; a new realm discloses itself to the wondrous soul who seeks. The unmanifested becomes attractive and individuals who tend to dismiss religious beliefs find here a good area for inquiry.
Then we have recovery – I’m not talking here just people who recover from compulsive addictive behaviour to actions or substances… but the recovery of the soul while going through a human experience. Forgetting, again, causes the body many ills, and recovery is an important facet of the development of our souls.
Finally we can say that the ultimate type of spirituality falls into the category of radical teachings à la “A Course in Miracles”. The Course is not just a book; but a whole experience. As you work the exercises (365 of them), your mind undergoes a psychic change which seems to be needed for the individual to wake up to a reality which does not encompass this world or the things of this world.
The ultimate spirituality tells us that the world is an illusion, that we are not really here, but dreaming that we are. Even though these mighty words might come across as extremely radical, they might also just ring the bell for some of us. If that is your particular case, do not delay and get on with your spiritual journey. Your soul has been reminding you for thousands of years that you are the Son of a Loving Creator and in need of waking up home. Do what it says and you will probably find out that, in the end, all is well.
About the Author
Patri Hernandez runs Spiritual Awakening by Patri; a website dedicated to exploring spiritual issues that range from metaphysics to recovery as well as discussing the works by Emmet Fox and Anthony de Mello amongst others. Her website features a plethora of original quotes that explore a variety of spiritual topics.