What is Spirituality?
The most important thing to remember about spirituality is this fact well known by
myriads of human beings and documented throughout history:
You are not a human being who has spiritual experiences, you are a spirit being having a
So is spirituality going to church? Is it being part of a
small group? Is it working the twelve steps, eight steps or three steps suggested by some
The answer is “yes” and “no” to all of the above. The reason the answer is yes and no
is because many people who avail themselves of these wonderful opportunities still do not
They are “Always learning but never able to come to the
knowledge of the truth,”(
II Timothy 2:7). The simple fact of
spirituality is when you come to see that your that your human experience is all that comes
to you person, place or thing, for the reality that IS. When the God of Israel was asked by
Moses what his name was, he said, “I AM” or “I will be what I will be
This means that everything that comes before you and your human senses is actually God coming to
you. Spirituality is the art and science of responding by living in the moment doing the next
indicated right thing to ensure you are on the bright and shining path that will lead you back
to God from whence you came. This is no easy task.
The fact of the matter is – it is not difficult, but impossible. Impossible without childlike
Have you ever watched children at play? Have you ever seen the rapturous joy on their faces as they
laugh? Have you ever noticed their seeming inability to become tired or fatigued? Where does such
a joyful, in the moment, energy come from? It comes from innocence, innocence because they have
not yet been exposed to the brutal forces of nature, especially the interaction that brutalizes
one’s soul with interaction from other humans.
Yeshua (also known as Jesus) the Christ (also known as the Anointed One) said,
“With all the earnestness in me, I tell you the truth, unless you undergo
a metamorphosis and become like a little child, you will not be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven,
Now just how does one morph or change into a childlike state of consciousness? One thing is for
certain, we cannot do it by ourselves. We need help.
The help we need comes in the first step of understanding that “
The Kingdom of Heaven is here. Change the way you know things and believe this good news,
These were the first words that Jesus Christ spoke upon returning from a forty day and night fast
(going without food) in the wilderness and desert of Israel.
What he was saying should resonate with 21st century humans who are familiar with the
recent scientific discoveries that have proven many of Albert Einstein’s theories.
In order to keep it simple, the first step begins by understanding that there is another, perhaps
many, dimension – right here, right now as you read these words. This is the dimension or world of
According to Jesus, “God is Spirit and those that worship him must worship him in
Spirit and in truth,”
What this means to you is that everything you see is really the material
world coming to you to test you and teach you a spiritual lesson. The transformation that will fill the
void in your heart is the integration into your personality of the Holy Spirit of God so that you begin to
see that the seed to your greatest power is hidden in the heart of your worst problem.
Sadly, many people think that spirituality is the absence of pain and problems when in essence, it is the ability to
transcend pain and problems by seeing in them the lesson that they are teaching us about ourselves.
When we begin to live without guilt, shame, fear or blame and instead live by faith that all that is occurring in our lives
has been allowed to come to teach us a life lesson. Furthermore, these pains and problems will continue until we
learn the lessons they were sent to teach us.
Many of us go through the same problems again and again all of our lives until we see the change within us and progress in
our spiritual evolution. So then, spirituality is in essence the finest and highest form of being human.
There is no greater example of this than the way Yeshua faced the agonizing and indescribably brutal death which he died at
the hands of the Roman Empire when he was crucified. In the garden of Gethsemane, he found himself totally alone with a
choice. Life was coming to him offering him the opportunity to escape crucifixion or suffer it. He faced this choice by using
the only two methods proven to attain and improve conscious contact with the Spirit of God and these are prayer and meditation.
He prayed so fervently and ferociously and with such intensity that tiny corpuscles beneath the subcutaneous levels of the skin
on his forehead broke, and he sweat blood.
His prayer was the simple, childlike innocence of a babe crying out to its father. “
Father, please don’t make me do this. If there is any other way, takethis cup away from me,”
Three times Jesus prayed this agonizing prayer.
The Scriptures teach us that his prayer was heard, and God answered him by giving him the choice. He could choose
to allow himself to be brutally sacrificed like a lamb without resistance or natural human reaction, thus saving us, or he
could follow the most basic of all instincts, namely survival, and save himself. And, he chose us.
He chose you.
He chose you by giving his life through the shedding of his blood to receive the forgiveness of all sin for all time and
an entrance into God’s Kingdom of Light and Love and Truth. By doing this, he became the final victim so that there may
be no more victims. But, the story doesn’t end there.
On the third day after his death, the small Jewish cult he had started, the Romans who had murdered him, and the jealous
Jewish professionals that had betrayed him for the only time in history agreed on one thing: no one could find his
However, for forty-five days there were many sightings and experiences with him including up to five hundred people at
one time that culminated with what is now known as the Day of Pentecost.
This was the day true Christian spirituality was born on earth. On this day the Holy Spirit was poured out from Heaven
on all those who place their faith in his death, burial and resurrection. On this day, God’s Spirit began to permanently
indwell human beings and integrate their personalities with his during this life experience.
This life experience is merely the sum total of the moment by moment choices that we make. And, while we have the power to
choose, we cannot choose the consequences of our choices.
When we allow the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ to guide our choices, we are able not only to transcend our human pain, but
to transform it. Our weakness becomes our strength. The greatest proof of this is found in the necklaces that
adorn so many billions of humans’ necks. They wear them as a symbol of victory and status – a cross. Can you
imagine someone wearing a hangman’s noose or an electric chair around their neck? And yet, that is exactly what
people are wearing when they wear a cross.
The fact is when life came to Jesus with a cross, the cross did not change him – he changed the cross.
As he hung there, naked and bleeding, he prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,
This response to crucifixion was so stunning even one of the Roman soldiers assigned to murder him said, “
Surely this must be the Son of God,”(Matthew 27:54
). This was because having murdered many Jews by crucifixion and
witnessing, no doubt, every kind of human response possible, the soldier had never witnessed forgiveness.
So then, ultimately, spirituality is love. As we go through life claiming divine wisdom and love is, in fact,
inspiring and guiding us through the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation, we begin to respond to life in ways
that we never dreamed possible. And life responds in kind.
We leave behind the world of fear – that we will lose something we have or not get something we want – and enter
the world of faith giving ourselves the gift of service to humankind which produces joy.
The ancient scriptures teach that the secret of Jesus Christ’s composure as he faced crucifixion was that he was
“…by the joy that was set before him,”(
This means that Yeshua knew that God would not raise or resuscitate his mortal body after crucifixion, but that he
would be given a new, glorified body of flesh and bone that was capable of going in between dimensions.
The joy he had was knowing that he would be able to eat fish and walk through walls at the same time. Now that is
living! He was able to be both energy and matter thus creating a quantum leap in the evolution of the species, and he would
become a prototype of many more to come. “He would be the first born among
many brothers,” (Romans 8:29
So in conclusion this same resurrection power is available to you and me today and to be spiritual means to achieve the
mind of Christ and joyfully pursue the simple path of hopeful joy as we walk through this trial of tears we call life.
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