Spiritual Intention

Part 3 of 9 in the series Spirituality

LISN believes that your spiritual meaning is embedded within you, and it is not LISN’s intent to guide or push with an agenda.

It is useful, though, for you to consider the things that make life worthwhile for you, or that you seek.

Please read the following categories to get a feel for which drives are important for you, then select your choices in the interactive question survey (IQS) below. This will help the LISN algorithm to link you with those in a similar stage or intent.

The headings below contain one thing in common:
they show that seekers are not satisfied with only the material side of life, and wish to move beyond this limitation.

PURPOSE / DIRECTION.

Whether you are on the top of the wheel of material life or on the bottom, there is an underlying sense of dissatisfaction, limitation, and emptiness. Some people are sensitive to this, others aren’t, or they try to fill this up by chasing external goals endlessly. Spirituality is a search for meaning, for purpose and direction in life. It fulfils our need to have a foundation for living, a path or way of life in the light of a larger context. It speaks to the need to be “aligned” with something bigger than our body and mind.

ONENESS / LOVE / CONNECTION.

This speaks to our sense of separation and incompleteness. Because it is painful, we seek connection and love – either in a community, or in being one with the universe, or connecting with the Divine (whatever shape this may take). To feel complete, we crave to receive and give unconditional love, which brings a sense of total acceptance and of happiness in being alive. This search can also manifest as returning to the source, to God, or to a sense of sacredness.

GROWTH.

There is an innate drive in many of us to evolve, to improve, to push the boundaries, reach our full potential. The drive to continuously grow and learn, live a life authentic to our truth, develop our mind, cultivate virtues, and expand our consciousness.

ANSWERS / TRUTH.

Questions like “Who am I?”, “Why are we here?”, and “What else is there?” together with a drive to understand how life works and to learn about ourselves. For some this takes the form of understanding, absorbing, and becoming one with the absolute Truth.

HAPPINESS / PEACE / OVERCOME SUFFERING.

Suffering is the initial door of spirituality for many people. When our mind depends on external things for happiness, its experience of happiness will be inconstant, unreliable, impermanent – just like external causes are. It has been rightly coined as “stock market happiness”. Since suffering is a mental phenomenon, and spiritual practices are a means to transform one’s mind, it is a wise way of seeking a better life. Hence, there is the drive to seek happiness and peace internally. Or to at least to diminish the suffering that we are experiencing. Spirituality helps us gain balance, independence from external cases, and a greater appreciation of life.

TRANSCENDENCE / ENLIGHTENMENT.

Different traditions describe enlightenment differently. But the common theme is that it is a state of transcendence from the human condition, beyond all possibility of further suffering. There is a radical and permanent shift in our perception and experience of the world, and a moving beyond the sense of being an individual, or a person. It’s the urge to experience ultimate peace or freedom, to find the ultimate reality of who we are, transcend the ego, or “merge with God”.

EXPLORATION / MYSTERY.

Diving into one’s own consciousness and exploring other aspects of reality is something that speaks to our thirst for knowledge, experience, and adventure. Learning the mysteries of life and nature, exploring the sacred, and living with a sense of wonder.

BEING ONE’S SELF & HAVING FUN

Real spontaneity in our day allows us to live outside the rut of routine, and highlights humor, being able to have fun and enjoy what we are doing, both for self and for others.

SERVING.

The urge to serve people in a deeper level, making a big difference in their life, and helping to lift human experience and awareness.

Which ones appeal to you personally?

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