‘All that is seen and all that is unseen can only be comprehended if we adopt a posture of faith'
There is something in all of us that is intuitively aware of a spiritual or nonmaterial dimension to our existence. Our psychic self is constantly drawn to the paranormal possibilities that mysteriously guide our inquisitiveness and wonder. For many of us religion has been a proactive supporter of our inner journey, historically formulating traditions that have attempted to encourage and assist our sacred pilgrimage of discovery.
A common thread that has dominated historical thought is that we are a fusion of two dimensions of reality, the unseen and the seen, a mysterious signature of otherness and this-ness that amalgamate to shape our consciousness.
The ancient poets and mystics describe us as a synthesis of heaven and earth, a combination dust and breath that somehow integrate to form the living soul of our existence.
There is much conjecture around the biological and non-biological nature of who we are as a species but our deep inner contemplative predisposition keeps bringing us back to the instinctive idea of humans as divine image bearers.
As a human race we are slowly becoming comfortable with the proposal that mystery is a beautiful descriptor for the divine that creatively works behind the scenes shaping our makeup.
Our spirituality is not a seperate component to who we are but an intrinsic essence that connects us internally and externally to the wonder of all matter. In my early days of religious exploration i was introduced to a compartmentalised idea of spirit, a secret chamber or part of me which was dormant or dead and needed awakening via some kind of supernatural experience. At first I accepted this dualistic view but have come to realise that I have always been spiritually alive yet somewhat unaware of what that could mean from a divine perspective. My embrace of the christian narrative was salvific, not because I received my afterlife evacuation assurance but because I began to understand the ramifications of what it might mean to experience ‘eternal’ life as a transcendent interconnection that honours my immortality.
All of the components were hidden within me but needed a moment of para-normal awakening that would introduce me to a providence that would re-define my place in the world.
If everything is spiritual then my life deserves to be delivered from the disconnection that my ignorance has supported. Religion does not make me spiritual, it merely provides me with a platform to find my place in a long history of fellow explorers who have considered the possibility of other worlds and other ways of being.
The air that we breathe is natures metaphor for the invisible realm that energises and animates our lives. Science has helped us to understand the profound importance of how our bodies are fuelled for survival, maybe religion will one day help us to be comfortable with our divine likeness as spirit beings. Not so much by way of institutional adherence but by way of constitutional wholeness and human flourishing.
To be spiritual is to acknowledge that life moves to a rhythm that is hard to define and even harder to articulate. Learning to articulate transcendence is a steep learning curve that many choose to disengage with due to performance expectations that are built on a divine-human divide that occurred at some point in history, evoking in us a abnormal view of our mortality.
Faith is the doorway that leads us back to an understanding of our true identity. If we open that door and accept who we are we will understand whose we are.
Take a deep breath and feel the resonance of spirit life pulsating inside as it reconnects you with all things.
“You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it's headed next’. That's the way it is with everyone ‘born from above' by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” -St John