For me, waking up to who I am on a deeper level of wholeness is not a spiritual experience. At least not how we in the western mind typically define spiritual. It is much more of a psychological experience where I am being taught in presence by nature, by inquiring into the deepest parts of my psyche. It is about remembering my sanity. I have a general sanity that is the core of who I am. This basic sanity is my birthright as a human animal. For most of my life I forgot sanity. I forgot myself as a natural being. I suffered tremendously from my own mind and beliefs about myself. And waking up was all about learning to reconnect with who I am beyond that suffering.
I don’t relate to the need to make our basic sanity into a spiritual belief system. To me, being sane is quite the opposite of spiritual beliefs, because it’s about being attuned to the wildness of what is directly here. This wildness can’t be contained in any system, it’s too feral. But we can live it. We are living it. It, is the ground of being and here we are sane. No need to believe in anything in particular– here on the ground of life, sane as my own skinless being, knowing that no matter what is happening, I am informed by and grounded as sanity.
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Jen Peer Rich is a friend in presence. She lives in Atlanta with 5 rescue dogs and is married to her best friend, Iris. Jen has a MA in Transpersonal Ecopsychology from Naropa University and is presently working on a PhD in Transformative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research centers on self-awareness and reclaiming ecological consciousness. She has two books about Nonduality available for free download at Friends in Presence or on amazon kindle. You can find Jen writing and collaborating in the Facebook hive, she’s always open to making new friends there.
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