Spirituality

100_1668That which animates us as human beings, our inner being and vitaliy, that part which is more than flesh and blood..

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life.  Karl Menninger

Your spirit is everything; your body is a garment that rots, and nothing more.  Allan Kardec

Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the spirit is.  Voltaire

   Spirituality is something we have a hard time defining and placing within the confines of normal scientific explanation. Many sages and philosophers throughout the ages acknowledge that which we call the “spirit”. It is one of the things believed to separate us from the animal kingdom.

For those believing in the supernatural; the spirit is something supplied to us by a deity. Some believe it is an integral part of the universal. It is also described as the soul. Many believe it pre-existed and continues to exist after death. Science cannot tell us where it comes from or where it goes at death. It is also why we seek religious answers to so many questions about the mysteries of life. There are those who do not believe that it even exists.

Our spiritual nature has something to do with our conscience. It causes us to be concerned with morality, values, principles, and even seeking to live life with a higher purpose. It equips with the ability to be able to discern the difference between our physical and mental selves. It makes us aware of our selfishness, self-centeredness, egotism and many of our undesirable traits. Spirituality allows us to separate ourselves from the physical world and can give us a sense of inner peace and spiritual power. It gives us our sense that there is more to the world than “Me”. In various movies and TV shows, robots and androids are portrayed without a spiritual dimension. A normal part of these plots is the absence of their spiritual dimension and how it makes them so different from their human counterparts. Like Pinocchio, we are less than totally human until we acquire or develop a spiritual dimension to our lives.

We must develop our spirituality to truly achieve our potential. Until we do we cannot objectively see ourselves as we really are; our true nature; our weaknesses, shortcomings, faults and limiting beliefs. A developed spirituality allows us to live larger; to love and accept ourselves even though we know we are far less than perfect. It allows us to become capable of truly loving others as well. Our spirituality gives us a sense of freedom and power that allows us to transcend the limitations of our physical self. Without it, we may not be much more than an automaton or puppet that lacks the spark that makes us truly human.

Challenge:  Neglecting your spirituality leaves you woefully inadequate of finding joy and happiness, and meaning and purpose in life. You are a spiritual being. There are many questions about your spiritual nature that you may never be able to answer. The wisdom of the ages shouts that your spirituality is real. Listen to your spiritual side; open up the door and look within. It may be the most important thing you can ever do in this life.

Wisdom: It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are-not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within-that you can begin to take control. Oprah Winfrey

Spiritual: (NIV)

That everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:15

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Galatians 5:22, 23

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7

We are much like Pinocchio without God in our lives. It is like we are a puppet on a string being controlled by other forces than ourselves. It is the power and strength that comes from a right relationship with God that gives us the freedom to get rid of the outside forces that control and manipulate us. Until we allow God to empower us, we are far less than we are intended to be. Without God in our life we are only a mere shell of what we can be.

Prayer:  Help me to let go and let you have control of my life. Help me walk in the power of your spirit.

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