How to Find a Spiritual Connection

Our theme for September is Awakening.

"Some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.# Henri Bergson

"What are the signs of spiritual awakening? Feelings of being connected with others and nature. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment."

This Awakening-themed service features a video presentation by Radhanath Swami on finding spiritual connection. Some of his thoughts: From a spiritual perspective the perilous condition of the world today is caused at its root when we as human beings are disconnected from our true selves. If we use our free will we can be the change that we want to see in the world. There are 3 principles that make that inner connection: to associate with like-minded people who really inspire us, making time every day to keep that connection through spiritual practice such as mediation, prayer, chanting with mantras, etc., and our character -- There is no use in claiming to be spiritual if we are not transforming arrogance into humility greed into generosity, despair into hope, and hate into love. These are really the great needs in this world.`