Dogma, ritual and rhetoric have confused the issues of spirituality in our lives. Too often, our time for contemplation and openness is spent on studying rules, regulations, and interpretations of the theories that others have conjured up. Many spend inordinate amounts of time searching for the true meaning rather than living life itself. This syndrome has been manufactured through the way that spirituality has been presented to us. Religion, which is credited with the establishment of civilization, has often been the very center of why we individually do not find our greatest purpose. Community is a necessity and spiritual organizations play a major role in formulating this vital arena. We must never forget that for community and society to further itself we as people must open up our possibilities to greater spiritual practice.
Practice is not that which we do on a regular basis but that which we do to discover and employ more open potential. True freedom of spirit can only be achieved through the sow but sure evolving process, which allows our burdens and handicaps to become that of the past. When these anchors, which prevented a larger view, are gone, we can see much more through the eyes of our hearts. Your heart is the birthplace of spiritual thought and your head can be the enforcer of spiritual practice. Too often the second is where we stumble, and our instinctual feeling of acceptance is halted at the implementation point of thought and action. Reflecting back this intellectual process can be caused, partially or fully by the dogma, ritual and rhetoric that organized “spiritual dispensers” formulated. In no way can we suggest that organizational religion is without merit. And in no way can we suggest that many participants have not found a way to put true spirit into practice. In all cases where this occurs, those individuals have grown from the community and created their own understanding through true reflection.
Here at Hippocrates Health Institute for nearly half a century out mission has been to guide the individual into her/his highest purpose. In doing so it has been a voyage of discovery where continually new doors are opened and greater understandings manifest themselves. Diet being that which can ignite your biological chemistry to harbor a clean and strong instinct and intellect is fundamental in spiritual pursuits. The acceptance of the body through exercise, employing the organs and releasing debris, strengthening the structure and muscle through resistance training, brings one the healthy vehicle, which allows the spiritual process to fully reside.
The mind, which is not only the mechanics of the brain but all bodily activities including hormones, cells, and organs harmonizing together to create those images that we structure our beliefs, experiences, realities and actions through can be placed on a pure track to healthy spiritual action when, ad only when, we no longer need discipline of thought. These three fundamental processes, which have been here from the beginning of humanity, are greatly overlooked in the pursuit of spirit and life. Interestingly enough, in the study of religion there have been enormous efforts made to guide people into the development of physical and mental harmony. Any serious seeker of her/his higher purpose must relish the importance of body-mind elements to fully gain their own desired spiritual result.
Over the last several decades’ western culture, with all of our creature comforts and loss of direction, has finally acknowledged that we are confused and are now on a pilgrimage to find ourselves again. In this pursuit there are many offering the quick resolve to our spiritual dilemma. One must understand that all theology is the perception and pursuit of those dispensing this guidance. When we become astute in our own quest to find purpose and reason we are like the shopper who reads all of the labels, gains all of the insight and then assembles their own product. Anyone who discourages this freedom of the personal spirit is the opposite of a spiritual thinker. We must not get caught up in commercialized spirituality. In fact our goal should be to find the essence of spirit no matter what vehicle it arrives in. Human experience has historically given us the perception that all is problematic and inevitably faulty. When developing the sense of strength that spiritual living brings, your perception will change and you will realize that all has its inherent wisdom and we can harvest inspiration from these experiences.
Hopefully, you are in the process of self-improvement with the ultimate goal being to become part of a greater purpose. This is Spirituality. Not for the reason of gaining higher understanding or greater prestige but for the reason of fulfilling humanity’s mission. Free will is in us and only us, the captain ship of this planet we all reside on and our future depends on our ability to find the right course for the heart. This work is the most important that any of us has to do during our lives and if you conclude that every action can be a spiritual one, then the ease of finding spirit prevails.