Spirituality in a Physical World

We are led to Believe a Lie
When we see not Thro the Eye
Which was Born in a Night to perish in a Night 
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light 
God Appears & God is Light
To those poor Souls who dwell in Night 
But does a Human Form Display
To those who Dwell in Realms of day

-Auguries of Innocence (William Blake)

I used to spend my life searching for spiritual experiences. Wherever I looked in the physical world, I saw the deep separation between God and man. I longed for the touch of divinity in a life that I perceived as earthly and mundane. I saw that the untamed human nature was selfish and proud, made mellower by brief encounters with divinity. I saw that everything in this world was impermanent and longed to find lasting joy and peace in another world. I lamented the spiritual void in physical life – the lost minutes and seconds lived without greater meaning and interpretation.

The truth is, God is not in another world, perceivable only in glimpses through fleeting moments of epiphany. In the dark night of the soul, I found my own light and it illuminated the truth. This world already holds all the love we ever need to find – we must give up all the worlds except the one to which we belong. The physical life is itself a spiritual experience, for without it we will never be able to come close to the true nature of God. Every minute aspect of human experience is a microcosm of the unfolding of the macrocosm of the universe. Ultimately, we are not human beings seeking a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience. Human experience is a gift from divinity.

© nightdawnday
p.s. Leave a comment if this resonated with you. I love to hear your stories!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. jjhiii24 says:

    I have struggled to come to terms with the compelling inner sense of a connection to the infinite that has appeared regularly in my writings these many years. I often struggle also with attempting to articulate this inner urging and to describe it in ways that can be appreciated by my readers. Of necessity as temporal beings, we often resort to temporal references in order to allude to that which cannot be described in temporal terms. The nature of life, temporal existence, the physical universe, and everything relevant to that existence cannot be described completely in terms belonging only to that physical existence. We have devised ways of referring to these other aspects of life and existence, particularly as they relate to our very human nature, and acknowledge them as existing in a domain far removed from the temporal–as far removed from the temporal plane as we are from the quantum world of the very small, and the farthest reaches of the physical universe. Although we are, in some important ways, defined by these two opposing aspects, the truth seems to reside somewhere in between them.

    I’m not entirely certain it is actually possible for us, even recognizing that we are spiritual beings having human experiences, that we able to “…perceive the true nature of God,” while existing in the physical universe. At best, perhaps we may find in our sense of existing simultaneously as both temporal and spiritual beings, that our own nature is a reflection of the ultimate nature of the divine.

    Lots of great reading here…I’m going to follow along too and appreciate your appreciation of my writing…John H.

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  2. Joshuto ∞ says:

    You are right that you cannot perceive the true nature of God.
    Hindu saints says it too because you are God. ‘Tat tvam asi’-Sanskrit words to express ‘you are that(God)’ itself you can become it. Perceiving needs mind and only in no-mind state you can become.

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  3. gaustin00 says:

    what an awesome post ! So blessed!

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  4. bobleckridge says:

    Great post. I recently read “The Emotional Mind” by Stephen Asma. It wasn’t an easy read but laid out the most recent thinking on Affective Neuroscience. He describes three types of emotion – Primary (basic needs like hunger, thirst etc), Secondary (involving the limbic system – the way we learn from experience) and Tertiary (involving the neocortex) – He describes these as “Spiritual Emotions”.
    Also, check out the beautiful videos on youtube which are part of the “Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” for fabulous examples of “tertiary emotions”.
    I have the feeling this is the way forward for understanding “spirituality in a physical world”…..but as Montaigne always said “Que sais-je?” (What do I know?)

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  5. I now see the divinity in every day physical life too. The funny thing is, I never sought spirituality, yet it found me quite profoundly. Thanks for popping by my blog.

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  6. jgarrott says:

    God is Spirit, and “in Him we live and move and have our being.” Thus, everything is spiritual, but we seldom perceive it properly. That’s why God gave us the Bible, to help us see through the lies that sound oh so nice.

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  7. When El Shaddai speaks He says, “Don’t be afraid! … He will love you and not accuse you!”
    Zephaniah 3:17

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  8. Thank you for liking my blog. It lead me to yours and I am grateful to connect with someone whose writing provides such depth of discourse and inspires me to share more profound musings. I look forward to reading more of yours.


  9. WB often offers valuable insights, but then he saw infinity in a grain of sand and invites us to look with physical sight – perhaps through microscope or telescope – to share that insight.
    Thanks for looking into Agnellus Mirror!

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  10. Shay says:

    This is beautiful!!

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  11. jacobp81 says:

    Wow that does resonate with me, very beautiful. Love the part: We are spiritual beings living a spiritual life. So true.


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