Pause – A Non secular Energy: Discovering the Entrance to Our Spirituality

By Rob Wykes (

My view of spirituality was revolutionised after I found that it isn’t a product of my ideas or feelings. I settle for that our spirituality has a profound reference to our thoughts and physique however this connection misinterpreted may be an inhibitor of non secular growth. 

 Within the Nineteen Nineties after  greater than a decade of believing that spirituality was actions or ethical codes I got here to a brand new understanding. I started to recognise the distinct distinction between my ideas and my interior spirit. It was as if my mind wanted to give-way to the spirit in me and so started what I now check with as moments of pause. The phrase pause helps to remind me that there’s a place past the attain of my ideas, a spot that wants a distinct strategy.  I noticed that our ideas may be extra of a barrier to spirituality than a doorway.  

Hungry for a deeper spirituality I modified a few of my considering patterns on praying and being non secular by studying what these on the fringe of the religion neighborhood needed to say. I found that while I used to be not alone many appear to take the trail of withdrawal from the broader neighborhood – monasteries being the apparent one. I’m fortunately married and luxuriate in being round folks, so I explored one other method.   

My journey continues to be a problem, however the journey is thrilling and actual and transcendent. I can not look again.           

Approaching spirituality by means of the prism of the Christian religion I got here to understand and acknowledge the worth of the differing paths to find what it means to be non secular. A part of my very own journey at first was to dare to look over the interior fence at different Christian traditions after which past. What I found is a straightforward common actuality – To be human is to have a spirit inside. As our dialogue round spirituality broadens our suspicions of the opposite are laid to relaxation. This in flip permits us to function from ideas moderately than exact guidelines and prescribed pathways. Pause – A Non secular Energy is a primary step to exploring the character of and encounters with the spirit inside us earlier than any dialogue about God, and all that that may imply.          

Taking as a core precept that now we have a spirit inside us Pause – A Non secular Energy explores how we determine and problem the place of dominance our thoughts and the physique have in our non secular quest. Pause is a core precept that helps us to hunt out methods to create room in our life for the spirit inside us to be current in a method we are able to know. Spirituality has an influence as a result of on the very centre of our being sits our spirit not as an appendage however a major energy. John Scouts wrote a prayer within the eighth century by which he describes God as ‘past area and time but inside them.’ I ponder what we’d uncover if we accepted that there’s a a part of being that’s past the thoughts and physique and but totally inside us? 

“However the place do I begin,” is the query I get requested so much and I reply with these three broad ideas. 

Attempt simply sitting and listening. It’s that straightforward – till you attempt. In fact, to sit down in historical woodland, permitting the mild voice of a nightingale to ease you right into a non secular encounter, can sound interesting – A pleasant concept however… For essentially the most half we stay in busy cities and cities and our actuality is difficult noise and concrete. 

An important beginning place is to just accept that the place we’re is neither idyllic nor seemingly an historical woodland. There may be, nonetheless, on the opposite facet of our home windows and doorways an open invitation to sit down nonetheless and hear. Think about the rhythm of visitors going by. Amazingly the sound of automotive tyres is commonly methodical, and rhythmic sufficient to permit us to focus and be quiet. The desert dwellers of the third and fourth century went into solitude to deepen their non secular depth. Their early expertise was that that they had left town or city noise behind however discovered a larger noise of their thought world.  

In all of us is a cry from our mind because it performs with concepts and ideas like a cat taking part in with a ball of a string. So, regardless of whether or not or not it’s rolling tyres on tarmac or the comfortable shrills of the nightingale or the nice and cozy wind within the desert, we’d like one thing to distract us from the whirring noise of our personal ideas. 

Wherever we’re is ok for us to sit down and hear as a result of finally the rhythms of any background sound will ease us into the presence of our personal spirit inside. In time we come to pause the dominance of the thoughts and physique and we enter moments of non secular encounter. 

The non secular journey is a little bit of a thriller tour and a few of us wish to know the place we’re going.  I used to cycle so much and hated the thought of driving again house the way in which I went out. That stated at first, I’d flip again the way in which I got here if I wasn’t positive the place the street would take me. In time I developed a number of round routes to take me 50 or so miles ranging from and circling again to my entrance door. At first, I had a map on my handlebars that I saved . After some time I put it away till I got here to a junction that I used to be not sure about and out got here the map. Finally the map stayed at house, and I had a number of routes in my head that helped me to take pleasure in a spontaneity and freedom not doable after I saved checking the place I used to be. Unusually, I might cycle the identical route many occasions and at all times discover one thing new.  

Pause – A Non secular Energy explores how we are able to create some acquainted non secular workout routines that free us up from continuously stopping to verify how we’re doing. On the coronary heart of my circling again precept is that of eradicating the issues that hinder our exploration of the non secular journey.  Spirituality shouldn’t be a faucet you may activate and off when thirsty, it’s a unending fountain that appears hidden at occasions and visual at others. By circling again across the identical worn paths, we construct a form of unconscious map to the spirit inside us.      

Many sports activities stars have been confronted with the end result of a recreation  hinging on their subsequent kick or throw. “Don’t overthink it,” says the coach, whereas the group shouts, “Don’t miss!”  I recall when youthful my pals and I’d dare one another to try to contact the underside of our native Olympic diving pool. Holding my breath and with all of the vitality I might muster I swam to the touch the ground of the pool 5 meters under – usually unsuccessfully! We’d push by means of gallons of heat water conscious of how alien it was, not having gills. Pause – A Non secular Energy is all about shifting by means of the resistance round us like these rational ideas or detrimental pals declaring the improbability of a non secular world or ‘different dimension’.   

A robust affect alone non secular journey has come from sharing with others and permitting myself to be formed by their tales. Moments of non secular encounter can go away us not sure of what occurred or what to do with the encounter. It’s a bit like holding your breath to succeed in the underside of a swimming pool. I do not forget that after I did finally contact the underside of that pool, I used to be so exhausted that I returned to the world of air above so rapidly that the expertise under left me sooner than it arrived. Pause – A Non secular Energy tells the story of myself and others, many peculiar folks, who discovered methods to come across and benefit from the spirit inside.  

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