Many people say they do not believe in religion, yet acknowledge God exists. Others believe religion is central to their concept of God. In either case, individuals tend to use their thoughts and emotions as the basis for what they claim they know. However, does thinking and feeling represent the limit of what we can know about God, or might spiritual understanding transcend intellect and emotion? Across the globe, human beings still view religion as a primary basis for living, despite the fact many people will end thelife of others, or have their own life ended, in the name of religion. Regardless of a person’s conviction about his or her “truth”, concepts of god and spiritual understanding were never intended to end life. Is it possible the life of the body, in harmony with intellect and emotion, can provide spiritual understanding that is as life-giving as what we receive through thought and feeling? Can one’s sensitivity to physical sensation actually prompt acceptance that “I don’t see myself as I really am” and “everything cannot be known”? Would curiosity about “who I am” and “my purpose” inspire a depth of feeling and clarity of thinking as real as what I have always known and felt about God?
Many people consider it unnecessary to live in harmony with anything beyond what they think and feel, and live as if the purpose of life is to go faster have more. Increasingly, the desire for information, amusement, and instant gratification are becoming standards of success. However, all our speed and “sophistication” has not replaced our deep longing for the sacred, which has been core to human existence and every society since the beginning. People everywhere want to know there is more to life than grasping at pleasure or avoiding pain and many look to religion for comfort and certainty. However, the yearning to be in tune with the sacred is more fundamental than any set of religious beliefs. This yearning is the difference between religion and spirituality and involves one’s need to receive love and guidance from something more substantial than thought and feeling. The peace and prosperity we desire does not just happen because of our certainty in a set of beliefs, including all our attempts to be good and avoid what we think is bad.
Spirituality requires more than the certainty of our beliefs and is verified by our attempts to lessen the hurt we inflict on ourselves and others. Increasingly, people are realizing the need to wake up, slow down, and take care of what truly matters, including the wellbeing of others. A sense of the sacred and spiritual connection might be as close as your attempts to align the deep desires of your heart with the reality of who you are, in a way that guides what you say and do. Many are discovering fulfillment through spiritual practice that is sensed and lived, possibly coexisting with formal religious belief, but not dependent on it. Religion is not required to benefit from what Braveability offers. What is needed is a willingness to “look inward” and “reach beyond” for deeper understanding of who you are and what is possible for your life. If you want to work toward the true desires of your heart becoming one with what you say and do, Braveability is here to assist you.