An attempt to explain my spirituality

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If people were interested enough in me and my life, they might ask, “What do you mean by ‘spirituality'”? And, “What is the meaning and reason of all the ‘weird’ things you say and do relating to spirit, rituals, sacred circles, moon cycles, crystal grids, higher powers, universal energy, etc”? And I’d be rapt by such questions, although I know I’d struggle to adequately explain myself in a simple manner.

While I am deeply spiritual, I do not participate in or subscribe to any religion. But I am not an atheist. I acknowledge powers higher than my self, but I do not worship God or a god.

The spirit is the aspect of our human self that allows us to have an intimate relationship with non-physical and physical elements of our ‘self’ and our world and the universe as a whole – that is, everything. Our spirit is the ‘driver’ that allows us to change and grow on a soul level. Our spirit is the energy field that connects us to everyone and everything, including non-physical elements of our self and the universe, whether past or present or future.

Put very simply, my spirit is the energy that connects me to all, therefore, making me part of the ONE, part of everything that is, that was, and that will be.

The soul is the inner core of our being that changes, grows, evolves into the heart-driven being we are destined to be. The soul is not a physical organ that can be touched, but a divine essence within. My soul is me; I am my soul. The soul is eternal, it does not die with our body. Our body is just a vessel for our soul, so that our soul can have a human experience in which to learn and evolve. Our soul will re-incarnate over and over to learn the lessons it needs to learn.

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Now, with that over-simplistic explanation of the spirit and soul accomplished, I will endeavor to briefly describe how and why my spirit and soul are an everyday (in fact, every-minute) part of my life – they are my life; my spirit and my soul are ME.

My spirituality is an attempt to educate myself, through experience, over a lifetime – this education being the hows and whys of my non-physical and physical self understanding and relating to my self and my surroundings for the greater good of all. It is not a self(ish) education. It is not an education that results in anything tangible in my hand at the end, nor is it a learning of skills that will be put to use to earn a living or accumulate material possessions or gain social power. It is a deep insight into the relationship between ourselves and the wider universe around us in a quest to live as love.

My spirituality is my individual perspective and involvement in the non-physical and physical world; a deep search within and around me to better understand that which cannot be explained by accepted means (science, technology, medicine etc). My spirituality is a private and individual journey of soul growth that is flexible and enjoyable. To share this wisdom is living a life of love.

A spiritual path has no maps, no doctrines, no rules, no one overseeing our progress, no one judging or instructing, no churches or other buildings to maintain, does not exclude minority groups, there is no one controlling us or insisting that some way is the right way. A spiritual journey is a life of freedom. You personalise your spiritual journey to match your views, beliefs and tendencies; and you change direction on your path when you see fit, without asking permission from or being denounced by hierarchy.

A spiritual life answers the big questions that you once thought had no answer. Once we feel the truth of why we are here, we cease to live simply for pleasure and structure and advancement in the physical world; we engage in a higher order of reality, and everything suddenly makes sense and has purpose – and there can be no turning back to the irrelevant, perplexing ways before you saw the light – you now are the light.

And with your newly discovered curiosity for all things non-physical and divine, you will find beauty and wonder and awesomeness in so many new and exciting directions. You will develop a connection to the sublime and the minute, a compassion towards all (including self), a kindness that supersedes all other attitudes, a humility that shows you the truth always, and an innate knowing that everything will be alright.

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Travelling – it’s not just about seeing

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For me, a place doesn’t need to be spectacular to have a breathtaking affect upon me.

Wind howled around the caravan yesterday from dawn til dark, forcing me indoors for the day, so I was out walking on the beach first thing this morning in the stillness of the early light. It was spectacular in a simple, ordinary way.

Time enough had not elapsed to putrefy the weedy mat that yesterday’s storms had dumped on the beach. A day of sunshine would bring out the stench, so then the beauty will be much diminished. Strangely, the sound of the waves was muted by the cushion of weed. Although the waves were breaking right at my feet, they sounded way off in the distance.

