Reflections on Spirituality - Part 2
The words "spiritual journey" are, perhaps, a misnomer. As often happens when we seek God, seek Truth or at least open ourselves to divine energy, words become inadequate. Within this insufficiency, we speak of a spiritual journey. In reality, it is probably best described as a "life journey". Or, better still, a life journey observed. Our own lives observed; the lives and times around us observed. By observed, we understand more than just to watch. John Main, a great champion of the ancient practices of meditation, spoke of contact (getting in touch with), contacting our own spirit.
We are invited to:
"come into contact with our own spirit. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that we should complete our life without ever having made full contact with our own spirit. This contact means discovering the harmony of our being, our potential for growth, our wholeness…" And, expanded to include life and creation around us, we seek harmony with others and nature from the spring board of our own inner or observed journey. We seek the potential for growth and union with the wholeness or created fullness of others.
In this way we can see that this journey is for all of us. We are all called to a life in abundance. By "observing" the present moment of your life, we are released from the guilt of living in the past and the anxiety of an unknown future and, instead, are given a taste of the divinity, the divine action, of the present. In us, in others and in creation. We do not seek wisdom. Rather wisdom seeks the open heart, the soul on a journey into depths as yet unseen.
In a sense, an unobserved life, is a wasted life. It skates on the thin crust of life, grabbing whatever comes past as current fashion or behaviour not knowing that there is more. The crust of life may be very lekker but the fruit beneath add to its richness! True satisfaction, true tasting, comes when the crust and the filling are eaten together - and savoured. One of the roots of the word contemplation is to taste. To contemplate or meditate or observe life is to taste it in its fullness.
And it is not hard to do this! The Divine has not given us something as precious as our lives and then made it the perogative of the few to live the observed life. Sure there are problems - like making a living, trying to find time to do everything, to handle all the demands made on us.
It's just a matter of perception. The "how" to live a life observed will follow just, as they say in rugby circles, like a truck and trailer.
But before we get into perception we return to the burning issue of who should lead and practice a spiritual life or, we now say, a life observed? The answer, of course, is that to some extent or another we all already do lead a life observed. We are all gifted with a spirituality. However, sometimes it is like when we purchase a new, ultra sophisticated cell phone which has all the bells and whistles - and then use it only for making and receiving calls. Or a PVR and never use the recording mode! The world is in trouble and even the earth is groaning. I would suggest that evolution and transformation begin with each of us - in accordance to the Will incarnate in each of us. And the Divine only asks for that which is possible. That's Love for you!
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