When I first joined a coven, I had the impression that every other pagan that I knew had the same goal as I did. I might have described it differently back then, but the intention I had was to realize my Oneness with Deity. Enlightenment was my primary goal. Practicing metaphysics and magick was a pathway towards the treasures of spirituality. My secondary goal of being a magickal adept was a means to eliminate my sense of worldly limitation, all of the negative distractions that could get in my way, so that I could instead focus more on spiritual realities.
I noticed that a lot of Witches and Magicians confused Magick with Spirituality. Some systems talk about Low Magick and High Magick, but even making those distinctions can lead to some mix up among the magicians. Not that there is anything wrong with Low Magick, Earth Magick….or magick of any sort of type. But, if your goal is Spirituality, it is best to understand that magick is not the same creature….it can lend to spirituality, lead to it, but just because you are performing magick, it does not guarantee that you are going to have a spiritual experience.
A Spiritual Experience, as I understand it, is experience of Oneness with Spirit, The Supreme Reality, The Universe, The Ultimate Deity. It is that complete blending of “self” with The Universal Self, that is experienced as Wholeness. We can reach this ultimate experience when we are meditating. We can slip into this state when we are experiencing magick or the positive feelings that come after magickal ritual or manifestation, as a sort of meditation.
According to some models of reality, we experience the world around us because the physical world is a reflection of convictions, beliefs and attitudes that we carry around in our mental and emotional bodies. The physical world is a reflection of what we have inside of our psyches, conscious and subconscious thoughts and feelings. Magick is simply the process of consciously choosing to change what we observe, perceive and experience through our senses. It might not be the easiest process for everyone to perform, but this is the straightforward definition of the procedure.
Spirituality is being aware of and resting in our nature as Spiritual Beings. Being aware of our spiritual nature is being aware of the Oneness with Spirit, experienced as Love, Omnipresence and Peace.
As human beings, experiencing a human life, all of the conditions of being human are based on limiting awareness of being a Spiritual Person. That’s completely fine, if that is your choice. And the ratio to which there is human-limitation/spiritual-awareness is completely individual and fine. Any self-definition which is not bringing your awareness to a state of all-encompassing Peace, Love and Omnipresence is based on worldly limitation. Enjoy being human. But, don’t profess that a human experience is a spiritual one. They are not the same and they don’t need to be.
There are some manifestations and some fantasies in this world that are purely for entertainment purposes. They will not lead to enlightenment. They are not supposed to be. Choose entertainment, but do not try to pass it off as anything else. In my hometown, our local Catholic Church has recently become a bit more charismatic in their practices. It is really none of my business, but I keep in mind that these are people who might not be able to relate to my spiritual experiences if we converse about meditative experiences.
Some of them might enter a meditative state through dynamic meditation, but there is no guarantee that that is what is happening. With the singing, loud music, dancing and clapping–they could be enjoying the equivalent to the euphoria of a music concert or a good jog. Given, meditation can happen through adoration of any ideal, if the adoration is used a technique of meditation…but, there is no open training on meditative technique in the local church.
It is entirely possible to enjoy a church service, but it is not the same thing as having a spiritual experience.
Spiritual Oneness is complete satisfaction. It is the state of Fullness, Wholeness, Completeness. It is perfectly fine to experience and enjoy the manifest world, but keep in mind that the internal experience of complete Happiness is not to be found in the material world. If you want it here in the physical world, stop complaining that you can’t find it IN the material world, that someone (or everyone) isn’t bringing it to you. Experience it in the Spiritual World and bring it down to this world, as a spiritual gift.
On a related note, trying to validate specialness by citing physical-world details or claims also does not equate to Spiritual awareness. The metaphysical communities are full of people who love to list their lineages, alleged (spiritual) parentage, degrees, training, philosophies….Some people have the impression that a description, factoid or claim equates to specialness in some way. And by being special, particular treatment by others and/or the universe is guaranteed to follow.
Just because I am related to someone on the local City Council does not mean that I have any political influence in my community. My Father having a lot of money does not mean that I have any of it. My Grandmother and my Mother were wise and inspirational, during their time on Earth–that doesn’t guarantee that I will always come off the same way. I can claim all of the intelligence, metaphysical knowledge, identity as a Vampire/Wizard/Dark Fairy, psychic powers, magickal powers….I can make claims about anything. I can even talk someone into having an emotional reaction to any of those claims. However, talk is still cheap….even in the metaphysical communities.
Demonstration of Centeredness, Calm and Peace is so much more powerful and practical than long, drawn-out stories of events or circumstances that might not EVER be played out for the listener. Demonstration of deep Peace speaks volumes.