I find that my
inspiration for trying to live spiritually comes from the examples set
by individuals I know well, and whose ways of living I admire. Each of
them seems to have found an inner ‘peace of mind’ which shows itself in
their love and care for those around them. They have an inner strength
which derives from having searched for and found a spiritual dimension
for their lives.
We would all benefit from coming to recognise that we are spiritual
beings and need an inner purpose to our lives. We are created to be
unique, and will find our inspiration in many different ways.
Some people may find
their inspiration in the lives of great spiritual leaders such as Jesus,
Mohammed, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela or Mother Theresa.
Their lives of unselfish devotion to the well-being of others are well
We can also turn to
books such as the Bible, the Gita or the Koran - or other religious
writings which have inspired the main religions of the world. And there
are many other spiritual books such as ‘A Course in Miracles’ or the
writings of Emanuel Swedenborg which can give inspiring new insights
into the subject.
Each of us is a part of
the natural world into which we have been created by God. We can be
inspired by its beauty and variety, and the way in which everything
follows the laws of its creation. For example, day and night; spring,
summer, autumn and winter; the growth of plants from seed to fruit;
birth and death.
By experiencing the
wonders of the world about us and meditating upon them, we can feel our
own place within this creation.
And there is an inter-dependence or
correspondence between all the
elements of the natural world and those of the spiritual world.
“We can see from this,
as though in a mirror, how perfection stems from variety in heaven as
well, since things that happen in the natural world offer us a
reflection of things in the spiritual world” writes Emanuel Swedenborg
in ‘Heaven and Hell’.
We can also draw our
inspiration from the arts, such as music, painting, sculpture, theatre
and dance and from the sciences which increasingly reveal both the
immensity of the universe and the incredible nature of sub-atomic
Through all these
things we can experience deep spiritual feelings which can make us aware
that there is far more to life than just the purely physical, and from
these feelings we can be inspired to greater spirituality.
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