Spiritual: Things aren’t always what you see
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there. – Billy Corgan
What is a spiritual experience you’ve had that made you feel fulfilled?
What is a spiritual experience you’ve had that frightened you?
Human beings are 3 part beings: Body, Soul, and Spirit. Our spirit determines our success, joy, love, and peace. Without nourishing our spirit we will never live the fulfilled and impactful life you are meant to. The gateway to a fulfilling spiritual life is through faith and understanding. Two philosophers Anselm and Abelard argued over which was most important. Anselm said, “I believe so I may understand,” while Abelard said, “I understand so I may believe.” And so from their ontological (the study of being, existence, nature, etc) arguments it has been determined that both are necessary for a great spiritual life.
Sometimes it is our belief that carries us to a deeper understanding of things and other times it is our understanding that gives us greater belief. Therefore, it is important for us to have a balance between the two if we are going to get the most out of our spirituality.
What is your belief about existence?
What things do you believe in that give meaning to your life?
What role do your beliefs play in life?
What practices do you maintain to maintain and increase your level of belief?
What are your main sources of information? (Examples: Books, TV, Magazines, Internet, Word of Mouth)
Do you take time to study your beliefs? Circle One: Y N
If you answered “Yes,” how many days per week do you study? Circle the Average: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
What are positive words or phrases you use to describe yourself?
What are negative words or phrases you use to describe yourself?
Imagine you are someone else. Write a brief description of you below.
Do you feel your actions align with the person you described yourself as? Y N
Your thoughts about yourself can affect the belief you have in yourself. Your spiritual beliefs about existence, worth, and human value will affect your belief in yourself. The belief you have in yourself will affect the decisions you make. The decisions you make will increase your belief in yourself or tear it down. The way to improve your actions is to think consistently about your beliefs. To think consistently about your beliefs you must take time to study, learn, and grow. And at times, against certain reason, you must believe.
As spiritual beings we must believe and understand. Thus is the nature of ontology. This continual process of believing and understanding will bring us struggle and opportunity, but ultimately those who seek will find, and those who knock at the door of belief and understanding will open doors they never dreamed possible.