“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Instead of searching for a spiritual experience, we need to look inward for our spiritual self. One definition of the spirit is a mediator between the body and soul. The goal of this mediation is to bring the body and soul into harmony and unity. Embracing one’s spiritual self and delivering the harmonious and united result into the human experience gives each of us the opportunity to fully immerse in the human experience without risking the loss of self. Thus our harmonious self is grounded, stable and secure and at the same time open to the unique opportunities that present themselves.
Looking outwardly for the thing that already resides within ultimately will be futile and we will miss the very things that are present in the moment. We discover the joy of the human experience when we plunge into life with abandon and wonder which live in the spiritual self. This too, like selflessness, demands thought and contemplation to bring the detached parts of our body and soul together. Becoming our best selves is not for the faint of heart as it takes work and a dedication to discovery and change.
The rewards for this effort are limited only by the opportunities we seize within the human experience. This rich full life we seek begins within and comes to fruition as we take our inner resources and use them to the greatest benefit for those we find in our path.