another fascinating paradox in life that Walter presents
us: the fact that we can't get something until we
stop trying to get it. It's so true in life, though,
that when we think we're lacking something, we feel that
we need to pursue it and find it. It's very often
true, though, that what we seek is within us all along and
that we're just so busy or so preoccupied with other
things that we never bother to look inside ourselves to
find that which we seek.
Trying to be spiritual is a fascinating goal to have, for
if we're anything at all, we're definitely spiritual
already. We are spirits spending time in these human
bodies of ours--we're not human beings trying to be
spiritual. We feel inside that there's much more to
who we are, to what our lives are all about, and that
feeling comes from our knowledge of our spirituality--the
very spirituality that gets buried beneath the layers of
responsibilities and worries and desires.
Just as I don't need to search for my nationality or my
gender, I also don't need to seek my spirituality.
Perhaps I can strengthen it and develop it, but there
really is no need to "become" spiritual.
First I need to be aware that I am a spirit, and I need to
accept the fact that I am a spirit. Once I do these
two things, the question then changes from "How do I
become spiritual?" to "What am I going to do
with my spirituality?" Shall I develop it,
share it, hide it, let it fly free in the world?
Sometimes we just have to stop searching for things,
especially things that are already present in our
lives. Sometimes we just need to open our eyes and
our hearts to the truths that are already a part of us,
and let those truths help to determine who we are and what
we do. Are you trying to be spiritual? The
good news is that you can stop trying, for you've been a
spirit since before the day that you were born, and that's
a wonderful gift already.