Spirituality is incomprehensible. Indeed, what is spirituality is not clear to ordinary people: it is felt as something far away, incomprehensible and related either to philosophy or to religion, but not to normal life. People who seek spirituality, or are too demanding to others, or just strange, and it is not very comfortable in companies next to them.
Spirituality does not always contribute to the comfort of life. Catholicism and Orthodoxy are the most resistant to spirituality, preaching inner work and the futility of social success - in contrast to Protestantism, where it is more often said about the rational use of time, productive labor and good earnings. So it turns out that the population with spiritual aspirations live in dirty huts, and socially oriented Protestants wash the streets with soap, light and comfortable houses, and at airports there must be clean toilets ...
The topic of spirituality is not very popular and dangerous. If you bypass it completely far away, you will be accused of lack of spirituality, and if you touch it inaccurately, it is easy to fly into insulting someone’s feelings and other troubles, so spirituality is usually spoken seldom and with caution: just as with care take in hands sharp knife. And, nevertheless, spirituality is a good and very important topic. I would like this word to become closer to you. Let’s understand, but carefully.
Spirituality is often confused with soulfulness, but it is not. Sincerity is warm, spirituality is strict. Mental-mindedness is the maternal line, spirituality is the father’s line. Spirituality is the vital vertical, soulfulness is the vital horizon.
Spirituality should not be confused with religiosity. A religious person necessarily follows religious instructions, a spiritual person is internally free and lives by his inner experience.
Spirituality and morality are also not the same: not every moral person is a spiritual person. As for people who are truly spiritual, then, as a rule, they are people of high morality, although the concrete behavior of a spiritual person may seem to others not quite moral. Buddha left his old father and his young wife with a child to find the way to save humanity. Again: spirituality - about the vital vertical, morality - about the vital horizontals.
People with a scientific outlook treat spirituality with respect, but the word spirituality is used with caution, as this word is intensively exploited by irresponsible people, people with unbalanced psyche and swindlers. Spirituality is an untwisted brand, and under this brand, many "teachers" sell their goods as spiritual practices, although in reality there can be both cheap esotericism and reasonable psychotherapeutic procedures. As for the so-called spiritual practices, there are a lot of misunderstandings and confusions with them. Usually, spiritual practices include meditative techniques that stop the chattering of inner dialogue and teach concentration.
To sit in peace before the flame of the candle, normalizing your breathing, removing negative thoughts and concentrating on the beautiful sound of mantras is a procedure that is useful to everyone, although the direct relation has not to spirituality but to the technique of desensitization and attention management.
Popular literature on spirituality usually contains many beautiful words, murky conversations about the sublime, Shambhala and Masters of Mankind, a little parapsychology and Blavatsky, a suggestion to inspire something more positive, think about people and buy: candles, oils, icons and books of untwisted authors.
Many people try to do business on spirituality, but attempts to "spice up" with something meaningful and businesslike usually have no success. The fact is that the literature on the development of personality, spirituality and enlightenment is read by several categories of people. Firstly, they are young men aged 16-24 with burning eyes, but there are not many of them, and they do not read much, because they have little money. The most numerous cohort is women 30-40 years old, when they lose men and health deteriorates. Then they read Sinelnikov and other authors on miracles of healing and in general about karma. Money they have found, but the ladies are impermanent and do not know where they will spend: on a magazine about spirituality or with a friend to buy a blouse. Close to this category are networkers, especially 70% of women. The problem is that networkers are hanging their own, publishing specialized magazines for them and conducting specialized training ... Much less frequently spiritual businessmen are interested in businessmen with a habit of intuition. They have money, but they buy reluctant books and almanacs reluctantly, as they are accustomed to printed business-format prints, with less information and more gloss. The most reasonable and the smallest category of readers are reasonable people, for whom it is natural to develop and keep in mind the meanings of life. But these people are few, and these people prefer not to confuse the topic of spirituality with esotericism and other mysticism.
Spirituality is the internally motivated concern of a developed person to leave behind a useful one, leave a good and necessary trace of their actions in life. Spirituality is the highest level of a person s personal development leading to an orientation toward high values of life: truth, good, beauty.
In the syntone-approach, spirituality is extremely practical and very realistic. Syntone has a slogan: "Whatever I do, the amount of good in the world should increase", while the good is understood quite realistically: here is a chair – it’s good, and the chair is broken - this is not good, the amount of good has decreased. However, any thing people do, and if a person has a creative culture that produces chairs, equipment, toothbrushes and juices, then this person is a cultural one: he who creates good. The characteristics of this person: positive, constructive, responsible, energy - is what Syntone brings up in all his trainings. This person lives in the position of the Angel with the philosophy of the Creator.
If you are such a person, then you do not live in order to provide your carcass, your happiness and other small needs. This is not the meaning of your life, not because you do not need it, but because it is done elementary, at most for half an hour a day. Went up, washed, smiled - happy. Had breakfast - ready for work. Forward, you already have everything necessary for life! Work! Further, whatever you do, your main concern is "the amount of good in the world." You care about cultivating culture in people s minds so that they produce those goods, after which women can not care about whether they have hot water, bread and butter on the table. Men in such a world should work and take care of women. Women next to such men give birth and bring up children: boys who will take an example from their father and become real men, and girls who want to become future mothers and learn to respect men so that children can be brought up properly, and not the way women want. And if this all happens, then the amount of good in the world increases, and those who do all this - people living a spiritual life. Importantly, they are people who do this not because they were told, but because for them it is internally necessary, and they do it not thoughtlessly, not at the level of habits, but act thoughtfully and consciously. This is a difficult internal work, especially since temptations do not slumber.
I need to get up, but I want to lie around. We need to do business, and here on TV such a film! You like beer, but it’s not your drink, you’re spiritual...
There are more serious questions, questions about the main direction of your work. Every time you have to think, what kind of culture do you care about? You came to Nazi Germany - will you also increase the culture there? What culture of military production or which combat organization?
A spiritual person is obliged to think constantly, deciding who to take care of, who to invest, in what people? In your children? And maybe in other children, who come to you already adults? The work and concern of the spiritual person is to make everyday choices: choices of what to do and how to invest in. A spiritual person can make mistakes in detail, but he always knows the main direction and develops himself every day. He has a bright mind, strong will, he is above empty entertainment and is not distracted from the cause of good. Yes, this is a difficult choice, but this is spirituality!