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am frequently (but not always) my own harshest critic, and I know others
look at me and wonder how "good" I am. I like to believe others think well
of me, and I certainly try to ensure they will. I try to live my life more like
Mother Teresa than Al Capone, but after all, I am a man!
To the question where your spirit goes when you die, I reply that I
didn't feel completely free until, at some point in my life, I had the sense to
quit asking questions for which there were no answers. Once you quit asking
unanswerable (some would say meaningless) questions, you free yourself
from a whole host of preconceptions about the nature of spirituality.
Let's take a concrete example. I use the computer every day in my
work. At the end of the day I back up everything I've done that day on a zip
disk. It's like magic when I take all those thousands of files I work with and
use and watch them being transferred from one disk to another. Identical in
every way to the original. Do I know how it's done? No. Do I need to know?
Not really. I just use the technology that's available to me and say a silent
thanks for its efficiency. Do I even need to ask how it happens? It would take
me the rest of my life to understand the answer.
Like you, I use the telephone every day, too. When I dial the numbers
across the city or around the world, it only takes seconds to ring. I know that
if I've dialed correctly, the person I want (or at least his voice mail) will be
on the other end of the line when the connection is made. Do I know how the
phone system works? No. Do I care? No. I'm just content to use it.
When I travel I use the airplane. I know all about Bernouli's Laws of
Aerodynamics, yet for the life of me, when that mammoth mass of metal
heaves itself off the ground with me in it, I simply do not understand how it
happens. Yet it does, and again, I am grateful. I don't question how it
happens, and even though there are answers to many aspects of it, I am
content to just "let it happen."
So what do I think spirituality is? It comes from deep within the
human being. It's a universal feeling, and even if you've never had religious
training, you still feel it. Everyone has it and feels it. What's more, it can be
either positive or negative. (But I'm getting ahead of myself.)
There are three aspects of spirituality.
1.     Energy.
2.     Gutfeeling (intuition, instinct, the unconscious).
3.     Creativity.
I'll explain what I mean by all three of these aspects of spirituality.
But it's probably easier to tell you first what spirituality isn't.



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