When people embark on a journey of spiritual self-discovery, they usually focus on the physical and emotional side of their personality. Rarely do people consider the importance of spiritual self-discovery, even if they identify a spiritual side to their personality. When we take the time to explore the part of our psyche that we sometimes call spirit or soul, we discover a unique and different aspect to our personality we may not even have realized existed.
We are people made up of physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional dimensions. We experience the world and the experiences we go through in the world, by looking at them through these dimensions. This is not new. We know that humanity has always considered these dimensions. Roman and Greek mythology, Roman astrology and ancient religions are all testimony to the very real role that spirituality has played in human development.
We perhaps identify best with the moment we see a magnificent sunrise, or an amazing act of nature that leaves us in a state of bewilderment and wonder, recognizing there are things in our life that are beyond our ability to control. We have a conscious or unconscious desire to know this power and it is what we think of as spirituality. For some, this can be the moment of spiritual self-discovery beginning.
When people think of spiritual well being, they usually think of God. Whoever or whatever they conceive “him” to be. Some consider him a supreme being and others consider him as “the man upstairs”, a belligerent father figure. Still others reject the concept of any sort of being, and find their spirituality in the earth, or in nature.
So how do we discover the spiritual side of our personalities and begin the journey of spiritual self-discovery? Some people discover it through embracing formal religion, others discover it through yoga or some other form of meditation that causes them to focus in on themselves. Still others go on a journey of self-discovery and call this a religious experience.
Some have compared this spiritual awakening with a heightened sense of experience. As we allow our inner selves to experience life at a deeper level than just what seems obvious around us, we begin to relate to things in a different way.
However we choose to embrace the spiritual side of our personality, when we focus on spiritual self-awareness we usually discover we come alive in our personality and this has an effect on how we relate to ourselves and others.
We have established that to embrace our spiritual side we need to acknowledge it exists. As we embark on a journey of spiritual self-discovery, we often find aspects of our personality and our character we didn’t know about before. Most people find it awakens something inside them that they describe as “completing them” or “filling a hole” in their lives.
We subconsciously or consciously make bargains with “god” when we find ourselves in a position of need. For many people, this moment may be considered a moment of spiritual awakening. This is for most people, the time when they stop asking for proof of a higher being and start talking or acting as if there is one.
Once the situation has resolved, for many, life continues without any more thought of “god” until another crisis and then the automatic response is to turn thoughts once again to help from something or someone outside our conscious control. For others though, that moment of self-awareness and spiritual awakening stimulates something in them and they start to question reality, as they know it. People who go through a spiritual crisis or who choose to change religions often experience this moment in a different way. They may find themselves rejecting their questioning of relevance. The end of such questioning for some people may lead to the choice of a completely different spiritual path.
Some people think of having faith or a spiritual awareness like following something blindly without proof. Whilst in the early days of a spiritual awakening this may seem an uncomfortable place to be in for many people, once embarked on, most people come to accept there are many things in our lives we accept without proof. We know for example that humankind will live and die, or we will feel sleepy and need to sleep at night. Our experiences train us to believe that things happen and we anticipate them happening.
When we embrace spirituality, we are embracing something that enables us to find our place in the universe. We all ask ourselves, “why am I here’ and “where am I going.” Whatever we call our spiritual reality; these are two fundamental questions we ask ourselves. Spirituality helps us to discover the answers to those questions. Spiritual self-discovery can be a journey that embraces our true humanity. It provides us with a sense of personal “completion” and wholeness.