I Wonder-What Does a Spiritual Person Look Like?

What are your beliefs?

Have you ever wondered what it means to be a spiritual person? I mean in everyday life…not as some guru in satsang, or the Pope sitting in the Vatican, or a Buddhist monk praying in a temple…

Many of us are born into families who hand their religious beliefs and practices down to us. We may attend church, a synagogue or temple; and we may also attend a parochial school in which these beliefs are shared daily.

Some of us are born into families with no formal religious teachings. We grow up in a scientific environment where there is no room for imaginary powers, only the Universe and its reality to focus on. These agnostic or atheistic beliefs grasp us early in our development.

Growing up Catholic I often wondered, as a child and adolescent, what my relationship was with God and Jesus; if my love for God would eventually lead me to a path of devotion, like the nuns that taught weekly Catechism; or if He would lead me to a different career of service to others.



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An Unrivaled Intimacy

I was a very curious and observant child. My mother told me stories of how I would stand quietly and unobtrusively watching what was happening-not speaking, but fully attentive. I believe I still have these qualities. I love to observe the world around me and fully engage in it. My curiosity is piqued when I sense that there is a presence nearby and I can feel the connection with that omniscient power.

It is this intimate contact that allows me to be aware of the loving benevolence which I know as God. I am sure it is very different for each of us, but I would like to share with you that it is the most loving, supportive relationship I have experienced. When I am quiet, and my mind is not dominating my attention with distracting chatter, I am aware of the dynamic energy that is warm, flowing and fully present.

It brings to my work creativity. It brings to my ‘self’ confidence. It fills my heart with love, openness and joy. When I experience the vast expansiveness of this beauty, I am grateful beyond words. I cannot ignore it as if it is not real. It is more real than the faltering ego’s attempts to bolster it up with images of what it thinks it is to be human.


The World is a Frightening Place

Sometimes, in the business of everyday living-the noise, the traffic jams, the stress of job, home, illness, it would be easy to get distracted from this knowing-of-spirit. However, as we turn our attention away from the flame of spirit, our suffering increases.

How lonely and afraid we are travelling through life without a steadfast friend; pretending to be grown up and feeling like scared little children. There is so much sickness in the world because we have forgotten that we are love.

I have grown to trust this Presence. It wasn’t always that way. I struggled to believe that there could be such a thing as unconditional love; that there is a Being that is this unconditional love and that I am that as well. I did not believe; I tested and controlled; I created conflict for myself daily when I resisted and did not surrender to what was enfolding me should I allow for it.

But, what I discovered along the way of stumbling, falling, and hitting the bumps along the road, is that I can depend on this love to always be there, to never falter, and to want only the best for me each and every time.

That is a staggering realization; an amazing experience and fact of life. We only have to stop our distraction from what we already know, but have forgotten, to experience the peace and harmony of life. Yet, it appears to be a best kept secret.



And then, there is Love...

When it finally occurred to me that no matter how much I tried, this love was not going to go away, it was not going to give up on me, it would never turn its back because I did something that my mind perceived as unworthy, it was a mind-boggling thought. How could ordinary me deserve so much love and constant attention? How can any of us mere mortals be worthy of this? But, the truth, as I came to know, is that we do deserve and we are worthy just because…just because we are who we are-manifestations of the Divine Love.

Mine has been an incredible journey away from and back to the source of all that is. We each have our own story and our own journey to discover our individual relationships with the spirit that energizes our human bodies. In our daily living we practice being more of who we are as Divine Beings, or more of who we are as lost children. The choice is ours.

As for me, I revel in the intimate knowing of Divine Self; I am humbled by the grace that has touched my life; and I sing praise for the countless moments of ‘now’ that allow me to experience all that life has to offer and the peace that arises from that.

I wish you all pleasant travels on this road to nowhere and everywhere.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was a beautiful description of your spiritual beliefs and the intimate, loving, accepting and supportive relationship you feel with God.

Thanks so much for sharing it.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Denise,

A refreshing look at spirituality! I really enjoyed it, thank you.

Cloverleaf


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good morning Gail and Cloverleaf. It is always amazing to me this writing process. As I sat down late last night to write what I thought was going to be my contribution to the weekly hub topic things took a different turn.

It is almost like the 'auto' writing process. Whatever it is, I have learned to just go with it and not resist. What ends up is usually something that would not have turned out the same way had I written it from my analytical mind. It is sweet.

