Are You Aspiring To Be Spiritual?

Consciousness reaches into every aspect of life. All our divisions between inner and outer exist so that we can make sense of two worlds which seem to be separate. Eventually they merge, and as that occurs, a person ceases to be a cause for private change and turns into a cause for universal change.

In a mysterious way, to act is to express the universe, and like the still point of the revolving world, each act is both in time and outside it.

Spiritual people aspire to be in both places, timebound and timeless. In India this is sometimes expressed as “the lamp at the door”–your soul is poised, as if on a threshold between the everyday events that occur in time and the background of the unchanging, infinite absolute.

The reason this is important is that if you can live from the level of your soul, you are doing something very special. It doesn’t really matter what actions you take. The important thing is how much consciousness you add to the whole of human existence, for that is how eternity expresses itself, like a lamp shining in through the window of eternity.

A great soul like Buddha or Jesus wasn’t just a lamp at the door; they were beacons. You and I may feel smaller than Buddha or Jesus, yet that is an opinion formed by our egos. Spiritually, all the light being expressed through a human being is equal, at least in terms of quality.

Why? Because light is a metaphor for the power of consciousness. Everyone’s consciousness draws from the same underlying reality. But it doesn’t really matter if history will remember you as a great soul. At this moment you are expressing the entire universe through your consciousness.

The cosmic plan, whether we call it divine or not, doesn’t need you or me to reach its ultimate fulfillment. Yet the parts you and I play are unique. No one can duplicate them. We make our own cosmic history every second.

Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

80 comments

Elisa Faulkner- Uriarte
Elisa F.3 years ago

Thank You Deepak. Your words of wisdom enlighten me.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thank you!

Jane H.
Jane H.5 years ago

Debra Dowell said what I think.....sent her a green star!! She said it best

Ji H.
Jean H.5 years ago

Hope Dixon, who's commentary is missing, has read the comments in response to his.
Action does matter!

Debra Dowdell
Debra Dowdell5 years ago

"All our divisions between inner and outer exist so that we can make sense of two worlds which seem to be separate. Eventually they merge, and as that occurs, a person ceases to be a cause for private change and turns into a cause for universal change."

Wow, I love that! Thanks so much for this wonderful article! :)

Carina Engstrom
Carina Engstrom5 years ago

I work on it every day:o)

Shirley M.
Shirley Marsh5 years ago

I've never seen the definition of spirituality put so simply and so beautifully. Thank you. As one who is aspiring to be spiritual while struggling with man's inhumanity to man, children and animals, this makes it all make sense. I've researched this subject so much, but this beautiful explanation has finally hit the mark. Thank you again.

Norma Johnson
Norma Johnson5 years ago

ABSOLUTELY, I AM FOR SURE ASPIRED BECAUSE IAM THAT I AM AND I HAVE A GOAL, COSMIC ASCENSION AND SO IT IS

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda5 years ago

Whether we know it or not, we are spiritual. Better to know it as then there is no suffering.