The importance of spirituality in one’s life cannot be overstated. The reason for this is that it heals and integrates. The spiritual journey takes you to that place which heals the foundational reason for most unnecessary suffering in the world. This is both individual and collective suffering.
In healing this primary cause of suffering within yourself, you make your greatest contribution to the health and wellbeing of the collective that is humanity and to all sentient beings on this planet. From this place of health and integration, you KNOW that you are blessed and can bless.
The Foundation of Suffering
For most people, their spiritual teacher is their suffering. Because eventually the suffering brings about awakening. – Eckhart Tolle
The foundation of suffering is your identification with your separate sense of the personal self. The mystic Thomas Merton referred to this persona (mask) as the False Self. This is the self that does not FEEL its connection to the TRUE SELF.
In reality, this separation never happened. However, in order that Creation creates there has to be the illusion of such separation. In the Hindu tradition, this illusion of separation is called MAYA.
In order for all that you see to be made manifest, the One has to create the illusion of division. The problem comes when that which is created as a manifested form feels separate from the Formless from which it is created and which gives it Life.
Why Spirituality is Important
Spirituality is important because it is how to end suffering. It is the only authentic way to end suffering on this planet. Without a FELT at-one-ment with Source, the suffering continues.
You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images.” – A Course In Miracles
This feeling of personal separation from Source leaves us fearful and anxious. We live in the age of anxiety. We struggle to understand the Life we are. We lose our KNOWING of who and why we are.
Our story is the story of the Prodigal Son who goes wandering far off in the land of personal identity created from the overthinking personal mind. He squanders his inheritance that is the feeling of eternity within.
The spiritual journey is important because it is the return from exile.
In truth you are never exiled, but for most of us, this is how it feels. Only the one who has been graced the experience of awakening KNOWS what the joy of coming home FEELS like.
The history of religion is the story of telling people that they might be forever exiled if they do not conform to the teachings of the hierarchy that keeps them enslaved to the limitation of belief.
So for our next lesson, let me expand on the benefits of taking the spiritual journey of coming home to the KNOWING of your magnificence.