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Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Sunday Quote of The Week...

"We are not human beings having
a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having
a human experience"

The quote is by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), the French philosopher and Jesuit priest.

I woke today like most Sunday where I don’t make it to church -lately I am again having a hard time making it to churchL- and don’t have to go to work. I turn on my TV while still in bed and watch Super Soul Sunday on OWN. Today was a great discussion and at the end Oprah asked her guest what is his favourite quote of all time and he said "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”. Uh? What does this mean? What???

So I sat and started to think about this quote and what comes in my mind is all those little sentences, says, you hear or say over and over again without really understanding the meaning of them. Sentence like “When I die I want to come back as…”, “This is déjà vu”, or ‘I must have been….in my past life” and I think about the good old KARMA… Yes I start to think about the concept of karma, which I summarize by one's actions in the past have shaped one's present reality, and one's actions in the present will in turn influence one's future. This law of karmic interconnection operates in permanency, carrying over from one lifetime to the next and remaining with one in the dormant state between death and rebirth. Because of Karma I believe that we are what we are and where we are in direct response to thoughts and past actions. My everyday situations and predicaments are opportunities for understanding, for growth and improving my life, myself for better tomorrow. Since I do believe in karma it is easy for me to agree with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s quote (those frenchies are so smart. LOL!)

So in believing in life before life and life after life, I consequently believe we are spirits. 
We definitely aren't human beings having a spiritual experience, because not all human beings have spiritual experiences. For me a spiritual experience is the experience of being visited or recognizing whole heartedly that there is a power greater than you that have an immediate, direct impact on you, your life, and your soul. The latter speaks my truth.
Not all of us in the human form believe in spirituality and the connection with God. I believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. I AM a spirit, and I live in a human body…now.  In the present, I am immersed in a human experience. My spirit will live on long after my human body is gone. I am aware that I am not a mere material being, I am a spiritual being pursuing my growth and learning to strengthen qualities like kindness, understanding, love, truthfulness, compassion, and justice

From the time we are able to comprehend life and its cycle we know that today is temporary, we know we are all born and we all will die…the key is to find the purpose, our purpose. And boy, there is a big gap between understanding that concept and putting it all in use.  Depending on how long our experience will be in this life, we eat and sleep, work and play, we acquire responsibilities we have to take care of (bills, children, home…), manage relationships, on and on… And in the midst of all of that our spirits are growing and being shaped. We learn and explore, we open up, we shut down, we experience grief, we experience healing, and hopefully through the many ups and downs of our internal experience we learn what’s most important which is to love.

To be human means to be governed by your senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing).
To be spiritual means to be governed by ethics and morals, to have strong spiritual beliefs that govern your behaviour. I like to think that I am not one of those being governed by my senses and am trying to be spiritual, I am a being who is in fact spiritual and who also have 5 senses.

“Philosophy of religion teaches that the need of God is a valid and inborn human need”… Something else to think about…

Have a great Sunday you all!
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