In this post I will talk about man’s spiritual nature. Before you stop reading, wait a minute! This is not about religion. It’s about an immaterial nature that exists in all of us. Even scientists have recognized that man often becomes aware of knowledge, which is impossible to attain through reason and human intelligence. It has often been said that this knowledge seems to come from outside of us.
As a matter-of-fact, academia has created an entire new field of study called “Transpersonal Psychology” to address this subject. Wikipedia states: “Transpersonal psychology is a school of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology”. The Oxford Dictionary defines transcendent as: “Beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience.”
Now, in my opinion, people become confused when they try to define or label our spiritual nature. Some call it a “higher consciousness”. Others attach “religious meanings and connotations” to it. Still others pay no significance to it at all and claim that it’s just another “voice in their head”. I would like to respond to these various definitions by paraphrasing Henry Ford: “Whatever you believe, you’re right!”
It has been my contention for a number of years that our spiritual nature knows exactly what’s best for us and always tries to guide or lead us in that direction. However it will never force or manipulate us to do the right thing. And if you’re looking for a definition of “the right thing”, I define it as a correct action, which benefits everyone involved. Doing the right thing is not based upon the ego but based upon the overall good.
So, let’s get this straight. There is a spiritual nature that exists in all of us and it really doesn’t care what we call it. All we have to do is recognize its presence and listen to and apply its directions to our lives. Henry David Thoreau said: “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright”.
The real question is how do we differentiate the voice of our spiritual nature from the multitude of voices trying to gain control of our mind? I believe the answer is fairly simple. The voice of spirit is not self-centered or ego-based. It will always direct us towards our highest and best good even though it may not seem like it when we hear it. I like to make the analogy that the voice of spirit is like that feeling we have when we know we have to go to the dentist. We will put off going as long as possible, until the pain becomes too difficult to bear. We know that the needle will hurt and the sound of the drill is very uncomfortable. However when we get out of the chair and our problem has been solved, we come to the conclusion that the effort has all been worthwhile. It’s the same way with Spirit.
I will continue this discussion on Spirit in my next post. Until next time here’s hoping that you live today and every day passionately and on purpose. Thank you and God bless!