By MaryJaksch This morning I took advantage of warmth and sunshine to do some early spring cleanup in my front lawn. A few dried-out clumps of tall ornamental grasses should have been cut back in the fall, and their long stalks have been blowing around the neighborhood all winter. It was time to take care of business. The relationship has been strained.
Morals, our personal principles in regard to ethical living, derive from many different sources. Upbringing, religion, the standards of society as expressed in laws, our peer groups, even past experience all shape our moral code.
Sometimes we find these many and varied sources at odds within ourselves, which can lead to a sense of confusion and frustration. When moral codes come to conflict within an individual, the resulting need for guidance or a sense of guilt can wreak havoc on their lives, relationships, and self esteem.
In contrast to morality, which often deals in concretes, spirituality is a system of abstracts, if it can be called a system at all. Spirituality means of, or relating to spirit. The spiritual path is deeply personal and highly individual. Like snowflakes, it can be argued that no two are exactly alike.
That realm can exist within themselves and outside themselves. Usually, it is the connection between the two that is most important; the relation of inner spiritual sense, the human spirit, to outer spiritual existence, or the divine or universal spirit.
So how does something as vast as spirituality converge with something as constricted as morality? In other words, just as one often defines their own spirituality, they can likewise design their own moral concepts according to that experience.
In this way, each person becomes accountable to themselves morally speaking. That said, how does one go about the business of defining their own moral compass according to their spiritual beliefs and experience?
By putting to themselves the questions they have previously left to others. Why do I feel that way? Most controversial subjects are controversial because they come to conflicting conclusions within different systems of morality. We see this consistently with issues like abortion, capital punishment, and gun laws.
Sit down with a pen and paper and write out a list of these topics. Now, go back over these topics and consider your spiritual path and the choices it has led you to make. How does it collide with these topics? Can you see your path leading you to make choices for or against them?
Does your spiritual experience require you to make choices concerning others who are for or against these topics? For example, you might find that though you are not comfortable with abortion as a moral choice, your spirituality persuades you to be empathetic towards others who are.
You may also find that though you do not condone the act of murder, you also cannot abide the company of someone who does. Most likely you will find that many of your answers to these questions center around your perceptions of God or deity. They may even lead you to reevaluate your image of the divine and your personal connection to it.
Or, they may merely cement what you were already experiencing. Once you have begun to define your moral view on the big issues, you will find it far easier to do the same on the smaller ones.
As you pursue your spiritual path, your definitions may change or evolve according to your experiences.Her moral compass was leading her home to Jesus. You see while a physical compass points north, our moral compass should always lead us closer in our relationship with Jesus which ultimately will lead us home to heaven and our reward.
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