Spiritual Experience Vs. Emotional Experience

Often time I listen to the small comments people make online when it regards to spiritual things, so I thought I’d write about it. Because of my personal history I will refer to the Black culture as reference.

I think African Americans more-so mix their emotional state and their spiritual state as synonymous. I hear things such as, “Can you encourage my spirit.” or maybe “my spirit doesn’t FEEL right”. (the emotions need encouraging, not the spirit)
Church is usually rated as “good” if a person can “shout”.

For those unfamiliar with the shouting ritual in African-American churches, it is a time either before or after the sermon in which the congregation dances and literally screams and cries UP to God.
(i have some slight discrepancy of envisioning God outside myself in the sky….but i digress)

I will attach a video of black christians in worship.

I will also show some non-christian blacks worshipping in a similar fashion

They practically look the same…and seem somewhat effective to the worshippers in question despite religious difference.

While there is nothing wrong with ritual worship (most deeply rooted in African tradition). The problem is if one thinks that the ONLY WAY to have a spiritual experience is if there is an emotional one. Which is not necessarily the case.

I do believe

, yes, spiritual flow can be increased or decreased by the emotional state (think of allowing more wind to fan a flame for example) . However, spirituality in it’s pure form is independent of emotion. Just because one isn’t in a good mood doesn’t mean their spiritual state is low. In truth, the spiritual state can heighten the emotional experience which in turn affects the physical-tangible experience (ie. affinity, sex, even rage to the point where its euphoric if you will) It’s my belief this is how adrenaline comes into play.

But there are far more benefits to being in direct spiritual flow than getting an emotional “high” (self awareness is one of them). The goal here then is to allow optimal spiritual flow without letting the emotions control that flow (good or bad). It may be okay for emotions to assist the prowess of spirituality , but at no time is it beneficial if the emotions (or even physical experience) have full control of the spiritual experience.
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By relying solely on emotions and physical stimuli, one becomes prone to deception and addictions.

We are beings with emotions, we can’t help that, but more-so we are spiritual beings if we can allow our minds to focus on that state of being predominantly and be in constant flow with the God-Source.

See and Hear the BIG PICTURE

My previous post, I was blogging about comparing “God” to a girl playing with her dolls and we are representative of those dolls.
To reinerate, I say representative because what we are is not the dolls (or physical) themselves, but, we are actually the soul of the one playing.

We are all but branches and different manifestations of the same mind. [picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=puzzle&iid=291455″ src=”0288/ab485ec4-63bf-45c9-8884-b087fced97d8.jpg” width=”234″ height=”155″ /]We are like individual puzzle pieces trying to lock in where we fit together to create something bigger.
When we raise our own personal awareness and realize that our mind is God’s mind and that God does not necessarily talk to us so much as it talks through us.

I do not use the word it disrespectfully for those who are more conditioned to refer God as masculine. In truth, to refer to the Source of existence simply a male, is too limiting in view.

To see the bigger picture we have to realize that we are connected. [picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=connect&iid=5063844″ src=”0/a/1/c/Parents_with_children_935e.jpg” width=”234″ height=”176″ /]We are one. Listen to the crazy babble that homeless guy says (or your mother). Notice the themes in everyone’s conversation. Observe the small nuances in the course of your day. They are telling you something.
People all too readily seek holy books to hear from the Higher power.(which is okay for learning) But the Higher Power is actually the Inner Power that is constantly active. The Ruach HaKodesh exists in every living being (no need to ask for it) and wants freedom to express itself fully (just let it).[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=connect&iid=5063341″ src=”5/3/d/c/Young_man_turning_5ecf.jpg” align=”right” width=”234″ height=”333″ /]
Just like light or fire, it’s one desire is to spread, to illuminate…unconditionally and completely. Fire (light) does not care of race, religion, dogma, denomination, or politics. It has no concept of fear and refuses to be controlled. It is about action!
That fire IS the SOURCE of US.[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=fire&iid=5066453″ src=”2/c/8/7/Boy_79_holding_ec59.jpg” width=”234″ height=”156″ /] Alone …you are just a spark. Together…

WE are a FORCE