May 31, 2011

Get out of the book and into YOUR life.

"Spiritual Rules" via Sergeev Pavel

“I am now receptive to the idea that a spiritual path is a heart-centered path that cannot be found in a book.”

Advice from…a book. Iyanla Vanzant‘s mantra in her May 27th entry from Until Today! Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind challenges us to seek our own experience.

Intellectual spirituality will not save you. People often turn to the spiritual path in an attempt to find the deeper meaning of life. People usually look to things spiritual in order to gain a better understanding of things physical. The search may begin with a book or a seminar or a profound personal experience that leads to the reading of a book or attending some sort of gathering where things of a spiritual nature are discussed and explored. Usually what is read or what is heard strikes a chord somewhere deep in the inner self, and the person knows they are on to something. This on-to-something feeling usually results in the reading of more books, the attending of more seminars and a broadening of the search to discover more materials that will deepen the feeling of being on the spiritual path. It’s nice, and it may be fulfilling for a while, but ultimately it can become and intellectual, rather than spiritual experience.” –Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind

DOING leads to the spiritual experience, the spiritual LIFE.  How do you DO?

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