God is above us and yet close to each one of us. His love surrounds us and indwells us. We may aspire to center our lives on God without realizing that his spirit is the center of our very being. Awareness of the indwelling presence of the eternal God adds meaning to the thought that spiritual living is centered living.
Countless persons have discovered an inner source of energy, power, wisdom, insight, peace, love, joy, creativity, purpose, and guidance. Despite differences in vocabulary, concept, context, and practice, many religions recognize what is here called the indwelling spirit of God. Hinduism speaks of the atman, the (eternal, spirit) self. Buddhism calls it Buddha nature. Judaism speaks of the spirit in man, “the candle of the Lord.” Jesus proclaimed, “The kingdom of God is within you.” The Qur’an tells, “We created man. We know the promptings of his soul, and are closer to him than his jugular vein.” Knowing the inner life deeply, the Chinese philosopher Mencius (371-289 B.C.E.) sketched a spiritual path. “A noble man steeps himself in the Way (Tao) because he wishes to find it in himself. When he finds it in himself, he will be at ease in it; when he is at ease in it, he can draw deeply upon it; when he can draw deeply upon it, he finds its source wherever he turns.” Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, wrote, “Behold the Lord within yourself”; “Thou art concealed within”; “Thy light shines in every heart.” It is encouraging to see evidence of harmony on such a central truth.
How do you seek to improve your communication with the divine spirit within?