What is the Connection Between Spirituality and Your Success

What is the Connection Between Spirituality and Your Success

“Whoa!!!!  Where in the world is he going with THIS one?!!?” you say.  Don’t panic.  I’m not getting ready to talk about religion or anything outlandishly controversial.  In fact, Anthony De Mello  once called spirituality “the most practical thing in the whole wide world . . . not piety, not devotion, not religion, not worship, but spirituality — waking up.”

In fact, in reality spirituality has very little to do with religion.  There are many religious and pious people out there who are not particularly spiritual and who express very little if any spiritual self-awareness.  On the other hand, I’ve met many spiritual and spiritually curious people who have little or nothing to do with any organized religion.

But what does spirituality have to do with  success?

First of all, let’s get the idea out of our mind that success is exclusively related to making more money and driving hot sports cars and living in dream homes in the tropics.  True success is much more about personal satisfaction, about living a life that is filled with happiness and joy.  It’s about discovering your passion and living a passion- and purpose-driven life.  It’s knowing your reason for being and centering all you do around fulfilling that passion or purpose.  It’s about coming to the winter of your life and being able to sit back and say, “Yeah, wasn’t that a nice ride!”

Our personal spirituality, the perpetual quest of discovering who we are at our very core, is what leads us to finding our true passion, our purpose, that leads us to do those things that are genuinely fulfilling not only for ourselves but for those around us.  It’s about becoming more aware of ourselves at the deepest level of human existence, about how we are connected with everything and everyone around us and with whatever “higher power” we may accept or recognize as a reality in our life.

When Eckhart Tolle was at the depth of depression and on the verge of suicide in his late twenties, he found himself sitting on the edge of his bed one night saying he just couldn’t go on living with himself any longer; and in this a question arose without an answer: who is the ‘I’ that cannot live with my self? What is the self?

That “self”, he began to discover, was what we often refer to as the ego, the physical self that is all caught up in thoughts of the past and future and so often filled with worry about things that may or may not have actually been true or which may or may not ever come true.  The “I” on the other hand, was that part of us that exists far outside the mere physical and knows where our true purpose and passions lie.

I love the saying that we are not physical beings trying to have a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual beings in the process of having a physical experience.

So . . . I pose this question . . .
How is your spirituality affecting your success?

Radar ScreenWhat is the real connection between spirituality and your success?  Spirituality, I believe, is about discovering that “I” portion of ourselves, that side of ourselves that sees all and knows all because it’s not limited by the five senses.  Unless and until we begin to discover and become more aware of the “I” of us, we must ask ourselves how we can ever truly become successful in the sense I described above.  I heard someone say that we live our lives as if we are looking at nothing more than a small radar screen and all we can see is what’s on that screen, when 99.9% of what is actually going on and affecting us is outside that radar screen.  “Myself” is unable to perceive that 99%, but “I” can.  It’s a matter of getting in better touch with “I” and letting “I” lead myself in the right direction for my life.

How one goes about doing that is extremely personal, which I think is the beauty of the whole thing.  Certainly we can, and probably should, utilize the assistance of others of somewhat like mind, but when it comes right down to it, the choices we make, the directions we take with our personal development journey are as unique as the number of us who walk this planet.

Where are you on your own quest to discover your inner self — that unique “I”?  Are you truly living the life that you feel is right for you?  Are you headed in a direction that is leading to pure satisfaction and contentment?  Or are you doing things and thinking things and believing things simply because that’s what you’ve been taught and encouraged to do, believe and think?  Is doing the latter leading you toward the life you truly desire?

I would never claim to have the answer for you.  I simply pose the question for you to ponder . . . are you defined by what you do and how “successful” you are, or define success and do what you do based on who you are?

Here’s to a life of gratitude, success, happiness and prosperity ~

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Responses to What is the Connection Between Spirituality and Your Success

  1. Hey Steve,

    You hit a great topic here. I do feel like spirituality has more to do with success than anything I can ever apply. Success to me is being happy and satisfied with income earned to support myself and things I like to do. But spirituality is doing things for a higher purpose.
    My spiritual “push” gave me the reason to come online. I had in mind tons of folks that could free themselves by expressing their own gifts and profiting from them via internet marketing. So I dove in and learned and passed it on.
    That invisible part of us, called the spirit is connected to a higher force I believe. This force empowers me because I lean on it. It helps me trust my intuition, my spirit. I just live this way.
    Thanks for bringing this up, I could (maybe should) write an entire book responding to this, but I had to give a snippet to comment.
    Thank YOu
    Donna

  2. Hello Steve, what a great topic here. I find it so interesting to note that this subject is one that I have discussed so many times even in the past two weeks with people that I have chatted with online and with in people that are in my personal circles.

