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Principles of Spiritual Understanding

There are some principles that more-often-than-not hold true when it comes to viewing and understanding the world from a spiritual viewpoint. What does “spiritual viewpoint” mean? It means….

  • Seeing everyday events and knowing there could be an unseen component that influenced those events (Influence from spirits)
  • Interacting with people and understanding that there is an eternal aspect to that person, and that the visible person has an invisible aspect to their being (An eternally-existing spirit and soul)
  • Being aware that actions taken in the physical world have ramifications in the unseen world – and vice versa
  • Having knowledge that we are not alone in the physical world that we can visibly see

In short, if you have a spiritual viewpoint, you see things (people and events) as multi-dimensional; you know that influence that goes both ways between the physical world and the non-physical world.

Does it mean you understand what is happening between these “realms”? Not necessesarily.

Does it mean you can see spirits? No.

Does it mean you can tell the future or understand what really happenened in the past? No.

What it does mean to have a spiritual viewpoint is mainly that you view the world as part of a larger system, and that larger system is one that we currently are unable to see or touch. It could be called the spirit world, eternity, or even “heaven and hell” (although those two locales are limited in their scope). A modern way to describe this would be more akin to a “multiverse” or parallel universes.

Whatever you call it, one of the principles you will have to accept is that there is such a thing as an unseen realm. That would be the first principle.

A second principle of spiritual understanding is very simple: the unseen realm operates according to rules, or laws. Just as the physical planets have laws (of physics – the most famous and obvious being gravity) the non-physical realm and its various locations have laws. An implication of this is that the unseen world is a place of order, just as the “seen” realm is a place of order. (Chaos can still ensue at times, but overall everything is ordered and governed by the laws.)

The third thing to note is that the spiritual realm is populated with spiritual life – beings that exist there. No doubt, just as specific forms of live prefer specific parts of our realm, there surely must be specific types of beings that congregate within certain parts of the spirit realm. This inference brings us to our next principle.

This fourth principle is that the spirit world often approximates our physical world. It probably doesn’t match 100%, but it very likely would have many recognizable traits if we were able to view it. Some people would say the physical and the spiritual worlds are like mirror images of each other (“as above, so below”). The scripture describes things in the spiritual world as “patterns” for the things in our physical world (see Hebrews 9:23). Popular entertainment has riffed on this theme by portraying the concept of an inverted and upside-down version of our reality (see Stranger Things). What these points of view all have in common is that the two realms relate to each other in many ways, they have many direct connections to each other, and they have recognizable similarities to each other.

What I have just listed are four basic principles that a person must hold to in order to begin to have a spiritual viewpoint of reality. These are all universally necessary and are independent of other belief systems. They are the first principles anyone must grasp before they move on to actually comprehending anything within the spiritual realm.

In a subsequent article, I will lay forth some errors regarding the unseen realm. These, too, are universally true and independent of what faith or religious system a person embraces believes.

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