Last week I attended a course at Arthur Findlay College (AFC) in Stansted, England. AFC is a Spiritualist college, and Spiritualism is a religion based upon the knowledge that we are more than our physical bodies. I can’t say that I agree with all their principles or beliefs, but it’s an interesting place. I won’t say more about it now, as it isn’t the point of this essay. What I’ve been thinking about all day is a quick little snapshot that took place within about twenty seconds of my week at AFC.
One evening at dinner I asked a man at the table where he worked. We had been talking about some business subjects that Harry appeared to be very knowledgable about. Before telling me the name of the company that he worked for, he squirmed and looked uncomfortable for a moment. As if apologizing, he explained that this job of his was just a job. It had nothing to do, really, with his spiritual life or his exploration of spirit.
The noise level in the dining hall was so high that I didn’t do anything more than wave a hand at Harry’s apologetic explanation at the time. But I’ve thought about what he said quite often since that evening.
We draw such strange mental lines between the physical and non-physical. Yet these strange lines are arbitrary and imaginary.
Everything that we do is necessarily “of spirit.” We are non-physical beings having a physical world experience … we are All, and so doesn’t it follow that everything that we do is an expression of All That Is? How can anything that we do not be a beautiful integration of the non-physical and the physical?
Only our own human-mind beliefs mask the fact that there are no lines between the physical and non-physical. Not one thing that exists is not “of spirit.” And if it is only our own thoughts that say otherwise, our own awareness, then shifting awareness is all it takes to experience everything we do as “of spirit,” “holy,” or whatever words one wants to use.
(Those words with religious connotations – “spirit” and “holy” can create a layer of separation, implying something beyond our little selves. Don’t buy that … own the holiness. Make it your own – lighten it up. Add laughter and irreverent goofiness to it. Add awkwardness and curiosity. Add embarrassment and tentative not-knowing. Make it real.)
Every single thing about this existence in the physical is an expression of the non-physical One, the All That Is. So it doesn’t matter whether we’re selling IT systems, washing dishes, building strip malls, cussing at the dog, styling someone’s hair, slogging through a marsh, duck hunting, riding the Metro, creating a painting, or staring at the ceiling. These things are no less momentous and meaningful than talking with dead people, bending spoons, or traveling out of body.
It’s not what we’re doing, it’s what awareness we carry while we’re doing it. Try thinking “this is holy” when doing something mundane, something that you never really thought of as an expression of the non-physical All. I wonder what will happen … ?
That’s what I wanted to say to Harry.
11 thoughts on “It’s All Holy”
That’s beautiful. Thank you so much for that. It reminds me of how a couple months ago, I wrote down what an NDEr said about how to live and love:
See the goodness in people
If you only knew how much you are loved
Care for each and every one
Live life to the fullest
Forgive yourself and others, don’t judge
It’s the little things that count
Choose higher emotions, vibrations, thoughts.
I had a little trouble with “live life to the fullest” (thinking about how that doesn’t sound possible in my humble little life.) Re-thinking it one day, it came to me. I realized it means to put love into what you are doing now, whatever that is.
thank you. i love it that you came to that conclusion on your own … it’s all just words until we think it through on our own and make it somehow real and applicable to ourselves, i think. then it shines.
Welcome home! Love the new layout, too. Is that Scottish beach sand up above?
Aye, lassie, it is Scottish beach sand! Thanks Marian!
Natalie, yes! and yes! Think of scrubbing the floor consciously as The All. Everyone who walks on that floor is transmitted the impression of I AM. If the fellow at McDonald’s who is flipping the hamburgers does it knowing it is all One, that fried meat stuff is now feeding the All with the All no matter what people may think about its constituent parts. I am typing a comment into the All within the All ~ and laughing All the way!
very beautiful, Natalie.
p.s. you have BEAUTIFUL smile! very radiant! yes, I’m serious! haha
and I’m looking forward to talking with you…..tomorrow!
Thanks Janine! “See” you tomorrow!
All is the same, all is neutral — all is created by me. So.. everything is a warm “spiritual” wave within and without. The majesty of the vast beingness of everything, .. of me — is awesome.
Thank you for your marvelous sharing.
I do believe that the words “holy” and “wholly” come from the same root. Holy, or spiritual, doesn’t mean separated from the natural (physical), it contains, and expresses as, the natural. I think the physical is the exact same as the spiritual but just on a different vibrational level, kind of like the difference between steam, water, and ice, all H2O.
I agree, Dave … Always an awkward moment when I find myself writing “spiritual” because I know many readers talk about a “spiritual path” while I’d just say life. It can’t be separate – physical and non-physical are one (no space, no time etc), and our lives are whole.