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What is Spirituality

This is a question I have asked many times of many different people and I never received the same answer twice. It was for this reason that I decided to encapsulate a definition of spirituality that would serve as a reference point for anybody reading the works of The Libra Centre and or doing their own exploration.

Spirituality has as its root, the word spirit, and I believe this is the cause of much confusion, for there seems to be a major difference between the word spirit, and spirits. Clearly, if we associate spirituality with spirits then one could use the word spirit as a singular form of spirits. I do not intend to use this line of approach and so will use the term spirit which does not have a plural. When called upon to use the term spirits I will substitute for a more definitive term such as disincarnate soul or individual energy matrix.

The definitions which follow for spirit, spiritual and spirituality are not forced on anyone, if you have a different definition that is fine I only seek to offer our definition so there will be no misunderstandings or ambiguities. Whenever someone is discussing a subject such as this, it's as well to ask for a definition of terms so both parties know where the other is coming from.

Spirituality then, according to The Libra Centre is relationships. This definition then allows everyone a certain measure of spirituality because everyone has relationships. This may seem a mediocre definition for something so grand as spirituality, but if you bear with me, I am sure you will see how wonderfully it fits. It has long been my opinion that the simpler a thing is stated, the closer to the truth we are.

In the beginning, there was Unity, the Absolute, the Source, you can choose your own terminology. In order for this to become manifest or be known, Unity had to divide and became two. The two are the essence of male and female, yin and yang, positive and negative, active and passive, again, you can choose your own terminology. The important thing to understand though is that now we have two which came from the one and therefore there is a relationship between them. This division continued throughout all levels of existence into the material world which we see all around us. You can start to see now, I hope, the amount and order of relationships we have in our cosmos.

Let us now put it on a more personal level. What relationships are there in your life? This is a big question as I am sure you will realise once you start to explore this question. We can start with the obvious, family, friends, work-mates, lovers. Now move on, everything you can see, hear, touch, taste or smell, will represent some kind of relationship for you to explore. Next consider deeper levels, what is your relationship with the animal kingdom, plants and trees, rocks and crystals. What about the Earth itself, elementals, angels, fairies. You will have your own list. As you explore your relationships, how do they make you feel and react, you will come to realise that you are exploring your own spirituality. As you develop your spirituality, you will see that you are in fact developing relationships and opening up to new relationships.

So if spirituality is relationships, to be spiritual is to be aware of and open to relationships. In a very simplistic sense a spiritual person is one who has a deep understanding of their own relationships and has an expanded set of relationships.

What then of spirit? To answer this is best done with an experiment, and you can do it in your head. Imagine or take two magnets, when you bring them close together, we all know what will happen, they will either attract or repel. Hold the magnets close enough to feel the magnetic force, but do not let them touch or push too far away. The magnets have a relationship between them and you are now sensing the power or force of this relationship. There is a similar force acting between all relationships, whether, physical, emotional or mental and this force is spirit. Try to make time to do this experiment with actual magnets and do it while meditating, you may well be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Consider now, that this force this spirit is everywhere, around us and within us. This force is what holds atoms together and keeps them apart. It guides the planets and the stars it fuels the Sun and it surges through our bodies. The four fundamental forces which are know to science are, gravity, electromagnetic, strong nuclear and weak nuclear. All these forces are forces of attraction or repulsion which is simply negative attraction. So we can in a sense call a unified field, attraction. I choose to call it spirit, you can call it love.