    Your explanation of the difference between Religion and Spirituality is dead on and I thank you for sharing it. To find true happiness we do need to dig deep with in ourselves to determine who we are, what we believe and where we are going; not just as an individual but also as a good Entrepreneur… Truth does in fact set us free….

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Michael. Timing is very interesting sometimes, isn’t it. 🙂 I just really felt led to write this post at that particular time. Guess there was a reason. And I appreciate your pointing out my comments about the difference between religion and true spirituality (or spiritual enlightenment). Most people, I believe, don’t really get that, and there is definitely a difference between the two.

  3. Hey Steve. I’ve always said there is a difference between spirituality and religion although most of the world doesn’t get that. I love that you’ve approached it and how it’s tied to our success as an entrepreneur. Searching inside is one of the best ways to find your true self. I just bought the Secret audiobook. Saw the movie, but wanted to listen to it again for self-enlightenment. Thanks for sharing.

    • Steve says:

      Hi Barbara – Yes, indeed, there is definitely a difference between the two, and you’re absolutely right . . . most people don’t have a clue. True spirituality leads to freedom. As Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Interestingly, he didn’t use that opportunity to define truth, but simply told his followers that the kingdom of God was inside them. That, I believe is where we find truth . . . right there deep inside us . . . as you say, finding our true self, which leads to true success in all areas of our life, not just as entrepreneurs, but in whatever we do. Thanks so much for your comments.

  4. Adrienne says:

    Hey Steve,

    Well, I love this topic and I love all the questions you posed as well. I also have read several of Eckhart Tolle’s book and loved how he made me more aware that the ego was what was really running most people’s lives.

    I know I will not get this entirely right but I remember Oprah talking about Spirituality numerous times and to her it’s just being your true self. It’s your awareness of who you are and that’s exactly what I believe as well.

    I’ve been on my own journey these past five years and boy has it been a great ride. I’ve discovered a lot of things about myself and I’m in the best place ever. I can honest answer your question and say I’m truly happy Steve. No, I’m not rich and no I don’t have worldly possessions. But I have my health, my family, my friends, my dog and I’m doing what I love. What more is there!

    Thanks for sharing this with us and you enjoy your week okay! See you tomorrow.

    ~Adrienne

  5. Hi Steve,

    Very good post and thought provoking piece.

    I started becoming very deeply interested in self development material early 2006, but it was really inside me for much longer than that, since my early twenties. However, I managed to bury that interest of mine for several reasons, until it came back stronger than ever early in 2006 after I’d given 10 years of my life to a cause that deeply disappointed me.

    The result is that I now have a personal development blog and am starting a coaching business that I know will grow.

    Of course, money alone can’t make anyone happy, or millionaires would never commit suicide or be found drunk or drugged somewhere. Yet they do. Happiness and fulfillment are about doing what you want, when you want, and surround yourself with people you want to be with.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks so much, Sylviane, for such honest and open comments about your own story as it relates to a deeper self-search. I was just starting to re-read Mike Dooley’s great book, Infinite Possibilities, this morning in the opening chapter of which he talks about his life-long interest in spiritual matters and how life really works. Like you, though, all that was buried underneath the surface until years later. Perhaps sometimes we need to reach a certain level of maturity in our own life and have certain experiences behind us before we are ready to delve into deeper matters. What do you think?

      Anyway . . . loved your comments. Thanks, Sylviane!

  6. Shelly Allen says:

    Ha! I just connected the dots…Steve Vernon you left me a voice message about a week ago. (Bridge To Success). Isn’t it interesting how the universe uses things in order to make paths cross (wink). BTW… love Eckhart Tolle… devoured several of his books! And your blog post here is right on… (but you know that). 🙂

    • Steve says:

      Yep . . . guilty as charged, Shelly! That was, indeed, me who left you that voicemail. Hopefully you got all straightened out. And . . . it’s always nice to come across another Eckhart Tolle fan! 🙂

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