Recently there has been an incredible amount of instances that I have seen where what could have been reasonably minor incident with minimal consequences to the people involved that skyrocketed into intensely stressful situations simply because the single person that caused the event refused to take responsibility. So it has set me back to thinking, if there is one thing that can lead a person to Spirituality, what would it be?
True Spirituality is not just about believing in something bigger or greater than ourselves. Spirituality is about finding Peace, finding Love on a scale so grand it is beyond our conscious comprehension. Spirituality is something we can feel internally, and spreads outward into the world, as the Love from the World shares itself with us. It’s not a belief about a person, or a specific doctrine or practice. The doctrines, practices and rituals are developed out of the Love that we feel and share with each other, the world and the Spirit.
One of the best practices we have for finding the Peace and Love from the Spirit is to be at peace with ourselves. Often, we lose that Peace, that centeredness when we feel that something is wrong. Either we were wronged by another person, or we committed a wrong to them. If the other person wrongs us, we can’t change their actions, nor can we force them to accept responsibility. We can forgive them for our own benefit, and choose different actions in the future to avoid the same situation. But if we wrong them, we can choose to set the example by taking proper accountability. We can recognize how our actions affected them, and apologize. The apology is not just for them to know that we acknowledge what we did, it is also so that we acknowledge to ourselves how our actions affected someone else and we can take appropriate steps in the future to ensure that we don’t do the same thing again. It is through this process that we not only forgive ourselves, but it is also our process to finding peace internally.
The more we practice taking accountability for how we affect others, the easier it becomes, and the easier it is for us to find peace. The more we find our internal peace, the more connected to the Spirit we become. Through this process, we can spread our Love and Peace through the Spirit and help heal the world.