The science and art of spirituality

 

There is a science and art to almost anything, and so also spirituality.

We can say that the science is what we can write in a book, and the art is how we go about doing or living it. Or, in this case, how we live life itself. How life lives itself through and as us as a human being in the world.

What’s the science of spirituality? We can say it’s the maps of the terrain, where the terrain is all of existence, who and what we are, and the process of awakening and living from the awakening. It’s also the study of the effects of different practices, and perhaps what practices works best for whom when. These are all things we can write down, read, and learn about.

At another level, the science of spirituality is our own process of trying out different practices and pointers and see what happens. We can benefit from the guidance of others in this, although it’s something we ultimately have to do on our own.

And what’s the art of spirituality? It’s in how we apply and explore what comes out of the science of spirituality. It’s in how we use and explore pointers. It’s in how we follow our inner guidance. It’s in how we take the ingredients of our life and make a meal out of it. It’s in how we relate to the wounded parts of ourselves. It’s in how we live from whatever kindness and clarity is available to us. It’s in how we live our life. This is something we have to discover for ourselves although it helps to have a community of others with a shared intention.

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science
test out, see what happens,
test out pointers, own insights/hunches/guidace etc.

art
apply pointers (for oneself, perhaps others) as medicine for specific condition, when, where, how etc.
ingredients of life and situation, and make a good meal out of it

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Initial notes….

  • The science and art of spirituality
    • science
      • maps
      • how-to instructions
      • study of effects, patterns etc.
    • art
      • the living of it
    • so, can say….
      • science is what you can write in a book
      • art is the living of it
    • …..

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The science of spirituality includes maps of the terrain, where the terrain can be existence as a whole, who and what we are, the process of the divine diversifying itself, taking itself as separate beings, and “awakening” to itself again, and the process of the divine awakening to itself in our case, applied to us as humans and in a range of cultures and spiritual traditions or outside of any particular tradition.

Draft….

There is a science and art to almost anything, and so also spirituality.

The science of spirituality includes maps of the terrain, how-to instructions, the (informal and formal) study of the effects of different practices, and the study of the process the divine locally go through as it awakens to itself – with an eye on the universal and particular.

Having an understanding of this science is, obviously, part of the job description if we study it formally or academically, or if we have a role as a spiritual coach (so we can be better informed and be of better assistance to others). And it’s also helpful if we are interested in spirituality or embark on or find ourselves on a spiritual path.

The art of spirituality is something we develop through understanding the science, experience (successes and failures), and by following our inner guidance. This art applies when a spiritual coach giving pointers to students, when we apply these pointers in our own life, and in general in how we navigate and live our life – guided by experience, pointers, own guidance, and the kindness and clarity available to us.

We can say that the science is what can be written in a book, and the art is in the living of it – in how we live our life.

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