“What does a mature spirituality mean to you?” Two basic factors come to mind before all others. Number one: that we realize the deepest, most important work is always on ourselves. We’re not here to monitor the spiritual journey of others, although sometimes it’s very tempting to think we are. A spiritually mature person is askig, “What am I not giving? Who am I not forgiving? Where am I not embodying the principles on which I purport to stand? What is the lesson here for me? And the second factor, particularly important today, is to remember that no serious spiritual and religious path gives any of us a pass on addressing the suffering of others. We need to expand our sense of spiritual responsibility beyond the confines of our own lives. If we are here to love, that means not only our children, but also the children on the other side of town and the other side of the world. If we are to take care of our home, we need to realize that the entire earth is our home. Mature spirituality extends beyond the confines of the narrow self.
harmony and the timeless expression of your own selfless truth….
inquiry for today~ how will you see your own sacredness today?
Reaching the mental and spiritual nature of ourselves is what spiritual practices are designed to do. Spiritual vision has inspired sages throughout history and been called by many names. Both Christians and Plato named it the “eye of the soul.” For Sufis it is “the eye of the heart,” and for Taoists the “eye of Tao” or the “inner eye.” Whatever its name, it represents a flowering of intuitive awareness that recognizes the sacred in all people, in all things, and within ourselves.
This potent awareness penetrates far below the ego’s restless turmoil to the sacred core of our being. St. Augustine described how he turned attention inward and beheld with the eye of my soul- the Light Unchangeable. He concluded, “t is with the interior eye that truth is seen,” and “Our whole business therefore in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.”