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What is Spirituality?

My definition of Spirituality is finding my own answers for inner content and happiness by self discovery.

For me it does not involve a particular religion,  I respect every religions points of view but for me i have never found a religion that sits totally comfortable for me, every religion has parts that I 100% agree with but also other parts which I disagree with. I do believe there is a God , a Creator, a Universal energy but I also believe that God or the Creator wants us each to be happy and content and does not need to lay down rules to “rule” us by.  The “God” I believe in would not turn his back on anyone who didn’t believe or who didn’t pray or attend church or who has fallen off the wagon, been misled or who has strayed from the path of goodness.

I believe its about finding your own individual path and purpose in life. It involves continual personal development, contemplation, meditation and prayer. All of these have led me to a connectiveness with a larger reality and is a continuous process. It has led me to have a feeling of deep inner calm and a deeper understanding of many things (including relationships, nature, and people in general amongst other things)  which is hopefully making me a better and more understanding and compassionate person.

Its about values, practices and attitudes, for me its about a whole approach to my life, looking after and feeding my body, my mind and my spirit/soul and into this equation comes using natural products and protecting and building our immune systems against the many chemicals which are in everyday products and foods. Its about making our minds stronger and healthier and having a mindset that evokes Love and compassion and understanding rather than negative emotions such as jealousy, anger and making war. Its also about looking at our lifestyle and making sure we have time for contemplation, to get to know and understand our inner being, to learn about our Ego which rules most of our lives and jumps in and makes us respond to situations that afterwards we look back and regret.

My journey so far has been learning new things and also rediscovering things that once rediscovered I realise that I did already know that but had somehow forgotten. Many people call this “an Awakening”.  Once that inner being starts to awaken wonderful things start to happen.  Perhaps meaningful coincidences start happening or as I believe synchronicities,  life takes on a new and fulfilling meaning.  I personally have found its an ongoing journey and the further you travel down the path the more opportunities present themselves and I find this very exciting.

Its not all plain sailing, in fact sometimes it can be quite challenging but each step opens us up a bit more and as exciting or challenging it may get I still have that deep inner calm of knowing that its part of my journey.

Our Spiritual Journey

We have been busy over the last 25 years bringing up our 3 children, dealing with a few health issues and generally dealing with everyday life. We always felt that as busy as we were there was something missing in our lives and after talking about it on and off over the years we both felt perhaps that it was religion but were unable to find a religion or church that had all our beliefs. I know it sounds strange but we knew what our beliefs were before seeking a church or religion not the other way round as perhaps it normally is.  Most  religions fitted our basic beliefs but then we found out what they taught didn’t fit in with our beliefs totally and we weren’t prepared to compromise our beliefs or commit our time to something we didn’t fully believe either.

My biggest issue was seeing my youngest in tears after an event at a local church because she thought her brother would “burn in hell” because he didn’t believe in God. She couldn’t believe that the loving God we had brought her up to believe in would turn his back on someone who hadn’t the same belief as the Church taught or that her loving Pets don’t have souls so they wouldn’t go to heaven. It was at this point that I knew there was an answer out there but which we hadn’t yet found so we went back to getting on with our lives and my youngest attended local church events held for the social side but carried on with her own belief as we had all the years previously.

At this stage we  would regularly have a look at our local charity shops for personal development books and Gary came across a book called Conversations with God part 2 written by Neale Donald Walsch and felt drawn to buy it.  We both found it fascinating and decided we needed to read book 1 and also no 3.

As I was reading Book 1 it was like I had come home, the things i was reading weren’t anything new, I knew it all already but I had somehow forgotten it and reading it was making me remember – a very strange sensation but a life changing one.

We see ourselves not as a Human having a spiritual adventure but as a Spiritual being having a Human experience.