Spiritual Direction

July 5, 2007

You are spiritual by nature which means that your inborn capacity to live within the meaning of human experience and participate in the development of consciousness is a process waiting to form over time. The depth, the extent to which this capacity forms, depends upon you. Spiritual illumination comes with honest effort — do not expect it to drop out of the sky or come in a special, hand-delivered envelope.

Where to start? The desire to grow in wisdom and understanding is a first step. At birth as you are trying to make sense of the everyday world, your spiritual awareness takes the opportunity to grow as meaning forms. Insight will evolve as you grow within a willingness to explore questions and change personal attitudes.

From your early days until the present, the ordinary world has offered endless opportunities to mature in a process of discovery leading to deeper insight into the mystery of Life. Because these experiences occur every day in the context of personal history, your interpretation of them plays a big part in the direction you take. Exploring the emotional history of your life can reveal the unresolved issues that might be delaying, distorting or misdirecting your natural desire to grow in Spirit. Problems, pain, human suffering of all kinds will strengthen your interior life if these are grounded in the attitude of personal accountability. Without honest self-evaluation, your spiritual path can seem to go around in circles.

You may choose a specific belief system within a religion to guide you, and you may rely upon your insight and personal experiences to deepen your spiritual journey. You may seek out life lessons found in literature, art, music, philosophy. There are many religions, many teachers, many spiritual disciplines to inspire, guide, inform your spiritual journey – all are vehicles to carry your process of developing awareness leading to your inner Wisdom. But finally the most important spiritual tools to take on you spiritual journey will be your attitude of interest, your openness to discovery, your willingness to discard fixed interpretations. These will allow you to choose the appropriate path as you direct yourself forward.

Trusting the emerging process of inner wisdom and its schedule for insight and inspiration was a 25 year project completed now as Our Journey to the Sky – A Guide to the process of Spiritual Formation. During this extended period, Mary K DeLurgio led hundreds of personal journal keeping, self exploration workshops and classes.

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4 Responses to “Spiritual Direction”

  1. Karla Says:

    Well I generally get a kick out of this kinda thing, but this one seems different. Yet on the other hand it did not really tell me anything I did not already know. But thanks anyway!

  2. Soham Das Says:

    Hi Maria,
    Your views reflect deeply as mine and in turn resonate in tune with the very idea of hindu spiritualism. Are you any way interested in it.
    I am a spiritual kind too, yet write more about human weaknesses and emotions as a whole and try to find my position in them rather than burying them.
    Will keep on following your scribes.

  3. Jackie R. Says:

    Hi Soham Das,

    Thanks for your comment.

    I would love to learn more about your hindu spiritualism too. You are welcome to post information right here.

    Yes I agree, we humans need to learn to be spiritual as this world is getting more chaotic despite of the improvement in technologies. We are all spiritual in nature so we need to learn the roots of our existence in this world. There is always a balance somewhere out there and all of us should strive to attain this balance, either personally or as a nation.

    Jackie R.

  4. Soham Das Says:

    Hi Maria,
    Hinduism as a whole is not a religion as such but its a way of life. Spirituality in its entirety doesnt actually reflect any strict do’s and dont’s but just gently nudges you around from the sharper points of life. Hinduism as such and Vedantic Hinduism(a more ancient form of it) urges us, to be happy not in the short term but in the long term. If we are mature enough to understand this that whatever action we take has repercussions resonating across ages, we will be wiser in which we take actions. For example say- I have the choice that if I take a certain action I will be better off but my society is hampered (say corruption) and on the other hand I dont do the same, where my society will be benefited but perhaps I will not be. Then the philosophy of Hinduism doesnt translate into the first choice. It reasons when the entire society is in throes how can we, being a part of the society be happy in the truest sense… Let me carry this onto a more material level, I am not an American but the actions of 9/11 has still resonated across time and space to affect my state of mind…the result, I am saddened by the apparent degeneration of human values….so the Hindu spiritualism is not what is found in the books on Hinduism but can be found in the most intricate pages of humanity…that of humanity itself.

    Thank You for being your time.


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