I walked to the sandy peninsular, free of marine grass where the waves were given free reign to tumble and roll – translucent green falling onto white sand with a scattering of seashell fragments. The sky was grey, but many delicate shades from violet to blue to grey and back to white. Such elegance.

An old man exercised his dog. A young man stood in the water, fishing. Terns and gulls claimed their patch of sand to rest. Rays of sun occasionally cast golden light on the many jagged limestone rocky outcrops in the ocean. And windswept clumps of dune-grass still holding droplets of rain looked, to me, as splendid as any wildflowers.

My connection to the landscape and every component of this scene was automatic and strong. Nature touched my soul, uplifted me, and left me with a feeling of  wholeness and gratitude.

In contrast, we then visited the Pinnacles Desert – a truly spectacular and astounding ancient natural site. And although I was suitably impressed, little emotion was evoked.

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And that’s an integral part of me. It doesn’t take some monumental icon or tourist attraction to wow me. For me, it’s all about what moves me emotionally, what touches my heart and soul, a connection, a feeling of being nurtured and of belonging – not me belonging to a particular place or a place being somehow mine simply because I’m a citizen of this country, but a merging: a feeling of oneness. A beauty and serenity that is within and around me. Something subtle yet obvious, to me. Yes, a feeling, a connection, an awareness.

Often, a fantastic attraction that sees hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of tourists or visitors annually, leaves me dulled, presumably by the massive whirlpool of energy that remains – in comparison, a simple natural place that is only visited by those who are delighted by solitude and understated beauty can be spiritually awesome, for me. Today, the two separate places left me mulling over the unmistakable difference that grand and simple can often affect upon me, and why, and I am more aware of me as a result.

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Travelling – Sitting on a mountain

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A mountain only by Australian standards. Elsewhere in the world it would be classed as a rocky hill. East Mount Barren in Fitzgerald National Park on the southern coast of Western Australia.

And it doesn’t matter that I only made it to the foothills. Size and scale don’t equate to success or notoriety in my world, for my soul has been touched by the magic of nature. That’s a beautiful and all powerful experience.

I’m perched on a chunk of granite with a splendid view of ocean, beach, mountains and bushland, all bathed in brilliant early-morning sunshine. A gentle breeze whispers to me. The solitude is precious. Birdsong, waves rolling in to the beach – no human-made sounds. Sunshine is warm on my back. The moment is perfect, and this moment is all there is.

I put my pen down and soak in the tranquility and beauty. It is now a part of me.

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Australia Day and gratitude

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Traditionally, Australia Day is our national day set aside as a holiday to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, the initiation of Australia’s European history. Although I’m pleased that Australia sees fit to recognise and showcase our history and all the privileges that our country offers each and every one of us, it’s not a day that I do anything special to celebrate my heritage, freedom and progress that I am a part of.

I privately give thanks for all this and much more every day of every week. I am so very grateful for every aspect of my lifestyle in Australia.

Top quality and ample fresh produce available to purchase at clean and convenient shops and markets – vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, meat and seafood. Take your pick. So much to choose from. I’m sure that many international visitors to Australia would be astounded to set sight on our supermarket shelves stocked full of such premium food. I feel genuine gratitude to our farmers, to nature that provides the essential conditions for the growth of this food, and for the transport and employment and infrastructure in place necessary for getting this produce to the public.

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Also astounding is the fact that most of us have a quality roof over our heads, clothes aplenty, and services to deal with all that we need. Doctors, scientists, education facilities. All everyday possessions and services that we could so easily take for granted if we did not consciously think about and identify regularly. Daily.

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We depend upon a stable economy and socially considerate society. We depend upon the wellbeing of nature in every corner and far-flung expanse of this country. We depend upon a non-judgemental and charitable attitude in every community. Without the participation of all Australians in the goal of creating and maintaining a society that supports the wellbeing of all people and the land that we live on, we will not continue to have this liberated and affluent lifestyle to celebrate.

My gratitude is unfailing.

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