Posted on 5th April 2020 at 22:21
At its most fundamental level, spirituality is about connecting within. Spirituality does not necessitate a belief system in a higher power outside of yourself but is a process of self-exploration which asks us to reveal the divinity within. People refer to the spiritual path as a journey because it is the journey back to the most authentic version of ourselves. The Christian mystic Thomas Merton said ‘At the centre of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark that belongs entirely to God’. This spark or light is the truest version of you. It is to feel connected to this spark within, to surrender to who we truly are which we are all searching for.
Humanistic Psychologists believed we were born authentic. As we experience the conformity of our world and ‘conditional regard’ of our peers, we only feel accepted if we behave a certain way or follow a predefined path. We move further and further away from who we truly are, individually and collectively. In contrast, the spiritual path is always undefined because the destination is for each individual alone. Only you can meet yourself, arrive back at your own heart. While we can experience spirituality in similar ways to others, the path itself is always individual. To venture inside is a leap into the unknown. That’s why spirituality is referred to as having faith. Any spiritual path begins with the willingness to first have faith in yourself.
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