When one considers the subject of spirituality, one must also consider the subject of God. The two go hand in hand and are inseparable. Spirituality without God is like a plane coasting down the runway that never takes off to explore the sky. The topic of God, however, is so broad, diverse, and open to individual perception and interpretation that, aside from defining God as “the pure essence of intangible energy,” we won’t elaborate on it any further here. We’ll engage in a lengthy and in-depth discussion of what constitutes God, at least from the perspective of this University, in Volume One of our course and in the Hallway of Higher Learning. The intention of the University of Spirituality is to help students understand God from an individual perspective through individual spirituality, personal experience, human relations, and service to the greater good. At the beginning stages of spiritual education, attempting to understand God as the principle that governs the entire universe and all life is unrealistic and impractical. It is like the humorous scenario where the student fish asks the philosopher fish, “So what’s this ocean you keep talking about?” We will say that while the subjects of God and spirituality truly complement each other, you do not have to discuss them with anyone else unless you feel comfortable. Spirituality is a process of self-analysis and self-discovery, as is your perception of God. Feel free to discuss your views and experiences with others, but there is no need to convince any one of your perspectives. The pursuit of individual spiritual development is between you and God. It always has been and always will be.
Our goal here at the University of Spirituality is to teach awareness of the spiritual force of God at the individual level. Though we do offer guidance on prayer, meditation or communion, our function is only to bring awareness to these tools of enhancing a deeper connection with your spirit. In short, we cannot teach you how to pray. That is something you will have to learn yourself. We also offer guidance on affirmations to strengthen beneficial self-improvement habits and other practices, as well as other words and phrases to help you rid yourself of those all too common self-destructive habits. Though the University of Spirituality provides a wide array of informational guidance to help you to get in touch with what makes you tick, our function is more to help you help yourself in these areas. In a nutshell, you are the only one who can educate and develop your spirituality, and this endeavor can only be accomplished through strengthening and enriching the bond between you and your spirit. You already possess everything you need to change your field of perception from a “go-with-the-flow observer” to an “active participator” As an active participator, you will express more of the numerous and talented qualities you already have.
In the meantime, consider the basic rules of thumb Bodan has compiled when thinking of God as that pure essence of intangible energy.
The first rule of thumb—God is a self-reflective energy source, and that energy source is love. The heart of that energy source for the individual is within the soul.
The second rule of thumb – bring the understanding of God down to the individual level. At the early stages of the journey, attempting to understand God as the principle that governs the entire universe and all life is great for stimulating the imagination, but it’s unrealistic and impractical. Start small at a personal level. It’s like the humorous scenario where the student fish asks the philosopher fish, “So, dude, what’s this ocean you keep talking about?”
The third rule of thumb is to understand that the nature of God—as a self-reflective energy source—is internal rather than external. We expel far too much time and ‘energy’ searching outwardly for God, but God – in the big perspective – is incomprehensible.
The fourth rule of thumb – God is not strictly male, but female as well. Historically, God is referred to using the generic application of He, His and Him and for the most part, it still is. Let’s get with the program people. The feminine aspect of God as Goddess or Divine Mother has lost prominence in many cultures. God embodies both masculine and feminine ideals. This is the new millennium, and equality should be first and foremost on our list.
Speaking of equality brings us to The fifth rule of thumb. A significant prerequisite for developing one’s spirituality is to truly understand and embrace the law of equal rights. If you don’t, then you will not evolve as a human being, let alone have success in pursuing any sort of spiritually oriented endeavor, which means that your journey homeward is going to be riddled with potholes. Discrimination has no place in spirituality. Right relations among all peoples are important.