Definition: spɪrɪtʃʊˈalɪti,spɪrɪtjʊˈalɪti/ noun the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
Spirituality means different things to different people. Depending on where you live you may have the opportunity to explore the different avenues that man kind have taken to express and develop spirituality.
There are so many different religions and movements that there is always something to suit you. As a keen reader I have researched Buddhism, Zen, Christianity, Islam, Science of mind, Jewish practises. For me it is important to learn about something before I make up my mind if it fits my values and beliefs. I believe there is a higher power who we call God, Yahweh, YHWH, the universal power, The Almighty Father, The one and only God who sent prophets to teach us his law. This is my personal belief and any spiritual person will tell you that the journey can be a difficult one.
If we look at the definition of spirituality “the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.” We see that this is a something that can be independent of religion. Often spirituality is the common link between religions. Looking at spirituality in this way we find people who throughout history have lived by the principle of being concerned for the human spirit instead of worldly things.
Yeshua, Mohammed, Moses, Isaac, Abraham, Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Haile Sellasie, are some people who have inspired people and had a deep connection to mankind. These are people that I have plucked from the top of my head but I’m sure you can think of more than me.
There are different steps that can be taken to develop spirituality.
1. Learn from others. Surround yourself with spiritual people. Model their behavior.
2. Meditate. Quiet the mind Meditate on the universal power or God.
3. Read spiritual books.
5. Spend time with nature.
6. Release the need for worldly things.
7. Develop the mind. Controlling thoughts feelings beliefs.
8. Expressing creativity. Writing drawing, dancing, painting etc.
9. Apply spirituality principles to your daily life.
10. Broaden your mind and look into world cultures be willing to unlearn what you have been taught or learnt in the past.
For me this is a life long journey. I will never be perfect there will always be something to work on. I have to also unlearn things that were past on to my forefathers and developed in Western society. The bible teaches that there are good and bad forces and we have to be very careful about which sources we are tapping into. I am a very spiritual person and the more I develop this the more spiritual encounters I have. For example I dream things that happen, when I’m in a semi conscious state I am given insights into things specific names of people and events that have taken place. Now through researching my ancestry I see that many Africans have this sixth sense. Now my responsibility is to pray to only receive the word of God as I am not interested in tapping into the spirits. When you tap into spirits you may be given information that makes you appear psychic but these are dark spirits and you always have to pay usually with death. It’s important to repent for tapping into dark spirits and to stop doing it or they will enter your body, your life and cause stagnation, dry up your creativity, create trouble in your life and disaster. Dark spirits can corrupt your mind change your views and cause insanity. We can not be messing with both we just choose a side.
I do not consider spirituality to be the following listed below but this is because I follow the Scriptures. If you are interested in walking with God I suggest you drop these things immediately.
1. Starsigns, horoscopes, astrology
2. Mediums, spirit guides, tarot cards, healing stones, rune stones
3.Voodoo, black magic, white magic, witchcraft, potions spells
4. Worshiping objects.
5. Worshiping anything other than the creator or universal power.
6. Believing man is God
Believe me when I tell you I have seen the negative impact of these things in mine and others lives. The stories I could tell you would probably make your blood run cold. If you have found your way to this post you are searching like many of us for the that something else. That something else has always been there. Keep searching and learning.