Hello there my darling readers, I hope this post finds you all well and that your journey is a good one thus far. I have something I would like to talk about that has been on my mind for a while now. As I have stated in previous blog posts, I am I a spiritual person but what does that really mean, especially as someone who identifies as a Deist, how can those two things meld into one? Well, I hope to explain that a bit more in this post, not only for you my readers but for others as well who may be asking the same question.
Being a spiritual person does not mean that you are religious by any means, you have many people who are very religious but who are not spiritual in nature at all. The definitions can be seen below for what defines spiritual and spirituality, but is it really as simple as the definitions make them seem or is it more complex?
relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
relating to religion or religious belief.
noun: spirituality; plural noun: spiritualities
the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
The reality is that spiritual journeys are different for everyone, just like finding your center and your peace, your spiritual journey can be a life long task. It spans over years and decades for those who choose to have one and experience it. Not all spiritual journeys are pleasant, some are rocky and have dark paths that flow into them. Because let’s face it life is not always a pleasant journey in itself.
I was reading an article this morning that pointed out several things to help you identify if you, yourself are a highly spiritual person. I will post the list below for you to get a look at. I will break down and explain, some of these, a bit more to you in the way that I see these things as relevant.
1. You recognize yourself in all beings.
2. You live your life from a place of sincerity and humility.
3. You love without expecting to be loved back.
4. You are comfortable with not-knowing.
5. You trust life’s wisdom.
6. You have no interest in being who people think you should be.
7. Your wisdom is your own.
8. You forgive easily.
9. You give without expecting anything in return.
10. Your heart is at peace even in the midst of adversity.
11. You embrace all that comes your way with thankfulness.
12. You purified your soul of attachments.
13. You no longer look outside yourself for fulfillment.
14. You see yourself as a spiritual being having a human experience.
15. You delight yourself in quietness and solitude.from purposefairy.com/78230/15-signs-youre-a-highly-spiritual-person/
You recognize yourself in all beings: Now this one is interesting and I agree with 100%. As a Deist personally I see myself, reflecting in all things. Being a Spiritual Deist, I believe in connecting with all things in a spiritual way. This includes but not limited to other human beings, animals, nature, and the cosmos. For in all things, I feel our creator around us.
As the author of the article listed above states. ” You know that you are ONE with all things, all beings, and all creatures. And because your heart is filled with love and compassion, you don’t feel the need to judge, blame, condemn or criticize anyone. You recognize yourself in the world around you. You see yourself in those who are good, but also in those who are bad; in those who are kind, but also in those who are cruel, and this humbles you a great deal. “- Luminita D. Saviuc
Now as a human who has begun their Spiritual Deistic Journey later in life, this is something I have to work on as an individual. My past experiences in life have taught me to judge, to criticize, and to condemn actions of others that did not fit what was the required within the confines of the church’s/pastor’s/preacher’s/congregation’s belief systems.
I struggle to drop that type of thinking, and to think differently. As I have done so, as I have broken away from this, I began to notice something. I was less angry, less hateful, and more at peace. If you constantly walk around with judgement in your heart, with that scrutiny constantly at the forefront of your life, you are never really truly at peace with all things, now are you?
This is not to say that certain people should not be held accountable for their wrong doings or actions, no, this is simply saying you must learn to forgive them for doing so. Humans are fallible in nature and no one on this earth, past or present, is/was perfect by any means. Now, because of this we have to learn a certain degree of acceptance and forgiveness. See yourself within their situation, become humbled in doing so, open your heart and mind., and allow that “Oneness” to take place.
You live your life from a place of sincerity and humility. Be the most sincere and humble person that you can be. Live your life in truth and in honesty, taking a look at yourself from an internal stand point and using that to find an inner peace within yourself amidst a world that is in chaos around you.
“When I look within and see that I am nothing, that’s wisdom. When I look out and see that I am everything, that’s love. Between these two, my life turns.” ~ Nisargadatta
For me, one of the most humbling experiences on this earth is to be a parent. My children center me in ways I never thought possible. They keep me honest and humble in my daily life, as I lead and teach them by experiences and being a good example to them. I teach them that no matter what it is always best to tell the truth. Never lie to me, no matter how small the instance maybe, you will get in more trouble by lying about something than if you just tell the truth about it in the first place.
You love without expecting to be loved back. Give your love and your strength freely to those you care about, and even to those you know will never return the love and or kindness back.
“Don’t love to be loved in return. Love for the sake of loving.”
― Connor Chalfant
We as humans tend to crave love and and affection, but it is not always returned in the ways we would want them to be. There are many different types of love. Familial love, love from one’s family. Passionate love, love that can be either physical and or deeply emotional, often seen with lovers or partners. Friendly love, the love you give to friends and acquaintances. Compassionate love, love that comes purely from your compassion for life and all that encompasses it. It even extends to animals and things within nature. There are many times when these love types are not always returned to us, and that is okay. For we live our lives in love, to love for the sake of love, in all its romanticism.
You have NO interest in being who people think you should be. Now this one takes some growing into. This is one I fond myself in at a later stage in life as well. It was after a failed marriage, and becoming a single mom of three, that I had absolutely no interest in how others thought I should be. I became comfortable in my own skin, my own thoughts, and in my life.
I thought I was doing well, however, I stumbled a bit and fell. I fell at the feet of a church in a time of great need and they pushed me flat onto my face. Though I may have stumbled, I may have fallen, I picked myself back up and renewed my sense of self. I fought back to my prior mindset, and have not looked back since then. I truly have no interest in meeting/becoming the way other’s think I should be. What brings me peace and joy, may be different from what works for you, but that is okay. What works for you, is great! If you truly have something that makes you happy, that drives you, that brings you a sense of peace, I am happy for you! We are all different, our souls, lives, hearts and desires; they all require different needs to keep us content and at peace with life around us.
“Even if you fall on your face you’re still moving forward.” ~ Victor Kiam
One of the most important things you can take away from this, is that living a spiritual life and or existence, is a journey, it does not happen over night. It is something that will take you on many paths through out you experience. It is a life long lesson and you, yourself, are your best teacher as to what brings your life that peace and or solace. You must always learn and grow from your experiences within life, for without growth you will become stagnate so to speak. Do not look outside yourself for fulfillment, look into yourself and learn what it is you truly need on all levels of life. When you feed your soul and spirit, you will find yourself happier than you have ever been.
Do not be afraid of your journey!
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”Jennifer Lee AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER.
Do you have a spiritual journey story to share? I would love to hear about it!
Until next time,