Thanks for your comments.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Denise,

Your hub is beautiful. Unconditional love is what I believe in, too. I also believe, as you referred to above, that we should "pay it forward." I feel so peaceful after reading your hub. Voted Up, useful, beautiful, and awesome - all your qualities. :-)


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Hi Denise,

This was the first thing I read today, what a nice way to begin the day! I was brought up to decide myself, my father was Catholic, and my mother was Dutch Reform, a very repressive religion, so both left their churches. I still think their is an energy--or love, as you so well put it, that makes the universe flow and guides us. I'm reading lectures by Alan Watts lately. He was an Episcopalian minister, who realized his congregation no longer believed that God was an old man who gave up his son (though everyone agrees Jesus was special, maybe his message misinterpreted)during the 60's. He began studying Eastern relgions, and its so interesting. Already taking the form of some hubs. I know what you mean about writing, I have sat down to write one thing, and something completely different comes out! Best wishes. Jean


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

You are one of the more spiritual people I know and I appreciate all I've learned from you.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

You have an amazing capacity for expressing yourself and for voicing your innermost beliefs. This is a very beautiful and well-written hub, Denise.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Denise, I share your spirituality. Thank you for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Susan, thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I'm happy to know that you have felt peace from this reading. Good to see you...I was just mentioning you to my daughter Cara tonight, as a matter of fact. (Hubber: cardelean) about your hair incident, LOL

Jean, thank you for reading and commenting. Alan Watts is a name I am familiar with also. I will check out your hubs.

Danette-that is very sweet of you to say. I appreciate that. I think we are all here to learn from each other. I've learned many things from you that have assisted me in my life; and many things about myself through our relationship. :)

Hi Stephanie-thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your comments.

Ruby-I know we have many things in common...I'm not surprised that this is one of them.

Many Blessings, my friends. Thanks for stopping by...


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lone77star 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

What ancient memories do stir within,

Quiet stillness, warm and free from sin

Love

Caress

Bliss

This

The awakening giant shrugs off the blanket of forgetfulness, feeling the father's loving touch,

just as it always was.

Sweet rescue

Take me away from this

When the time is right

And the moment true.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Beautiful, lone77star, absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your touching words. God bless...


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I'm very religious person, look at me. LOL

But on serious note, religiosity is actually not how we look but how we think and behave. Your article is thought provoking.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL Vinaya-yes, I am looking; I see you...I see not what your religion is but what is beyond the structured dogma. When I look at you I see the Light of your Spirit shining. We all possess this Light. While alive, and even after our bodies come to rest, this Light continues to shine. Thank you for reading and leaving your comments. Many blessings...


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Denise, thanks for following, I'll love to follow you back. I'm a Hindu and I practice Vajrayana Buddhism. Over the days I'll be writing more of my religious hubs. I also try to see beyond religious dogmas. I believe, reading more from you will be very enlightening.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, Vinaya. I will look forward to reading your work. I have a few other hubs that cover my spiritual beliefs and experiences: Silence, a meditation experience; My Spiritual Journey-Four Teachers I have met along the way; Soul Work-Joy (which received a Hubnugget Award); The Simplicity of Being; Johari


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

That last one, Vinaya, was supposed to read: Haresh Johari-A man of many talents. These are some of the hubs I've written from my own experiences. I also notice that you are a poet. I have some poetry as well.

Thanks for the following.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Dear, i am happy reading this piece. I learnt that being spiritual is not a matter of showy display. It is a thing born out of a good mind to be examplary, truthful in the right sense and to do what is right. It is such a good thing to be truly spiritual not by mere words but by action. Another fantastic hub from a talented queen. Bless you. I voted accordingly


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England

Hi Denise,

What a beautiful hub...and equally beautiful words from "lone77star." :0)

Yes, I grew up Catholic, and am making sure my daughter gets at least as far as her first communion...but without the shame! I'll be teaching her the prayers she needs to know by then, and then let her mostly experience the spirit of Unconditional Love on her own terms. :0)

My family and I (my husband was raised Presbyterian) attend a UU church that has such a spirit of love....and though it doesn't display physical symbols of Christianity, the Spirit of Love is totally there...and I don't need such outward manifestations. I hold what is best about being Christian in my heart.

One of my hubs is about an encounter with that spirit of Unconditional Love, and here is the link:

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Angel-in-M...

Thank you for your sharing your bright spirit in this lovely hub!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Ubani-thank you for your comments. You are a strong man-inside and out. Bless you.

Hi Seafarer Mama-thank you for the link and kind words. I appreciate you stopping by to read. I'll check out your hub too. :)


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

great hub Denise - I always consider myself to be spiritual rather than religious. voted up awesome and interesting.


Joyce 5 years ago

well,the One true God is not a "religion"..He is Almighty God and is all about a love relationship with His human creations..and we can have a Father-Child spiritual relationship with Him through His (incarnate) Son ,Jesus,the Christ..the union of Divinity with humanity is in/through Jesus Christ !first time I have read your blog ,the views are interesting.. :) ( John 3:16,the Holy Bible)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hey Annie, I believe you are...thanks for the vote.

