It’s common for us to refer to things related to God as spiritual—of the spirit—the unseen, underlying creative force of the universe. But when we do this we limit ourselves and confuse our “spiritual” thinking.
It’s commonly accepted that God is omnipresent—God exists everywhere at all times. It’s also commonly accepted that there exist many realms, some of which we can detect with our five senses and others of which we’re unaware. When physicists talk about String Theory they postulate the existence of 11, 12 or more realms.
However many realms there are, God exists equally throughout all of them. God is as much the computer monitor you’re looking at right now as the unseen creative force underlying the universe. God didn’t just create the raw materials to make the monitor, the monitor is of God, as are you and I.
By relegating God to the spiritual only, we deny the divinity of our every day existence. When we say something is spiritual, we imply that other things, the things we can perceive with our five senses—the physical universe—are not spiritual. We forget the miraculousness of this universe, of this amazing planet we live on, of the entire physical world and all the life that inhabits it, of our own lives. We lose our sense of awe and wonder and appreciation.
For most of us living our lives on a day to day basis, the physical world seems fairly commonplace and mundane. This is not because it is not divine, it is because we have become numb to its divinity. Through lack of awareness we have normalized our existence. Yet we always have the option of choosing the alternative—to see the divine in all things through applied and refocused awareness.
Rather than “spiritual,” try using the word “sacred.” The dictionary defines sacred as “Entitled to veneration by association with divinity; holy.” It can encompass everything we chose it to—spiritual and physical. And it reminds us that everything is of God. By applying the concept of the sacred, which applies to all of creation (not just the spiritual), we have constant reminders of the presence of God, wherever we turn, every minute of every day. We no longer relegate God to the realm of the unseen. By applying awareness of the scared, we gradually gain a new appreciation for, and awe of, the mind-boggling miraculousness of our existence in this astounding universe.Print This Post