Someone wrote in Yahoo Answers:
“Spirituality is communication with your higher self, which can also be considered as your subconscious. Within everyone lies all the answers to everything! But these answers can only be found by clearing the mind through meditation.”
I think it is a good summary of what spirituality is all about, primarily communicating or staying in communion with our higher self, also known as subconscious, also known as God. Thus, to be reconciled to God is to be reconciled to our higher self and realise our wholeness, completeness, innocence, righteousness and abundance. I have also come to a place where all the answers dwell within us and indeed meditation helps us reconnect to our higher self. So does music therapy, if I may add. I remember a saying goes something like this: “In the stillness and silence of our soul, we awaken to our true essence.” That is the message of the poem Awake too.
Also, I have been recently thinking that the scriptures are actually a depiction of our own soul’s journey rather than stories about what is out there in the world. The battles and conflicts we see taking place in the old and new testaments, for example, are just metaphors of the inner conflicts a person experience when one is not at peace with oneself because the person was having a separation mindset.
The more we delve into the metaphysical or metaphorical aspects of the scriptures, the more we gain an esoteric understanding of their spiritual meaning. Like what the verse says “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”, any literal interpretation of the scriptures will only condemn because the scriptures are not meant to be used as a rule book to tell people dos and don’ts and control people’s lives. Rather, when we choose to meditate on the scriptures and allow our heart to interpret, we will understand the spiritual meaning which will give life, health, peace and wholeness to our being.
This verse came to mind – “The spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 20:27) It seems to coincide with the parable of the woman lighting a lamp (a picture of our spirit, the candle of our higher consciousness) and searching the whole house (a picture of ourselves) to look for the lost silver coin. The coin represents our identity – as Jesus spoke about the face of Caesar on a coin, so also the coin bears our image in the likeness of God. Silver symbolises redemption. I think the ten silver coins may represent the fullness of our true identity. If one silver coin is lost, it may mean we may have forgotten an aspect of our true identity, and Jesus came to redeem that aspect, and the Spirit within us searches all the inwards part of our innermost being – when we meditate, for example – until we recover that lost aspect of our true self. 🙂
So yea, the scriptures to me are about our soul’s journey. I think many of the battles and conflicts we see out there in the world, including World War I and II, arise because people were not at peace with themselves. Unresolved inner conflicts translate into outer conflicts among humans and Nature or the environment. In a way, Jesus came to bring peace in people’s souls, so that when people realise they are all one with Him (or themselves) and one with one another, inner peace will translate into outer peace among humans and the environment, and peace will reign on Earth too, more and more.