STUDENT: And what is this spiritual realization?
LEWIS: The understanding that what we call reality, the
accumulated physical experiences and sensations are no
more than an illusion of the senses – a creation from our eyes,
ears, and taste buds.
STUDENT: Please explain.
LEWIS: We smell things through our nostrils and feel things through
the power of touch. And yet we can see that all this sensory input
is subjective. It is different for each person and even changes for
us through the years as we age.
STUDENT: How does this connect to spiritual intention?
LEWIS: I believe that the ability to speak of this experience in a
way that has an application to our life is “wisdom.” I personally
see wisdom as a reflection of spiritual intention (See the
Conversation on Self-Actualization).
LEWIS: A wise person is much more than a knowledgeable person.
A wise person – a spiritual person – has the ability to experience the
true nature of inner reality. Such a person understands the nature of
the world and all of its subtleties.
STUDENT: How is wisdom different from knowledge?
LEWIS: Knowledge is stored information. Many of the great teachers
were skeptical regarding the importance of intellectual knowledge
without a greater more profound element.
STUDENT: Please discuss this on a deeper level.
LEWIS: There are many philosophers that believe that their are
some things that can be known and other things that can never be
known. Those things that can be known they would call the "knowable."
The knowable would include finite knowledge. An example of finite
knowledge would be facts about something or any knowledge that
reflects the workings of the intellect. Those things that cannot be
known are known as the "unknowable." The unknowable would refer
to that which we sense through the intuition or which we might
call spiritual awareness.
STUDENT: Which is more important?
LEWIS: We must seek both in order to live our best life.
STUDENT: Is it possible that we all have the wisdom we seek
LEWIS: Yes, yet sadly and foolishly we search for it in churches,
mosques, synagogues, and temples. We have been convinced
and continue to convince ourselves that collecting icons, joining
religious organizations, and worshipping Pope’s, Rabbi's, Lamas
and Ayatollahs is a spiritual practice (See the Conversation on
Religion and Regenerative Thought Programs – RTPs).
STUDENT: What about sacred places? Would a pilgrimage to
such a place be considered a spiritual intention?
LEWIS: It could be. The sacred is certainly an important part of
spiritual intention. But I ask you, is it possible that it is the pain of
our longing for transformation and self actualization that makes
us run to holy cities, and rivers – and much of this is all in vain?
STUDENT: Is there any common thread of what is “spiritual” that
one might find by studying some of the great spiritual thinkers
LEWIS: There are some spiritual teachers that believe that
spirituality is a harmony that exists between macrocosm and
microcosm: between the inner truth known as Wisdom, that lies
within us and the way we live our lives; between the social and
cultural behavior we exhibit? That to live a spiritual life we must
discard, even transcend the rites, rules, and rituals we have created
throughout time in some imitation of what we think spiritual is.
STUDENT: Please relate spiritual intention to the other sixteen
Wealth and Freedom Resources?
LEWIS: A person who has a spiritual intention can intuitively and
automatically leverage each of the resources as needed to maintain
a state where love and freedom reigns.