What do spiritual people see

Three questions from Radio Deutsche Welle
to Eckhart Wunderle:

1. What do you understand by spirituality?

By spirituality I understand a point of view and an attitude to life that regards people as part of a larger whole and which recognizes in every person the possibility of finding happiness and fulfillment in themselves. This fulfillment is possible through a process of self-development and self-knowledge, which finally leads beyond the narrow I or ego to the essence or self of the human being. The SELF is not a construct, not a theory, but can be directly experienced by everyone. It is also called the divine in man (C.G. Jung.) This is a deeper level of experience of ourselves and the world that brings abundance and inner peace. So the core of spirituality is the ability to experience SELF, i.e. the experience of one's being.

This experience is also an experience of being, beyond the mind and brings with it the fulfilling experience of connection with the whole, up to the mystical experience, the experience of the divine, of existence, of truth beyond all denominations. The spiritual path and the spiritual experience is always connected with mindfulness, i.e. with the attention in the here and now. This ability to arrive ever deeper in the moment, in the awareness of the now, is the essential spiritual practice, whether in meditation in retreat or in Everyday life. Meditation and contemplation in all their many forms, non-denominational and non-religious, is the path of the spiritual person.

Spirituality is about the interest or the desire to develop further and to see further development as something that accompanies us throughout life. This development is a development of the human being to his highest potentials and possibilities. Ultimately, it is about inner liberation and thus the questions "why am I here", "what do I really want" and "who am I?"

We experience that there is an inner truth in us that can guide us. Spirituality in this sense is not aloof, but on the contrary shows itself in the conscious, understanding and mindful interaction with ourselves, in relationships with other people, other living beings and nature, the earth. A spiritual person respects the belief, religion, philosophy and attitude to life of every person and is himself far from any dogmas or ideologies. The decisive factor is not what we believe, but who we are inside, how our consciousness is and how we act and live.

2. Where do you see the connection / difference between
.... spiritually and religiously?

The difference between spiritual and religious lies in the ideas about the divine and the relationship to the divine. The religious person and religion has a “you-relationship” with the divine, a concept of duality “here me and God there” and believes that God, or existence outside of him, is separate from him. The spiritual person believes and can experience that the divine is within himself and that the idea of ​​separation from God or existence is an illusion. The religious person believes in God. The spiritual person is interested in experiencing the divine in himself. This experience is called the mystical experience. Spirituality and mysticism are closely linked.

As a rule, every religion claims to be the right religion, to know the real truth and to believe in the right God. That creates separation. Spiritual people and mystics agree that there is only one truth that is ultimately the same for all people who openly seek it.

3. How great is the need of people today to develop spiritually? And what, in your opinion, is causing this need?

The need of man

"Mental illnesses and psychosocial problems are common and are constantly increasing in all industrialized nations." (Report on the psychosocial situation in Germany 2010, Akademie Heiligenfeld.). The causes of emotional distress are the psychological strain on the individual due to individual and social stress, such as B. Performance requirements, competitive pressure, information overload, seduction of consumption.

In the social area, we experience emotional injuries, difficult relationships, family breakdown processes, virtual relationships, frequent separations, divorces and crises of meaning. There is little energy and time left to take care of exactly what could make life easier: the spiritual practice in the conscious Dealing with yourself and everyday life

The importance of spiritual development today:
Spiritual development always means connectedness with other people, it means that we cultivate understanding, compassion and kindness of heart. This means that we courageously strive for meaningful change and transformation, both in ourselves and in our lives.

There is only one higher force (God, existence, unity) from which we all come and to which we belong, that leads to a feeling of connectedness, regardless of belief, skin color, nation, etc. Spirituality brings a basic trust with itself open heart. It gives insight into a deeper meaning in life. This enables a healing inner power that has a bearing and supportive effect in people even in difficult situations. It brings inner peace and makes human relationships more loving. Real spirituality also gives us strength and courage in society, especially today, to participate in the so important change.