A thesis on spirituality

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INTRODUCTION  

We live in times of great fear and concerns about the future of humanity and our environment and more and more under these pressures and the pressures placed on us by work, money and materialism, we are seeing greater numbers of people looking for something more than just the short term rewards and happiness promised to us through money and materialism. People are looking more for longer term happiness, Greater contentment and a more peaceful and blissful existence free from the stresses of life. This book is my perception of what spirituality means and is defined by myself as an average person, seeking to cut through the seemingly complex explanations offered by many through philosophical thoughts and observations, that often can be seen by many as over thought and unduly complicated to understand. There are times when people wish to be guided through these complexities in a more simpler way, that they may find easier to understand and relate too and which resonates with their lives but that most of all they can relate too. Spiritualism is in the main quite simple to understand but can be more difficult to practice when you live a difficult life, filled with stress, work and restricted by time constraints. However this has not stopped myself from the practice and can be a very effective way of changing your lifestyles and how you deal with the demands on it.  So please read and enjoy with an open and adventurous mind, that seeks to awaken your conscious mind and that encourages you to think outside box and strive for change. 

AWAKENING 

There are many who will look towards spirituality and feel that their route to it is less because they many not have had a spiritual awakening that transformed them suddenly. This is something not to get hung up on. Many people come to spirituality slowly after looking at other experiences out there. It may be gradual and require some work but that which is earned hard we learn most from. Another route to spiritual awakening can occur through loss or life changing events happening. This is not to be seen as a wrong reason to be spiritual either. The fact and the truth is quite simple, it does not matter what route you take, the journey you travelled, what matters that you get there, because discovering or rediscovering your spirituality, discovering you light and your love for self and all things is the most important thing. We are all unique and so are our journeys and our paths to spirituality. Whether you see that as an awakening or just a state of thought and being is entirely up to you. Spirituality is truly the most existential state of being. It is unlike religion with it’s dogma and rules, however the beauty of it being so existential is that if you want to incorporate a certain type of religion into it, then that’s your choice. This emphasises and echoes the sentiments just stated, that it is your experience to create as you will. Spirituality is about ultimately being a good, kind, compassionate, loving, peaceful individual offering help to others, seeking to spread these attributes among our fellow beings so as to reach for and evolve to a better more harmonious state of living, that seeks to bring about equality for all, a unified state of being amongst the whole of humanity. Spirituality is a route to change within you the individual. It does not ask or expect you to change the world. That task is too great for any one single person but that through changing ourselves individually the world will change one person at a time. With this in mind, we need to realise and understand anything is possible but that all change starts within us and that what we put out there will resonate with others around us and hopefully makes them question how they are living. Yes, others may try and undermine what you believe, yes, they may try and ridicule your beliefs, through ignorance and lack of understanding but you know that even if you find yourself alone and that others have left you, the path and the light is the place to be. Through spiritual practices available you will discover a life of suffering is avoidable and is not a default consequence of living. My aim though, is not to sell you spirituality, but too show you how it can work and what it offers. In the end this guide is here simply to open the door within you and show you around, whether you decide to keep it open and reside there is a choice only you can make.  

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