Spiritual Crisis?

Unprecedented, extraordinary, tumultuous, divisive, and chaotic are a few of the words used to describe our current life together.

Sometimes I think in song lyrics, and the last few years, I keep asking alongside The Clash and their song, Clampdown, “What are we gonna do now?”

I call the times we are living a spiritual crisis.

What c onstitutes a spiritual crisis?

Spirituality, as I understand it, is how you live your life and what you do with its contents, including your inner life and the depths of your soul, as well as your relationships in the outer world and the aspirations of your spirit.

The divine, however it is understood, is essential to spirituality as all life co-creates with the divine our lives and the world.

The word “crisis” comes from the Greek words krisis and krino meaning “turning point” and “to separate, choose, or decide.”

I think we are living a spiritual crisis because so many are overwhelmed by all that is happening, even as each of us decides what becomes of this turning point. What we do with our days and co-create in our lives will separate these years – for good and ill – from the ones following.

The symptoms of our spiritual crisis are many

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Physical conflict and violence
  • Herding in groups
  • Survival mechanisms
  • Fear and anger
  • Black and white/binary thinking
  • Over and under-functioning
  • Change through destruction
  • Blaming and scapegoating
  • Authoritarianism
  • Loss of autonomy
  • Anti-spiritualities
  • Absence of shared language, truth, meaning, and values

I must acknowledge that there are many in this country for whom none of this is recent. Nor have I mentioned money. In a free-market economy, every problem is a money problem. All the while, the natural world is rapidly changing, too. Even more, we are all part of a global

community where events have ramifications everywhere. As Edward Lorenz truthfully stated, “A butterfly could flap its wings…starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.”

What are we gonna do now?

I know we can’t succumb automatically to the worst aspects of our nature, nor sleepwalk our nightmares and further frighten those awake. Acting mindlessly, we worsen the crisis.

Spirituality used to hide or escape may be helpful temporarily, but it is not a way forward. Nor is it beneficial to jump to the higher end of the spiritual spectrum bypassing the present and the depths of being, individually and collectively.

Each of the symptoms listed in our spiritual crisis begins in the individual. Speaking for myself, I know I was often cut off from parts of myself, sometimes my strengths, which created difficulties for me and my relationships. Other times, I acted unaware, out of self-protection, or for reasons that only made sense after years of soul searching. However, challenges in us and relationships quickly spill over to others, society, and even the world.

Inside Out Spirituality works with individuals, groups, and organizations to better our society and world one life at a time. By attending to the depths of our lives, sometimes the stuff we tend to ignore, hide, or can’t see, and knowing ourselves and our values, we have a greater capacity to live with others as better selves. In doing this, we also elevate everyone and have a greater possibility to reach the heights of our spirit, individually and collectively. Even more, we co-create a better world.

What are we gonna do now? What are you gonna do now?

Spirituality is the solution to a spiritual crisis. I don’t have all the answers, but let’s have a conversation.

Please email me and share what you’re doing and gonna do at revwendyvie@gmail.com.

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