If you haven't read yesterday's post on the Stages of Spiritual Development, today's post refers to that, so you might check it out when that is convenient. Nowhere in my experience has there been a group centered on spirituality that devotes itself to helping people move through the Stages of Spiritual Development. Certain types of Yoga practice make the Chakras the central focus of their work, and teach how to harmonize our body with the energy centers in the body-- and it may be that the physical route is the only way to spiritual reality. That makes more sense than thinking that thinking can somehow be the way of engaging the process of spiritual development. Spiritual reality is evoked, not thought. It is not brought forth by reason and logic. We do no grow spiritually by memorizing the steps to spiritual development and consciously adapting ourselves to the proper sequence of concepts. We can think of "Oneness" all our life without ever experiencing the wonder of being one with all things. We can believe all we want to about anything we are told to believe, but all our believing cannot conjure up one little taste of Being Grabbed! It is the Being Grabbed that comes out of nowhere, when we are not even thinking about it and hurls us into some life, into some adventure we would have never thought up as something we would enjoy doing. It is the Being Grabbed that moves us through the stages of spiritual development. Yesterday we were thinking like that and today we are thinking like this, and we did not think our way into thinking differently. We were propelled into thinking differently. Our entire world has changed. We need systems or structures that can prepare us to leave our faith for an experience with the Source of Life and Being. But how do we structure the unstructured? Maybe through Yoga, maybe through engaging silence in a regular way. Maybe by being told to seek the Source of our own Original Nature. Maybe by talking with people who know what they are talking about, who speak out of their own experience of Being Grabbed. Maybe by talking with artists and poets, and dancers and musicians. Or chefs and potters. Maybe we just start making inquiries on our own, asking people to tell us about their experience with Being Grabbed. I know we cannot for settle for thinking about spirituality and think we are doing anything thereby.