How to Understand Spirituality

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The word ‘spirituality’ comes from the Latin word ‘spiritus’ which means ‘breath’. ).  In Hebrew the  word ‘ruach’  which means ‘moving air’ in the form of  breeze or winds (www.hebrew-streams.org/works/spirit/ruachpneuma.html). Common ideas regarding spirituality are self-discovery, taking risks to grow, connecting to others, and finding meaning and purpose (Student Wellness, 2009, swc.osu.edu/for-students/spirituality/).  Some ascribe spirituality as the experiencing on knowing ones true self and the real nature of consciousness (Russell,  2006, www.peterrussell.com/Weaver/WeaverSpirituality.php). The experience of joy is a manifestation of higher consciousness (Ellingsen, 2005, www.buzzle.com/editorials/12-7-2005-83405.asp).

Steps to spirituality include the recognition of the ‘possibility’ of unseen ‘Benevolence’. (Hebrews  11:1). This is not a matter of certainty but possibility. The idea that we may have a connection to something positive larger than ourselves helps us to open our minds and hearts. Embracing a concept of infinity reminds us that the Universe is much larger and mysterious than we can imagine.

Steps to spirituality include learning. Reading ,studying, and reflecting increases our thinking options (2 Timothy 2:15; Deuteronomy 4:9). The source of the word ‘education’ is Latin ‘educare’ which means to ‘bring up’ or ‘draw out’ (The Educare Institute, 2006, www.educare.org/index2.html). Increasing our experiences through learning can increase our possibilities.

Steps to spirituality include embracing community (Hebrews 10: 25). Cultural learning is learning from others about our living environments. Learning with others provides opportunities for friendships and relationships. Sharing our thoughts and feelings in trusted environments promotes inner healing. Helping others and allowing others to help us increases kinship and companionship.

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