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November 24, 2000
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Practical Psychology is a weekly newspaper column I have been writing
for over 18 years. It is designed to address psychological topics
that are most useful to its readers. Please feel free to re-print any
of them in any form you wish. I ask only that you give the
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By Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.

The French philosopher, Teilhard DeChardin, once wrote: "We are not
physical beings having a spiritual experience. Rather we are
spiritual beings having a physical experience." If you define
"spirituality" as any experience that is not available to our five
senses, then the majority of our life experiences are spiritual.
Concepts like peace, joy, love, truth, beauty, connection, surrender,
bliss and fulfillment are all spiritual in nature. Indeed, life
itself is a spiritual experience.

Spirituality may have nothing to do with "religion" or
"religiosity." It is not the same as "morality" or the "right way" to
live. It rarely has anything to do with "doctrines" or "ethics."
Spirituality can be described, however. Some aspects of spirituality
may include: an expanded self-awareness, particularly of your true
nature; the experience of joy, inner peace and love; and the
realization of your essential unity with all of the universe/creation.

The evolutionary growth of your spirit follows some known
principles. It usually begins with an "awakening" to the awareness
that there is more to being alive than we can ever know. This
awakening can be sudden or gradual. It can be a sudden flash of
insight ("a light bulb moment") or a slow "dawning" of what being
alive really means.

This awakening of consciousness leads to an intense desire to know
more. This desire is often referred to as "spiritual hunger." We
long for more. More experiences. More awareness. More knowledge.
More of spiritual unity.

Then we usually let go of all previously held ideas, habits and
behaviors. We lose our old "self." We let go of Mind and Ego. This
loss evolves into a sense of emptiness and is often called "the dark
night of the soul." From that darkness emerges a new awareness, a new
identity, a new sense of self that feels more "real" than the one we
lost. People often refer to this as a spiritual "rebirth."

Following the experience of being reborn, we then integrate our new
self into a new lifestyle or "new way of being in the world." We
reach "spiritual maturity" when the search for knowledge is replaced
with living from the center of our being; when we no longer seek the
truth, rather we live in it; when we always love rather than fear;
when we realize our essential unity with the Universe, or Universal
Intelligence, or Life Force, or God (whatever you prefer).

You can identify spiritually mature persons by some of the
following qualities. They function on the principles of love, rather
than the habits of fearful defense. They respond from within
themselves, rather than react to the people and events that are
outside their skin. They live as they consciously choose, usually
very simply. They are graceful in their responses to others. They
experience "bliss" on a regular basis, not just when meditating or
praying. They maintain internal equanimity and calm. They are often
delightfully humorous. They are non-hostile. They relate to others
in healthy and beneficial ways. They reflect their true nature in all
they do. They are insightful, quick to learn, open to new experiences
and eager to make themselves, others and the world more loving and

The benefits of developing your spiritual life can include: getting
along with others much better; contributing positively to all your
relationships; bringing your healthiest and best to your service;
acknowledging the true nature of others as the same as yours;
experiencing more belonging, vitality, joy, inner peace, and love
within your experience of being alive. Are not such benefits worth
the risk of growing spiritually? Perhaps your own spiritual growth is
the primary purpose for your being alive in the first place.

Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D. has 30+ years experience as a Life Coach and
Licensed Psychologist. He is available for coaching in any area
presented in "Practical Psychology." As your Coach, his only agenda
is to assist you in creating the lifestyle you genuinely desire. The
initial coaching session is free. Contact him: (970) 568-0173 or
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

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November 24, 2000
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wow, alot to think about here. Tez, I'm sure it's got you thinking?

November 25, 2000
6:56 pm

Hmmmmm! It's got me thinking alright; firstly, thinking about and wondering why Dr. Lloyd Thomas chose a non de plume like 'Brenda'. Has he some unresolved animus/anima isues? Secondly, has 'Brenda' read the guidelines about advertising? If so, is 'Brenda' disregarding the policy of this BB on his seeking free afvertising for his coaching business?

As for the content of his article, I am wondering if a true practitioner of the 'spiritual arts', a truly enlightened being, would write what appears to me to be a sales pitch designed to attract customers.

Yes, it certainly has got me thinking!

November 26, 2000
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Bravo, Tez, bravo

November 26, 2000
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Perhaps your own spiritual growth is the main reason for your being alive in the first place?

I would like to think THAT rather than we are all here to make as much money as we can before we die.

Just my personal thoughts.

November 26, 2000
4:27 pm


Yes, I tend to agree with you. I don't admire people who do things with money as the prime motivator. On the other hand I do see that the functioning of our society is based upon transactions with money as a means of exchange. Somewhere in between obsession with money and complete disdain for money and the capitalist system there lies a healthy balance.

As far as spiritual growth is concerned, I'm all for it. However, I'm not at all sure that this is what life is all about or the main reason for my existence.

Life exists on this planet in a very wide experiential spectrum. On earth, as far as we know, we humans, being sentient beings, are at the highest level of this spectrum.

Can a frog experience spiritual growth? If not, does this invalidate life as a frog? Many people think so and destroy their habitats daily.

I have come to the conclusion that life in all its forms is all about experiencing, no matter how low that experiential level is.

Experiencing spiritual growth is just one of an infinite variety of possible experiences. It is one of the many of life's processes. It is one of the myriad instant by instant experiential processes that gives all life its value. However, we humans, from our extremely limited vantage points, pass value judgements on what is a good and bad. We do so mostly based on foreseeable outcomes, not processes. This is often our collective undoing.

I suspect that there is just one supreme source of all life and that source has infinite love for all its forms without distinction between so call intelligence levels. But... I don't really 'know' this as an indesputable fact. These thoughts are possibly a manifestation of my ignorance; who knows.

However,I see that if this site becomes swamped by 'enterpreneurs' marketing their own brands of 'healing' in all their forms to the vulnerable in exchange for money, very soon the lost individual seeking help will only find 'the money changers in the temple'and not what might pass as a process of experiencing unconditional love.

Is this 'good'? From my very limited ignorant perspective, no. But I am open to correction.

November 26, 2000
4:29 pm



November 26, 2000
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Hey Tez, off the topic but I met a guy from Sydney a few weeks ago. I bought a car. It was an estate sale and the son had come home to help settle the estate. He is originally from here but now lives in Sydney. He says he's the only Sgt. Allen in the phone book so if you run into him say hi and tell him I'm looking after his mom's car. Ha, sorry, but every time I go to the US people say 'hey I know someone in Vancouver (1000 miles west) or I know someone in Toronto (1000 miles east) and I thought I'd give it a try. No need to reply.

November 27, 2000
3:59 pm


Thanks. The guy you mentioned lives in Sydney? I live just outside Brisbane (Pronounced Brizben). Sgt Allen? Is he in the army, airforce or police? Not that it makes any difference, I probably would never come across him. But one never knows; it's a small world. Maybe he will come across this site and respond.

November 27, 2000
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army he said

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