I’m guessing that most people have some sort of spiritual practice. If you’re anything like me, those practices waver somewhat. There may be a few basic beliefs – believing in God or not – but most similarities stop there. God can be understood in all types of ways, and has been the word used for a lot of different kinds of belief systems. So much so that I’d bet if you polled those who believe in God, they wouldn’t agree on all the characteristics they attribute to him, or her, or… Even writing this, I can see how ridiculous a conversation on the subject gets. In my belief, God is ineffable, yet here I am trying to discuss God.
I’ll stop where I am, and continue to talk about spiritual practice. Practice, because we (I) never seem to reach a particular goal. It’s a lifelong practice.
My own practice, as I’ve mentioned, has shifted and mutated over the years – sometimes I loop back around to certain ideas. I’ve read a lot of spiritual texts to arrive at my beliefs and practice: the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, much of the Koran…and I read a lot of books by people like Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Guy Finlay, and Vernon Howard. I’ve read and listened to Teal Scott, Abraham Hicks, and literally every one of the people in The Secret. There are hundreds more, or course. And let us not forget Native American religions, stories, myths and legends, and on.
The point is that there are probably as many takes on spirituality and spiritual practice as there are humans on the planet. Even the lack of a labeled spiritual practice becomes a spiritual practice for some.
So, what’s all this talk about? I think it has something to do with individuality. How committed are we to something, anything? How do we maintain some measure of internal organization, direction, balance? We find our practice by trying different ideas on to see how they feel, how they fit with our personality.
Since our entire existence – our universe – is essentially ineffable, regardless how far science has progressed, then we are always searching, always practicing. It’s never ending. There is something appealing to me about that. Like learning anything, we get to add information to our spiritual practice, and then adjust it as needed. This is growth, it’s change. And whether we like it or not, everything changes, most often for the better.
Terry Persun writes in many genres, including historical fiction, mainstream, literary, and science fiction/fantasy. He is a Pushcart nominee. His latest poetry collection is “And Now This”. His novels, “Wolf’s Rite” and “Cathedral of Dreams” were ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalists in the science fiction category, and his novel “Sweet Song” won a Silver IPPY Award. His latest science fiction space opera is, “Hear No Evil”, his latest fantasy is “Doublesight”, his latest mainstream/literary novel is “Ten Months in Wonderland”.