The Foundations of Spirituality

Spirituality

Strong, lasting Human Spirituality is based on seeking, not on dogma. On reflection, not rigid sacraments or rituals. On real commitment, not just devotion. And on questions, not just answers. Spiritual awakening is found in your heart and your soul, not just in a book. It’s uncovered in your mindfulness, meditation, insights, and prayer– not by simply appending what someone else thinks is true. It’s experiential, not theoretical. It’s a process of existential enlightenment, not just of faith or belief. It is a journey, not solely or even primarily a destination.

At its core, Human Spirituality grapples with the seemingly contradictory. The apparently irreconcilable. It seeks truth in supposed opposites. It rejects simplistic, judgmental, and morality-based dualisms, such as ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Instead, it finds its meaning in dynamic dualities. It embraces queries, not conclusions. Inclusiveness, not exclusion. Curiosity, not closure. Discovery and wonder, not finality. Courage, not security. And, along the way, it joyfully engages the following foundational spiritual mysteries:

The Mystery of Being

As humans, we’re comprised of elements entirely non-human in their composition. Yet we’re also distinct and whole human beings in the actual manifestation of the creation process. How connected is the wondrous diversity of what’s ‘inside’ you to your healthy, whole person on the ‘outside’?

The Mystery of Impermanence

As humans, we’re uniquely conscious of the inevitability of our own suffering and death. Yet we also seem to intrinsically know that God’s life energy in us is eternal in nature. How can you better balance your inherent impermanence with your energetic presence right now… and, in the process, make truly lasting, positive ‘ripples’ for everyone around you today?

The Mystery of Connection

As humans, we’re gifted with God’s own spark of light within us. We’re the outcome of God’s own conscious thought. Yet we often feel ‘other than’ and separated from God in life? How can you seek and recover God’s life-breath in your soul today in more open, inclusive ways: in other people, in nature, silence, prayer and meditation, in life itself, and by simply being ‘you’?

The Mystery of Capacity

As humans, we’re created by God in love. We carry God’s own essence of love within us. Yet we’re capable of entirely non-loving thoughts and actions in our lives. We spend our lives in the perplexing interplay of good and bad. How can you get closer to your true ‘source’ today? And, in turn, stay more in tune with what is good about others instead of judging them by standards that even you can’t attain?

The Mystery of Individual Identity

As humans, we’re fashioned by God to give ourselves fully in selfless love to our God and to others. Yet, in the process, we can unwittingly lose our own grounding of differentiated identity if we self-define ourselves by something or someone other than who we are as inherently special. How can you strive to both ‘Find’ and ‘Lose’ yourself today through your own care, generosity and compassion in this life?

The Mystery of Truth

As humans, we strive to know and follow God. Yet God transcends anything and everything that we can ever know or understand. We seek God’s spiritual truth, yet can never know it fully in our lives. How can you pursue truth in your own life today without making ‘it’ and ‘you’ solely singular in the process?

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I invite you to meditate, reflect, and pray on these mysteries as part of your own respective journeys. Not as sources of conflict, frustration, or bewilderment– but rather as helpful, energizing pathways of spiritual growth in your life. Paths of awakening. Of stretching. Of challenging your mind. Challenging your soul. And your entire being, for that matter. May you find energy, rest, peace, and strength in the process all along the way…

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