Connecting with the Divine Source, or Divine Spark within: practical spirituality to live with authenticity, meaning, purpose and resiliency.
A warm welcome to the blog.
The mission of this blog is to integrate knowledge from different spiritual perspectives, where spirituality is defined as the unique unfolding of personal experiences and journey in connecting to the transcendent, holy and sacred dimension, God/Universe/Divine Source. The blog also explores themes in worldwide religious traditions and psychology, in the hope, that readers will find reflections on practical spirituality helpful in cultivating skills for well being. In the hope of helping folks to live authentic and meaningful lives, the blog views the importance of wellbeing of the whole person: mind, body, spirit and the ecological conditions or contexts which impact the person.
THIS BLOG SEES GOD AS THE UNIVERSAL DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND COMPASSION. People have different names for God based on their various spiritual, religious and wisdom traditions. Some believe that God is Unknowable to the human mind and cannot be named or fully understood. Bishop T.D. Jakes delineates between people having experiences of God, yet, the inability of the human mind to explain God. Paramahansa Yogananda describes God as Love, Consciousness, Absolute Existence and Ever New Joy. Dr. Maya Angelou defined God as “All” and that the soul yearns for the “All”.
Divine Spark Within Us
THE ASSUMPTION IN THE BLOG IS THAT WE CARRY A PIECE OF DIVINITY WITHIN US AS WE ORIGINATE FROM THE DIVINE SOURCE AND RETURN BACK TO THE DIVINE SOURCE. Christianity refers to Divinity within us, as the “Kingdom of God”. Buddhism refers to “Buddha nature” at the core of each person. Hinduism talks about the “Atman” (soul) of a person. Western psychology paradigms, such as, Dialectical Behavior Therapy developed by Marsha Linehan view the “wise mind” as an intersection of rational and emotional minds and source of wisdom. Donald Winnicott discusses the search for the authentic self from the “false self” as a path of tapping into inner wisdom.