This essay discusses Spiritual Existence Interconnectedness. We’ve been deceived, tricked, taken advantage of. Perhaps it’s because we spend so much time in solitude, or maybe it’s because we constantly fixate on the lives of others, or maybe it’s due to a peculiar longing to escape our own unique quirks and challenges. Regardless, the world has successfully convinced us that our spiritual existence is separate from our everyday lives. But when we find the courage to declare, “Yes, this is my life, and I will do whatever it takes to navigate through it,” we begin the journey of becoming better lovers and friends, while also treating our own lives with greater tenderness. Whenever I attend “spiritual events,” there is always a yearning for salvation; people arrive at their breaking point, hoping to rediscover the sacredness of life. Alan Watts sheds light on our self-imposed confinement, eloquently pointing out–Recognizing the inherent spirituality in all life:
For to imagine that there is a “you” separate from life which somehow has to accord with life is to fall straight into the trap.
Enrolling in the school of metaphysics felt like a divine intervention. As I entered the classroom, rows of chairs greeted me, while the walls adorned pictures of Buddha, creating an atmosphere infused with the fragrance of frankincense. The books on the shelves shared intriguing titles such as “Spirit,” “Breathe,” and “Dreams,” each promising a more fulfilling, elevated, and loving existence. Seated before us, the teacher posed a simple question: “Why are you here?” My response emerged effortlessly: “I yearn to bridge the gap between my spiritual and professional realms.” Reflecting on those words now, I am reminded of Alan Watts’ profound wisdom—that everything we perceive as lost can be discovered within ourselves–he says:
What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.
Through my journey, I have come to understand the profound lesson that regardless of our surroundings, our sorrows, or the circumstances we encounter, our spiritual essence remains eternal. It is our inherent duty to always hold our worth in remembrance, while releasing our attachment to illusory identities. Alan Watts gracefully concludes this section of his remarkable essay, “Become what you are,” by offering a captivating elucidation of living Zen, as follows:
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
In this essay, We explore the notion that society has deceived us into believing that our spiritual existence is separate from our everyday lives. Asserting that once we recognize our interconnectedness with life and embrace our own unique experiences, we can become better friends and lovers while treating ourselves with greater tenderness. I recall my experience at a metaphysics school, where they sought to bridge the gap between their spiritual and professional realms. Highlighting the wisdom of Alan Watts, who emphasizes that our true essence is inseparable from existence itself. I conclude that regardless of circumstances, it is our duty to remember our inherent worth and release attachment to illusory identities. Citing Watts’ view of Zen spirituality as fully engaging in the present moment, rather than seeking spirituality elsewhere.
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