Excerpt About Spiritual Development
Discovery and Integration of Essential PresenceWe can define "spiritual" more precisely at this point. The spiritual dimension of the self is its ontological Presence, its essential nature. In fact, what we have termed Essence is what the various philosophies, religions, and spiritual teachings have called "spirit." So we see that spirit is not something otherworldly and ephemeral; it is actually our fundamental nature, the ground and ultimate truth of ourselves. Spiritual development means, then, the discovery and integration of our essential Presence in our experience of ourselves. And since this Presence is ultimately nondual and forms the ground of our wholeness, spiritual development can also be seen as the movement towards wholeness.