I define spirituality as humanity’s longing for and experience of being interconnected to something larger than its typical sense of self, which is ego based. I believe that spirituality naturally arises because we are creatures who are self aware. The same source that inspired Lao Tzu, the ancient Jewish prophets, the writers of the Vedas, Budda, Jesus and Muhammad is available here in the twenty-first century.
I have identified what I call the Four Spheres of Interconnection as a framework for exploring spirituality:
- Mystery, what questions are impossible for human mind to ever know for certain (the existence and nature of Source, life after death, does life a true purpose, etc.).
- Cosmos and nature, such sciences as cosmology and evolutionary sciences tell us of our history and how we are in relationship to the rest of creation.
- People, our relationships with persons other than ourselves is a subset of the cosmos and nature, but unique enough to need separate classification.
- Personal Identity, from a neurobiological and psychological viewpoints, how we integrate all the parts of ourselves into a congruent and meaningful identity.
I come to my understanding of spirituality from different frameworks. I am interested in various spiritual development models. Such models as Ken Wilber’s Integral Spirituality, James W. Fowler’s Stages of Faith, Susan Cook-Greuter’s 9 Levels of Increasing Embrace and Cindy Wiggleworth’s The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence.