An important part of my vision and motivation for the book was the connection between the Real Self and spirituality. To broaden and clarify my own ideas about spirituality for the book, over a two year period I asked countless numbers of people three questions:
• What is your personal definition of spirituality?
• How have you experienced spirituality in your life?
• How do you access or practice your spirituality?
What I found is that spirituality is uniquely defined and experienced, yet common themes emerge. The interviews led to the development of themes that make up chapter three.
People of faith often answer questions about their spirituality with certainty and with language that is true to their faith structures. Many people believe that their way of knowing spirituality is the only “right” way. For some, spirituality is based on a relationship with an active and intentional force or entity that is external to them. For others, the experience of spirituality is internal. Others experience an external sense of spirituality that is not intentional (e.g., nature). Still others view spirituality as synonymous with religion and religious doctrine, while many others separate spirituality from organized religion.
My personal definition of spirituality includes anything that helps us get outside our small mind (ego-based personal story) and helps us connect to something larger than ourself, e.g., “big mind.” Many people have said, “I get glimpes.” “Glimpses of what, ” I aways ask. What do you “see?” Feel free to post comments with your answers to the above three questions.