In his book Bluebeard, Kurt Vonnegut says something very profound. He says that he doesn’t think that people become enlightened when God speaks to us, but that it is when we finally let go of the idea that we need God or anything else, and when we let ourselves be most human, that our greatest epiphanies occur.
Until very recently, I didn’t understand what he meant. Being more human makes us more spiritual? I thought. How does that work?
After a while, though, I understood. I knew that that it was true, and the reason was very simple:
It’s because people are holy.
That’s right: People are holy. Even religious people are holy. Even Christians are holy. Even the worst person alive is holy.
Every action a person ever takes is holy, because it is the choice they are making about the kind of experience they want to have on this earth.
And when we finally realized this, and when we finally learn that we can make our own decisions without anyone’s help, even God’s, is when our greatest epiphanies and our highest enlightenment occurs.
It’s spirituality for the rest of us.
Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?
Why are their results so difficult to replicate?
More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)