What is spirituality?
of mine, who happens to be an atheist, once asked me to define
spirituality. My answer? “Connected to one’s self, and
thereby able to connect to others and the world at large.” If
I was speaking with a religious person, I would have answered:
It is to be connected to our inner divinity or godhead. We are then
able to see and connect to the divinity within others and all that
is. Whichever the definition, its effect is
Spirituality is, in the words of Einstein, to
be able “to stand in awe at the mystery of life”.
Or in the words of William Blake:
To see the World in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
It is in the realization that "The most beautiful things in the
world can not be seen with the eyes, but only with the human
heart." (Helen Keller)
It is to bow one’s head
at the sublime and incalculable power of love. It is
have the heart of a child.
Aligned to our
godhead, we are then able to find the transcendent in our everyday,
walking, talking life. The results: joy and inner peace. We also
gain an appreciation for the here and now, the gift of the moment.
We feel freer, lighter and more centered.
If we then
proceed on this path with courage and commitment, we reach the
higher levels of consciousness. And as Hindus would say, we partake
of the divine nectar. Our spirits soar. We reach the heavens, the
higher levels of being.
So what is spirituality
It is a process by which you come
back to yourself—to your soul. We do this gently and with
compassion. I have found meditation to be the single most important
tool in this process. It changed my life and the countless lives of
many. Meditation brings you to the essence of yourself and to a
power greater than yourself—as well as to the essence of the issues
at hand. Spiritual counseling also employs the power of prayer
and affirmation, spiritual healing and touch, and soulful listen and
We attend to what needs healing.
Blockages and negative patterns are eased and then released. In
doing this, we give room for the attunement to the
Attuned to your soul you can better direct your
life, your spiritual path, making decisions from the whole of your
Our capacity to love
There is greater clarity.
you raise your spiritual vibration you come more fully into the path
of your being. You become one with God. In the words of
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our
deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.“
A commitment to living life from who you really are creates the
life you ought to be living. You are then better equipped to fulfill
your mission on this earth.
Someone once asked me “What
are the beliefs of an interfaith minister?” I told him that I
could only answer for myself.
I believe that God,
by whatever name, is that which exists within, connects and binds
I believe God has billions of faces and is always in
front of you, everywhere.
I don't believe you have to call
God—God—as I do. Yahweh, Christ, Allah, Brahman, Great Spirit,
Chi, Love, Universal Spirit, Divine Presence are some of the different
names for God.
I believe that the most important goal of
every religion should be to respect and revere all life. In doing so,
we revere God.
I believe that I do my job best when I help others find the
transcendent in ordinary life. In doing so, we hear the song
of the universe.
It brings me great joy when others
tell me that my work has helped them find faith in themselves and in
the universe at large. It humbles me and fills me with
I leave you with a quote by Joseph
|It is only by going down
into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble,
there lies your treasure.
The very cave you are afraid to enter
turns out to be the source of
what you were looking for.
I acknowledge the light of God within you.
I wish you peace.
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