Spirituality can be an abstract subject. But, when you think about it, spirituality has to be abstract, or else we all would lose our identity.
I’ve always thought it rather humorous when people use material means to identify themselves. They wear funky clothes, get tattoos, or piercings. I’m just as guilty. So, I laugh at myself too when I go buy a sporty car, only to get on the road and discover a gajillion other sporty cars just like mine passing me!
I’ve learned to appreciate the abstractness of spirituality, especially when raising children. As a young mother, I learned quickly not to treat each child the same. All children have their own spiritual identity and it only developed when I made unique decisions based on spirituality instead of my own opinions or expectations.Many times, I’d ask in prayer for an open mind to hear exactly what a child was to develop next. The answers seemed abstract at first such as, child #1 will progress in courage while child #2 will mature in patience, and child #3 will advance in intellect. But as soon as the spiritual direction was pointed out, the manifestation became clear. Child #1 and I went bungee jumping. Child #2 joined the Young Marines. Child #3 jumped a grade in school.
My husband and I had 2 daughters of our own, plus we fostered children for 15 years. I never in my wildest dreams could have figured out how they all got to where they are today. But we had a ton of fun and very very little troubles. I still appreciate the abstractness of spirituality.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “The scientific fact that our real identity and the universe are evolved from Spirit, and so are spiritual, is as fixed in divine Science as is the proof that human beings gain the sense of health only as they lose the sense of sin and disease. Human beings can never understand God’s creation while believing that man and woman is a creator. God’s children already created will be recognized only as we find the truth of being. Thus it is that the real spiritual identity appears in proportion as the false and materialistic disappears. The continuity of God’s children continues and we cannot lose our sense of increasing number in God’s infinite plan.”
Identity not lost
How can the brain, heart, blood, DNA, etc. be our identity? If our real nature is the material bodily structure, a portion of our being would be gone if a limb was amputated; a surgeon could remove our manhood or womanhood; or bacteria would annihilate our existence. What happens to the identity of an organ recipient? Or, how can DNA be the foundation of our identity? DNA mutates, replicates, and eventually dies therefore it can’t be a source of life. After a person is gone their DNA is still here on earth, so where is the individual? On another note, people have repeatedly proven that the loss of a limb cannot take away their manliness or womanliness. Many people, classified as disabled, have presented more nobility, more manliness and womanliness, than the polished athlete or glamour model—teaching society that true identity and nature comes from spirituality, consciousness.”