The Spiritual Path: What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is the path and process of self change, improvement, and action that leads to awakening. Many people in today’s society are considering themselves more spiritual than religious, including teenagers. However, these spiritualists have their own definition of what spirituality means to them so it shows how the spiritual path can differ among us.
For example, people may have not considered my first sentence of this spiritual blog as the definition of spirituality. Also, spirituality is not a religion. Religions are associated with doctrines, dogma, large organizations, based on a widely accepted belief system on how events occurred, what God is, the process of creation, etc., whereas spirituality is learning about and experiencing one’s own self on a deeper level that leads to the realization of truth and the spiritual reality.
Countless Spiritual Paths
There are as many different paths and processes to realizing truth as there are as many people. Like Mt. Everest, one of the tallest mountains on earth, the top of the mountain is the goal and the sides of the mountain are the way up to the goal. With no set paths, people try and climb Mt. Everest, paving their own way, experiencing their own side, facing their different challenges, having achievements along the way, and ultimately reaching the top. At the top, where the climbers discuss their path, the one thing in common is that they reached their highest goal, but getting there was completely different with its own set of challenges, achievements, and experiences. Similarly then, spirituality is the individual path of change, improvement, and action which leads to awakening (top of the mountain).
Spirituality: Change, Self-Improvement, Action
Spirituality is the path and process of self change. Change is important because no one is the same person. Every moment is changing and in each moment a person is changing. Changing yourself is putting efforts into dissolving and uncovering the darkness and clouds. Spirituality is the path and process of self improvement. In order to change, one must grow, learn, and have experiences. Reflection of the self and what needs improvement is a key factor in realizing one’s negative and positive qualities that need improvement. With self-analysis, one can find the blocks and errors in thinking that are causing and collecting pain and suffering in the life. Spirituality is the path and process of action because without action, knowing one needs to improve and change does not equal change and improvement. Taking steps, working (not just thinking) on the self daily is what helps a person climb the mountain of spiritual awakening.
Spirituality, Self-Realization, Enlightenment
Spirituality leads to self awakening. As a person dissolves his or her illusion, thinking, and emotions that cause pain and suffering in life, he or she climbs the “Mountain of Life”. As the pain and suffering are dissolved, the person rises higher and higher in the spiritual realm getting glimpses of truth. Such glimpses of truth only inspire and motivate a person even more to discover his or herself and reach the top to experience ultimate peace, happiness, and bliss. Once the soul is clear of any veil of illusion, darkness, it sees everything clearly without thinking, feeling, or any other senses. It knows and experiences all truth for itself, and this moment is called self-awakening, self-realization, or spiritual enlightenment. Overall, spirituality is an individual’s path, journey, and experience to finding and knowing one’s true self, the soul.
Written by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree