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Apr 28

The Spirit

The word spirit can be somewhat controversial and hard to define, but let’s try.  Webster says spirit is “an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms; a supernatural being or essence.”  An animating principle to give life, a supernatural being…. something inside of us that is more than the physical body.  Spirit is something more.

“This we can all bear witness to, living as we do plagued by unremitting anxiety. It becomes more and more imperative that the life of the spirit be avowed as the only firm basis upon which to establish happiness and peace.”  ~ Dalai Lama

Investigating the spiritual life takes an open mind. There are so many different views on this issue that it can be difficult to even have the discussion without offending or alienating each other. For some the origin of spirit relates to another realm that stems from religion, metaphysics or the universe. For others it’s about the mind, simply a part of the brain that we don’t use or don’t understand.  Of course there are also those who don’t believe in anything at all, that we are simply here in this physical body with no origin or destination.  To me what you believe about the spirit isn’t nearly as important as believing that it exists.

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”  ~ Yoda, Jedi Master

Once we’ve decided that there is more to us than “this crude matter” we have options.  In 12 step programs people are encouraged to start with what they are willing to believe today. The willingness to believe is all that is required.  Bill Wilson says in the AA Big Book that, “It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power Greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start from that point.”   I believe that this applies not only to a Great Power outside of ourselves but to the part of that Power that lies within us.  To me this is that something more.  This is spirit with a capital S.

The belief in something greater than ourselves and something innately great within us gives us hope.  Here we find a source of strength, a place to lay our burdens and ultimately it is where we find peace.  There are many paths to that connection with the Divine and although my personal beliefs lie in the realm of Christianity I read, explore and even practice many different methods from vastly different traditions.  Many of those ideas and practices will be discussed in future posts.  See what works for you, see what feels right and go from there.

On the pages of this blog you will often hear me refer to Spirit as the Source of Energy, the Divine and most often as God.  This is simply my opinion but see if you can use it as a starting place for you to begin your own search for what Spirit means to you.  Start with the willingness to believe.

  • Skuuter1

    I Believe …..this is where it ALL starts…..we must have faith in our own choices !!!! I have faith and i am FREE!!!!

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