Spiritual Focus: A Way of Living Without Church
Post Election and I'm changing the focus of my newsletter
I am Mormon born. These questions are especially for me … and my fellow Mormons.
What does it mean for a human being to live spiritually?
How might we define Spiritual-Mindedness?
Do we need to belong to a church to feel religious?
Can we self-identify as individual human beings who are focused on goodness and moral integrity without performing as church-attenders?
To feel religious do we have to belong to a group of like-minded human beings who are “religious” together?
Can one find satisfaction in the privacy of one’s own thoughts – reflecting one’s own values by an outward behavior that is not intended to draw attention to one’s self?
Can we seek goodness for the sake of goodness?
Can we do this without a concern that others see us as good, worthy, or righteous (whatever that means?)
Is genuine moral living a focus on walking uprightly in reverence to all things?
If so, is genuine moral living something someone else needs to validate for us?
Shall we not then worry about our public self-portrait as an expression of conformity to someone else’s notions?
Shall we be our own persons, fully possessing ownership and proprietorship of how we live, what values we live by and all things we deem worthy of reverence?
Does a spirit-driven life need need be a system of chores, obligations and religious mechanics of motion by which a human being then feels “spiritual?”
Might the alternative to religious obligatory performance be a hunger for a non-verbal experience of the divine?
Might we be able and obligated to work out for ourselves the steps to achieve such an experience?
Is it spiritual to believe that we have a need to “perform” for visible peers who act on stage with us while invisible icons sit in a divine audience – perhaps creating invisible mental, emotional and spiritual “critiques” of our performance?
Must we worry about performance as a spiritual way of life?
Might we express performance in the organized, structured and scripted setting of our way of life in the following equation?
Obedience + Worthiness = Spirituality and Blessings
Are we who perform our living style aware that many religions, many systems of spiritual belief and many spirit-influenced cultures do not understand religion in any sense of performance pointed toward reward or fear of punishment?
If we are not able to define our own reality rather than let someone else do it for us, then ought we admit that such a reality is not our own?
Would it not be a reality that we have borrowed – a way of seeing life that has been “loaned” to us by someone else? As a loan, will not the lender only validate our use of loaned magic as we use it in ways approved by the lender?
Can we bring a certain sense of mystic-mindedness that does not rely merely on logic and provable fact but also with an internal feeling and perception that captures a sense of awe and wonder at being a part of life in some non-measurable way?
Why would it be significant to understand how we individually view reality in a spiritual sense?
Might there be a more personal way – driven by one’s own passion – to commune with the Divine in perceptual and conceptual ways one has created from one’s own personal soul-hunger?