I was reminded yesterday of how so many people differentiate between their humanness and their spirituality. And while there are some benefits to clarifying and separating the two concepts, when it comes to living life here on earth, this distinction can be problematic and create division in our thinking where none is needed.
Here’s an example: Pablo has been pursuing his spiritual growth for many years now and feels he has evolved and changed tremendously. He now understands many of the concepts that help him to function more freely and easily in life — concepts like non-attachment, recognizing our stories, letting go of resistance, not judging, etc.
Despite all this growth and personal evolution, Pablo is confused. He needs to find a way to pay his bills and wonders if it is still spiritual for him to work in his former field of retail management. Many of the people he has met in spiritual seminars over the years have left their former occupations and gone on to pursue spiritual paths as healers. Pablo doesn’t feel drawn to being a healer, but isn’t sure how to meld his spiritual life with his need to function in the ‘real world’.
This is an all-too-common experience for people who become more in touch with their spiritual nature. What is happening is Pablo is separating his spirituality from his humanity. He is seeing them as separate and distinct, rather than as complementary facets or expressions of his essence.
When we think about it logically, it’s not possible for everyone to be employed in a spiritual profession (healer, energy worker, teacher, etc.). Yet that doesn’t mean that people who work in other professions are not spiritual. The goal (if there were one) of growing our spiritual side is to be able to live a better life as a human!
We are spiritual beings in human form. We are here to experience humanness in all its aspects and flavors, including learning how to function in the world, pay our bills, get along with others, etc. It is when we are able to APPLY our spiritual understanding in our day-to-day human life, that we have really learned and internalized those spiritual concepts.
Perhaps ages ago, it was important for ascetics to escape the world and go sit on a mountaintop for years in order to achieve understanding and enlightenment — but that is not true in today’s world. We are called to fully merge the spiritual and the human in a way that allows us to live happily and peacefully in the ‘real world’.
So while I can’t tell Pablo if retail management is the right career path for him; I can say with certainty that he needs to follow his internal GPS to discover what profession is calling out to him, makes his heart sing, and feels more like joy than a job. For no matter what job you do, when you bring your heart and soul to it, it becomes your spiritual path in this world.