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Venerable ancient Eastern spiritual traditions like Daoism, Zen and Buddhism share some common roots and a capacity for using words to convey concepts beyond immediate experience and ordinary perception. Daoism famously speaks of the “Way that cannot be named” as a metaphor for that ineffable Creator, at once in the world but also transcending it, and the “Ten Thousand Things” of the material world, those that can be identified and quantified, explained and written about, are still connected to the transcendent and mysterious Source of it all, and so the entire Universe partakes in some sense in this miraculous, unconditional existence.

But the Buddha, like Jesus and other Enlightened Masters, probably knew that words alone cannot teach, and they can even confuse and cloud understanding at times. Moreover, It is my profound intuitive belief that it is not truly necessary for a man or a woman to consciously, analytically, mentally process concepts like “God”, “infinity” or “spirituality” to benefit from its obvious nourishing, enlightening qualities. Daoism speaks of the transcendent Source as somehow flowing into all things always, and in a similar fashion our “spiritual lives” are always there, whether we know it or not, and they nourish and sustain us like the air we breathe. Unless there are serious obstructions to its flow, it naturally goes where it must, and when we create the proper conditions it flourishes and blossoms like a well-tended garden.

So a person could go their whole lives without reading about the Buddha and spirituality, never go to church or never philosophize, and still lead a life filled with joy, abundance and grace, or love, transformation and healing. An intellectual understanding of this process can help, sure, but it often serves to sate the curiosity of the ego only—the heart is content with its experiences and feelings. The heart knows that it is the spirit’s spark that keeps its beating steady, not the will of the person who may fearfully cling to life even as its spirit longs to move on. The spirit knows that it is supported by the infinite space of God’s own heart, even if the mind wanders about in darkness… we are all here to feel and to experience, not really to debate and win arguments.

This quote by the Buddha seemed especially relevant now because many are coming to a similar realization, whether they attach the same words to it or not. Spirituality is just a word, but the experiences and states of being it alludes to are what we are after here. To live that spiritual life, all we have do is relax, remove the buffers and baffles that keep our light from shining brightly, and move in the direction of the light following our feelings. Conversely, chasing the ego and its delusions down the dark rabbit hole of nihilistic materialism has brought about its own consequences… those are just as unmistakable as a richly fulfilling spiritual life.

The best part is that we create our spiritual lives as we choose… so long as they are truly aligned with Spirit, which is expansive, inclusive and comprehensive in many ways, its effects will be an enlargement of our hears and our true selves. Every thought and every action are sponsored by either love or fear… every circumstance and every person has an outer appearance that may conceal its true nature… choosing either of these, what is aligned with love or what resonates with fear; what is truthful and essential or what is superficial and passing—in countless different ways, all the days of our lives—is what living a spiritual life is all about.

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