Friday, May 30, 2008

What having a Spiritual Life can mean to You

It seems that human being have an innate desire to believe in something, whether that be a specific religious teaching, a particular view on life or just faith in one’s self. This innate feeling must match your own personally held beliefs or it just won’t work for you. For instance, if you do not believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose to heaven after three days, it would be impossible for you to embrace Christianity or if you do not believe that Buddha was a messenger from God, you probably won’t believe his teaching either. The secret to spiritual joy is to find the path that feels right for you.
It is safe to say that the majority of people believe in some universal truths, such as ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ and ‘though shall not kill.” Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it. Well, in reality it is. We simply need to live as if we are all brothers and sisters in this world – one big family. And yes, even families have members that are less desirable than others and some that you might need to avoid entirely for your own safety and piece of mind. But other than that, we are ONE and we need to act like it!
The secret to living a spiritual life is by having a pure heart and only good intentions toward everyone around you. But how do you accomplish that? It sounds like a pretty tall order, doesn’t it? Well, you need to understand that we are all spiritual beings having a physical experience. In other words, you must truly care about others and practice ‘unconditional love.” This of course can be difficult when some people seem to purposely get in your way or try to upset you. However, it takes a great deal of understanding to realize that we are all on our own spiritual path. Some are on an easier path than others with wealth, health and happiness being their lot. Others are not so fortunate and may be suffering financially, have health problems or be going through depression. It makes no difference.
We need to love each other regardless and that includes those of different beliefs, race, color or creed. Some of you are likely thinking, “Well, how do I love a particular set of people who do nothing but cause violence and death?” Good question. The answer lies again in understanding that even those people are on their own path. That does not mean we condone their behavior. It does mean that we show compassion when possible and send them positive, healing energy. Is there truly evil in this world? That’s a question for God, a supreme being or the universe at large. All we can do is attempt to contain it so no one gets hurt, which entails putting certain restrictions in place, because they don’t seem to understand how to truly live a spiritual life. However, you do and because of that, you benefit the most.
How do you benefit? If you are truly spiritual, you hold no anger, grudges, guilt or inner pain of any kind toward or against others. Most people now realize that those kinds of negative feelings can actually cause physical, emotional and mental ill health. You benefit through better relations with your family, friends and co-workers. You benefit because you feel a connection to all living things, which gives you a greater sense of who you are and how you fit into the scheme of things. You will feel an inner peace that can’t be bought for any price.

1 comment:

annaken said...

Martha,

I really appreciated this subject. I am so glad that you are writing about this.