What Does it Mean to be Spiritual?

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Spirituality emerged as a fundamental guidepost in Wholeheartedness. Not religiosity but the deeply held belief that we are inextricably connected to one another by a force greater than ourselves--a force grounded in love and compassion. For some of us that's God, for others it's nature, art, or even human soulfulness.

~ Brené Brown

I have read many definitions of spiritual. It is not a term that can be described succinctly in a sentence. There are parts to it and those parts require context. 

Part One – Personal

The definition of spiritual is something related to or concerned with the spirit or the soul. When you are more concerned with the state of your soul than with material things, this is an example of a situation where you would be described as a spiritual person.

This isn’t to say that a spiritual person isn’t concerned with material things at all or that they can’t be interested in material things, but they put their concern for the state of the soul above a monetary value. For example, they feel compelled to act with integrity rather than taking the easy way out–working for a company that pays less but demonstrates morality and fairness over a high paying job that sacrifices ethics and morals to make money.

Part Two – Cosmological

The spiritual cosmology believes that all things in the Universe are connected on the soul and energetic level by a force greater than ourselves grounded in love and compassion. When we harm one person/ animal/ forest, we are actually harming the whole system and there will be ripple effects felt far and wide.

Part Three – Engagement

Living as a spiritual person means living an examined life. What motivates my actions and behavior? Am I choosing those actions and behaviors because they are good for me and the world or am I playing out a program created earlier in life that was born in fear or trauma?

The only way we can fulfill our commitment to the healthy state of our soul is to become conscious of our motivations and reactions. Once aware we can choose to change and heal the ones that harm us or others.

Our Cultural Environment

Society at large handed us a script the day we were born, and for a while we are compelled to follow that script, despite the fact that it doesn’t honor our souls and in many ways lacks integrity. But when we realize the script is harmful to a majority of the people making up society we can begin to write our own script and find a deep contentment and peace that we are honoring our soul.

Our Own Empowerment

When we follow our own script we find our empowerment. Looking deeper into our existence to find what truly satisfies our appetites. Learning how to discern our truth from The Truth by how it feels in our body. This is where confidence and faith come from and how we learn to feel safe in the world instead of afraid.

Being a spiritual person isn’t about being nice or happy, it is a commitment to being honest and true to our soul. It is, in fact, a decision to unlearn what harms us and makes us feel shameful and guilty, in order to figure out what makes us feel proud and safe.

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About the Author

Laura Rowe is an Intuitive Strategist & Spiritual Seeker at The Vital Spirit. Living in Portland, Oregon, Laura founded The Vital Spirit in 2013. She has a background in business operations, a master’s degree in organizational management, and she has spent the last 35 years studying spiritual traditions and practices, and the last 12 years training in intuitive energy healing modalities.

Laura helps empaths and sensitives who have struggled their whole life with belonging. Explore How We Can Work Together