Hi, Mark Alvin here.
Since we use the word, “spiritual” so much in our on-line community, I have been pondering the use and the meaning of the word. As a baseline, I looked it up on Dictionary.com:
–noun, plural -ties.
the quality or fact of being spiritual.
(Which leads us to “spiritual”:)
of, pertaining to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
of or pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life.
I subscribe to the belief that if I inquire within, I will find meaning to my life which is of great and specific value to me as an individual. So I meditated upon what this word means to me. Here is what I came up with:
“Spirituality” is a word that collectively describes qualities of the heart, common to all people of all religious faiths. It is the finer part of our humanness. Spirituality is the outward expression of the Soul’s pure nature. Our capacity to love, forgive, empathize, surrender and to heal, all derive from our spirituality. “Spirituality” further implies connection with our greater collective Spirit, our Essence. Acceptance of and union with our Essence is redemption.
Spirituality implies a door through which all of us ultimately must pass. It is a portal into our innate divinity, and also one through which truth flows outward into our lives. Intuitive perception, wisdom, unselfish love and will, all derive from our spirituality. Each individual soul is a spark of the great Light of Spirit. The light of that spark is occluded by our ego nature, our little selfish selves. To the degree that we dissolve our smallness, and accept and allow our divinity, and its full expression in our lives is the degree to which we are spiritual. Allowing the love of God into ones life is greatness.