My quick-notes interpretation of being spiritual is experiencing those qualities that are associated with Spirit, Itself. Being spiritual is to be completely self-identified with Love, Peace, Joy, Stillness and Completeness.
Spirit is that Essence that we sometimes call The Goddess, The Gods, The Creator, Substance…it is beyond activity, because it is complete, encompassing all essence. This is not an argument for stagnation or non-action on any level. I am simply pointing out that one thing is not another.
On the level of Spirit, there is the awareness that everything is One, nothing is missing….in the Oneness, there is complete peace. (My human personality has the image that I am merging with everything that I have ever loved.) We don’t do anything on the Spiritual level. Everything is already done. We become aware of the Oneness that is the Spiritual level….we can think of it as a state of being.
The Physical Level is that of the material world. It is manifest reality–solid matter and the five basic senses. The Emotional Level is where the energies of human feelings exists. The Mental Level is where thoughts live–the realm of the mind. In this simple, four-part model of experience, Spirit is that dimension beyond body, emotions and thoughts. It is Being. Spirituality is beyond feeling, thinking and physical activity.
Magick is not Spirituality. Magick is an activity. It is the changing of manifest reality in accordance with one’s will and desire. Since manifest reality is a reflection of one’s perception, thoughts and feelings–to change one’s manifest reality is to change what one carries around on a perceptual level….beliefs, convictions and observations. Magick can lead one to spirituality in the sense that if one is more satisfied in life, with one’s worldly (emotional and mental) manifestations, one’s consciousness can relax into the higher essences of Love and Peace. Magick is not as direct a pathway as Meditation, but it is a completely valid one, depending on what the practitioner can relate to and concentrate on. It is a valid way of dealing with our perceptions about reality.
Emotional healing is not Spirituality. Emotional healing is the clearing out of personal identification with all forms of disempowerment. It is letting go of the needs to relate to anger, sadness, anxiety, depression, fear….essentially, all negative feelings which are not based on complete immersion in Spirit. While not as direct as Meditation, it is valid in that it clears out the obstacles to re-identifying with Peace and Love.
On a similar note, there are some Charismatic practices by some local churches that I am aware of. The misinterpretation that I often hear is that these dynamic forms of worship are very powerful for connecting to God. While I am aware of some forms of dynamic meditation, it seems that there runs the danger of confusing the adrenaline and dopamine of dancing and clapping, with the bliss and joy that comes from a deep meditation. The danger with feeling good after physical activity is that we sometimes attribute that to the context in an inaccurate way. Feeling good in a church building does not mean that we had any spiritual experience which changed our consciousness in any permanent way.
To experience Spirit, do not meditate on the manifest gods–but instead, on Spirit in its completeness. Pure Spirit. What is it like to be Spirit?