Dear Spiritual Seeker:
In my search for truth I have come to adopt this simple formula for measuring the depth of my spiritual life. It is gauged by how deeply I can interiorize within myself through my meditation practice and feel my soul nature of peace, joy, courage, strength and loving compassion. The saints and sages of all spiritual paths declare interiorization of our consciousness is an absolute necessity in the spiritual life.
Saint Teresa of Avila put it this way; “If you want to find God, my sisters, you have got to seek Him inside. He is within you.”
Is not finding God the ultimate necessity in our spiritual life? In fact, it is the supreme purpose of why we were placed on earth, to reidentify and merge with the very one who has created us.
Saint Augustine confirms this truth in his own spiritual search when he said, “I have been looking for God all over, everywhere. And finally I found that He was inside, within me, and I had been outside.”
The Old Testament tells us, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10. I often interpret this to also mean be still and know that you are made in the image of God. Jesus declares: “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21.
I have found that the greatest way to achieve this rich interior life and realize our inner kingdom is through meditation. In India there is a wonderful saying, “no apple blossom no apple, no meditation no wisdom.”
If we truly desire peace and security in this ever changing world it is paramount that we go within and become anchored in that which is changeless.
Once we begin to feel the essence of the soul as our true nature the other half of the spiritual equation is to express our divine soul qualities in our everyday life. I define spirituality as the ability to go within and experience our soul nature, our connection with our Creator, and then to express our divinity as immortal children of God in our everyday life. To experience peace within ourselves and express that peace in all we do. A peace beyond all understanding.
Paramahansa Yogananda, the great master from India once defined spirituality as holding on to our center of peace amidst the crash of breaking worlds. Until we achieve this inner tranquilly we are subject to restless desires, moods, petty emotions of anger, jealousy, resentment and feelings of hurt and victim consciousness.
We need only to go to the scriptures to see how Christ, Buddha, Krishna and others manifested their divine nature in their daily life. They overcame their fragile, limited mortal nature and expressed their spiritual power and infinite immortality. They manifested love instead of hate and showed tolerance in preference to prejudice. They experienced the joy of God instead of indulging in their lower sensual nature and they always manifested peace instead of restlessness and aggression.
If you look closely at the lives of the Masters you will see that they first took the time to establish themselves in a deep interior life and then when they felt they were ready they began to teach and express their ministry of love and goodwill. In all phases of their lives, however, they struggled to overcome their limited self and express their Higher Self, the Soul. It reminds me of an uplifting and encouraging saying we can hold onto as we endeavor to improve ourselves; “a saint is a sinner who never gave up trying.”
Sometimes a devotee of truth will go through phases where they focus on one aspect of this spiritual formula more than the other but a balance is ultimately necessary. In my spiritual life I have a tremendous respect for meditation, but I have come to learn that proper spiritual activity done in the spirit of serving and pleasing God and helping humanity is as important as
meditation. Meditation and spiritual service dovetail and work together to offer us the highest essence of spirituality.
In this newsletter we will study together the balanced approach to spiritual living. Understanding and applying the practice of meditation and how to express our creative uniqueness and divinity in our life.
If you have any questions, comments, uplifting stories relating to this harmonious way of balanced living please contact me.