Hello Joyce, thank you for stopping by to read and share your views. I invite you back to read other work.


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Dyhannah 5 years ago from Texas

Denise, I am glad you directed me to this hub. Thank you for sharing your experiences with Presence. I can really relate to your story. I can become so distracted with work and stress of life and like you I am reminded when I am open - really open as you described in "An Unrivaled Intimacy"


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Dyhannah, glad that you followed the suggestion. Nice to meet you and I'm really excited that you are sharing your experiences here on HP.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Beautiful. You are a wonderful example for us all.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow! Thanks, hon. I appreciate the read-I know how busy you are. XO


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Denise - This is one of my favorite hubs. You have voiced so much of my own beliefs. I particularly loved this: " I revel in the intimate knowing of Divine Self; I am humbled by the grace that has touched my life; and I sing praise for the countless moments of ‘now’ that allow me to experience all that life has to offer and the peace that arises from that ". Thank you again adn again. Big thumbs up!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Audrey-your comments mean so much to me. Thank you. Hugs to you.


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yusefblack 5 years ago

Denise,

This is beautiful. The comments were a good read as well!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks yusefblack. I appreciate that you read all the way through the comments as well! Here is the hub about apologizing that you mentioned: Hope it helps.

http://hubpages.com/relationships/6-Tips-on-How-to...


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Denise,

It would seem that we have some similarity in backgrounds...that of being raised Catholic and both of us becoming nurses. I consider myself to be very spiritual and realize that there is good in all the faiths that people hold dear from around the world. To me there is simply not just one correct way, but many ways to make our individual journeys to the next life. Hopefully we are guided with loving people surrounding us...but in any case ultimately the decisions we make are our own. Your spirituality shines throughout this entire article. I feel a warm glow from you in reading this!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good morning Peggy-yes, indeed we share a similar background. I appreciate you taking the time to read and for leaving such a kind comment. Thank you.


stessily 5 years ago

Denise: Although your journey to light, love, and peace may not have always flowed smoothly, your recapturing of the essence of what you have learned (and continue to learn) flows like a sun-dappled stream. On such a journey, the peace of love and all of its gifts, including forgiveness and gratitude, are a constant presence. In life we are in the midst of love.

Thank you for sharing this journey in a clear yet poetic style.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi stessily-I've been away from the computer for several days and am just now addressing comments. Sorry for the delay.

Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. I agree-we are in the midst of love, because we are love. It is 'all around' because it is what all is made of-us included.

I have been fortunate to know that pain is sometimes the teacher and have no real regrets, even when my mind believes that regrets are present.

Thank you for your comments that validate the work moving through me and presenting itself with clarity. :)


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Melovy 5 years ago from UK

Thanks for this lovely hub. It was great to read it this morning, as I need reminding of this often, especially this part:

"That is a staggering realization; an amazing experience and fact of life. We only have to stop our distraction from what we already know, but have forgotten, to experience the peace and harmony of life.”

And this part "I created conflict for myself daily when I resisted and did not surrender to what was enfolding me should I allow for it.”


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Melovy-thank you for reading and offering some valid feedback. I appreciate that. I'm glad you found it an inspirational reminder. Best to you. I enjoyed chatting with you on email. :)


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Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

Denise, this is an incredible post! Thanks for sharing. Just from your writing and comments I get the sense that you have an inner peace and comfort about life. Any religion with people like you is bound to gain followers (because I believe that's the way God intended us to live). Thanks for the post!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Robert-thanks for your feedback. I'm enjoying your work as well. Namaste.


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Greenheart 4 years ago from Cambridge

We are love, indeed. To give love,fully, and receive it, fully and eternally, that is a great overcoming, and and always present reality. A great paradox!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Gaven, thanks for taking time to read this hub and leave your thoughtful comment. You've been on my mind lately, so it is nice to see we connected here. I will take a moment when I can free myself up from my schedule to go to your site once more. Take care.


Kerry43 4 years ago

I love turning to your hubs to start my day. This is a beautiful piece. I especially relate to this paragraph:

"I have grown to trust this Presence. It wasn’t always that way. I struggled to believe that there could be such a thing as unconditional love; that there is a Being that is this unconditional love and that I am that as well. I did not believe; I tested and controlled; I created conflict for myself daily when I resisted and did not surrender to what was enfolding me should I allow for it."

Over the past 10 years, I have had to awaken to save my own sanity. I am glad I had the strength to look to something that I now understand I am a part of.

Blessings...


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Kerry, what a lovely comment to make. I'm happy that these written words resonate with your heart and soul. I can certainly relate to your statement about the need to awaken for your own sanity. I feel the same way. I cannot imagine how my life used to be and it is a true blessing.

Namaste, my friend.

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