First part of the discussion between two old friends.
So the other day, I met with a lady friend of mine. It has been a couple of years since we sniffed the aroma of a good coffee shop together. And as far as I can recall, our sniffing noses were often accompanied with a lot of chit chat or as they say- discussions!
Only this time it was different.
She texted me yesterday, “We need to meet. Asap. Discussion”.
“Hey! whatever happened to pleasantries after 3 years?”, I said. No response.
“Fine. Meet me tomorrow at 6 after sunset. You know where!”, I messaged her again.
A discussion before coffee was unusual for her but who cares, my dog nose was awakened already. We met at our usual coffee shop at the galleria and it began.
She (nervously): How have you been? You look good. I am too. Thanks.
Me (relaxed): Whoa! Are you alright? What the heck did you sniff ol’ lady? Am sure coffee is not the answer!
She (mildly agitated): Ha Ha, not funny. There is a lot going in my life right now. Well, more like my mind. but…anyway, are you still into that spiritual stuff?
Me (hesitatingly): yeah… you know once you go spiritual, ain’t no way back to actual (with a smirk).
She (agitated): Shut up! I have been feeling weird lately and am not sure whether I am the spider that spun this web and is stuck in it.
Me (blank expression): You always hated spiders. What’s gotten into you? Alright! Enough of mystery and jokes. Tell me, what it is?
She (dropping the guards off): I experienced a few nasty events a few months back. You know bad breakup, workplace politics, cash crunch, just the regular ones!
Me (focussed): Yeah. Go on…
She (excited): So I started reading self help books, motivation and life coach. Eventually I slipped into this new age spirituality. You know, angels, tarot, energy work et cetera.
Me (with a smile): That’s unexpected of you. The most cynical girl I have met so far.
She (with a laugh): I know right! But things change man. We change too.
Me: Yeah, they definitely do. So where is the spiders web here, I still can’t see it?
She (thoughtfully): We will come to that later. I just wanted to pick up this meeting from where we left. You remember?
Me (sadly): How can I forget? I was spinning the web myself and trying to show you the beautiful network. But… nevertheless. I am glad that we met today. I am surprised to see you talking the words that you never understood when they came from my mouth. It is a happy surprise!
She (smiling): I guess, your spider’s web pulled me atlast. And now I am trying to make sense of it myself.
Me (relaxed): So where shall we begin milady?
She: What is spirituality? What is this duality, the dilemma, the tug of war between those spiritual and those who-are-still-asleep?
I took a deep breath, sniffed my, now cold, coffee and said,
“We live in a strange world, my friend. Stranger than science can ever explain and deeper than our wits can ever dig. Spirit is the link between that which is visible and one that we believe is out there. Psychology will call the belief of a reality out there as subjective while the reality that you and I, we all can see right now is objective.
But people like you and me know otherwise. There is a link between our subjective and objective realities. A bridge that connects the physical with metaphysical. A path that is an enigma and it is called spirituality.”
She (contemplatively): That is the most sane definition of the word I have heard so far.
Me (engrossed): I believe that a truly spiritual person is also materialistically awakened. Because the spiritual and material worlds are mere shadows of each other. Two sides of the same coin, really!
She (hesitatingly): But isn’t spirituality all about renunciation and god?
Me (smiling): I won’t say all. A part of it does indeed require practicing renunciation and understanding our relationship with god but being spiritual is more than that.
She (excited): I can sense we are going to need more than just one cup of coffee today.
I ordered some french fries and another round of this cocoa elixir.
To be continued…
Originally published at https://email@example.com on August 26, 2020.