How do people experience spirituality? The answer might be best summed up by the Sufi poet Rumi when he writes, “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” What he means is that there are countless ways to experience the Divine.
One of those ways is the relationship that we have with Divine Intelligence. We say that we live in an intelligent universe, and that, therefore, all creation is infused with that intelligence. Which would include us – you and I.
As it relates to people, we often think of this intelligence first, or primarily, or maybe even exclusively as mental intelligence. But it is much more than that. It infuses not just our minds, but also our bodies, our hearts and our souls. All that we are is infused with this intelligence. Every cell of our physical bodies, every thought, every breath, every inspiration and dream and desire exists within that Divine Intelligence that is the very mind of God.
It’s important to expand our awareness about this, because we are constantly being informed by this intelligence. And it doesn’t always happen as a mental flash of knowing. Our founder Ernest Holmes writes, ”God speaks in a language more subtle than the human language, without a tongue, in the universal language of spiritual emotion which is instinctive… and held in common by all civilization, by all creation, by all people who have lived – the universal language of emotion, sense, feeling, intuition, instinct.”
The challenge with this realization is that we have largely moved away from paying attention to this subtle language. We often defer to what we think, paying less or even no attention at all to how we feel. If we have forgotten or chosen for whatever reason to disregard that still, small voice within, the invitation seems pretty clear: start to pay attention again, to all of the intelligence that you embody.
Here’s a great way to start re-learning that subtle language of Spirit, and I invite you to try it this month, as a spiritual practice: With every choice or decision that presents itself to you for your consideration, whether it is something seemingly minor, or a more important choice, instead of asking yourself what you think about the choice, ask instead what you feel about the choice.
What I have discovered, for myself, using this practice, is that the intelligence within me knows exactly what is right and best and good. My feeling about something is often a much more reliable litmus test than my thinking. But that’s just me. Try it for yourself. How does this choice or decision feel? What do I feel is the right and best choice to make? Remember, we are constantly being informed by a perfect and loving intelligence. Ask in a different way, using the subtle language of God. You just might be surprised at the answers that you receive.