Not Sure If You’re Spiritual?

If you think taking a trip to India or seeking a guru is needed to live a spiritual life, think again.

Spiritual living is accessible to all of us simply because we all are spirit.

Spirituality is our personal relationship with the energy of the Universe.  It is not religion; it doesn’t mean following a specific set of “rules” to reach “enlightenment.” Spirituality arises from deep within. It’s when you come to know that there is much more to life than what is; and even though you can’t fully articulate it, you have felt it affirmed many times. It just is, and it is not reserved only for those who have had some kind of awakening or who are the most zen.

Call it Source.  Call it God.  Call it Universal Intelligence.  Whatever we choose to call it, when we get in touch with this spiritual side, we find ourselves living more harmoniously with others, our environment, nature, and much more. Life begins to flow in magical ways. Even a trip to the local supermarket can turn into an enlightening experience.

It’s not about how to become more spiritual, but knowing that you already are. We naturally call spirituality into our lives.  Many of us don’t realize that we are doing it.

Ever look up into the expanse of night and feel nothing but awe under a sky peppered with millions of stars, wondering what set all of this into motion?

Ever help someone in need because you were moved to help, without expecting anything in return?

Ever been guided by your intuition, only to find out that it spared you from some kind of danger?

Ever felt the power of forgiveness?

Ever felt compelled to seek the truth in situations?

Ever become so absorbed in a creative endeavor that time didn’t matter, and hours passed by in what seemed like minutes?

If so, then you have felt your spiritual energy in action.  It’s moments like these that demonstrate your connection with a powerful, inexplicable source of energy and life. It’s a connection that is always there, whether you are aware of it or not.

Acknowledge it.  Explore it.  Embrace it.  Honor it.  Spirituality is our natural state.

13 thoughts on “Not Sure If You’re Spiritual?

  1. Andrea

    I always love your insights, Penny. I’ve long believed we are all on our ‘spiritual path’, whether we are consciously treading it or not, but you’ve put it so eloquently here. What a pleasure and joy to read! Spirituality is our natural state. Spot on. Blessings, Andrea

    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Ah, Andrea, my friend…thank you.

      When we open ourselves up to the awareness that we are spiritual beings, or energetic beings, we discover that no one path is the same, and no one path is better than another. Each journey is unique to that individual, but all paths are spiritual, whether we choose to see that or not.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  2. J McHugo

    I know that I was given a gift from somewhere when I got pregnant with my son at age 43 when I never thought I could have a child. I call that spiritunity! Now trying to make the most of it! Thanks for comment on my site earlier, from UBC. Jina
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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Jina.

      That is definitely spiritunity! It’s in the letting go that we receive.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

  3. Kathy Hadley

    Dear Penny,

    EXACTLY! I have a friend traveling in India and Bali and Thailand….going to Gurus and Teachers and Masters…all to just find what you are stating here.

    I think it is JUST TOO SIMPLE! People must feel that they have to complicate it.

    This article is a perfect and simple explanation of our Spiritual Selves.




    Thank you,

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Kathy!

      I think people too often complicate spirituality, thinking it has to involve continuous struggle, pain, vows of poverty, or what have you. It really is just too simple for people to handle!

      Thanks for stopping by, commenting, and sharing this with others.

  4. anonymous

    What does spirituality mean to me??? Interesting question….you know growing up I was told that this man of god was my path to my spiritual journey…never truly understanding it fully…..i was told that I would NEVER be as wonderful or accomplish anything amazing because I was not the same as GOD or Jesus. …can you imagine how that effected me…..also having this secret being molested that effected me my whole life….n on top of it all I had a disability and was in all special ed classes….so my spirit was broken…my belief I should be here was low….feeling like why would I want to live…..
    so u can understand what an extraordinary spiritual life I was living….was really not in an existent. …
    So. ….since my childhood…..and growing into more of a spiritual person. ..I realize that the spiritual path is actually inside of me…that what I was learning was OTHERS experience and not my own….my spiritual path is knowing that all will be fine….to just smile just bc….and to feel the unconditional love from inside of me…knowing that I am more than what OTHER PEOPLE have label me….and to embrace myself for who I am….it took a long time to realize this….now I don’t see GOD as someone/thing which is better than me…..a threat…or he only wants negative things to happen to me…..which is so wrong….its actually he wants me to just be happy….and I find my spirit in everything….a child smile…or a strangers smile…that’s gods love….a walk in nature……I also believe turning forty help me grow spiritually too. …n having my son open me up more….what a beautiful journey I’ve been on and the cob webs of my old spiritual in me are FINALLY leaving my body..STILL ive accomplished more than others in their life time…. ….I’m grateful….& thankful for my wonderful life…and you my friend guiding me through it….love ya my friend!!!:-D

    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Dear Anonymous 🙂

      You have had quite the journey!

      Many times we don’t question what we are taught or told because a lot of that information comes from those whom we love and admire, so our thinking is, “If it’s good enough for them, it must be good enough for me.” We blindly accept these teachings because “that’s the way it’s always been,” so we are told. Sadly, many people choose (unknowingly) to remain in this phase.

      But your Spirit prompted you to go beyond those confines, and as a result, your life began to blossom because you heeded the inner call. Now when you look back at all that happened, you see it through a completely different lens.

      Using God as a threat is a demonstration of manipulation used to control people. Unfortunately, it is fear-based and it works. I grew up under that assumption as well, but I could never buy into it. Something just wouldn’t let me. That’s when I started questioning things (another sign that we are growing spiritually, by the way), so much so that I got thrown out of my Sunday school classes because our teacher couldn’t answer my questions. LOL! Even though I continued with the traditional route for years, in my heart of hearts, I continued to question and explore on my own, until I finally “outgrew” the church altogether. God is MUCH more than a 15 minute sermon.

      You’ve come a long way, my friend. Many blessings to you as you continue your journey.

  5. Minette

    I love this simple and clear definition of how we all access spirit and the power of our interconnectedness. Some great examples here that I will share with my children when we have our next discussion of spiritual versus religious or I try to answer, “Mommy what do you believe?” Thanks Penny!
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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Minette!

      I am so glad this will help your children understand the difference between spirituality and religion.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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