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    Sep 03, 2014 8:10 AM GMT
    Have you ever felt alone? Not from friends or sex but spiritually
  • SENCGuy1

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    Sep 03, 2014 10:49 AM GMT
    Many times I do feel alone spiritually. I guess it's just the way I am.
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    Sep 03, 2014 1:48 PM GMT
    My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

    Rendon saidHave you ever felt alone? Not from friends or sex but spiritually


    As long as you can listen to your thoughts, how are you ever alone?

    So are you alone or are you uncomfortable being with your thoughts?

    If you are uncomfortable being with your thoughts, how can you be one with them. If you can be one with your thoughts, would you ever be alone without them?

    If your thoughts are always with you then how are you ever alone. When you are comfortable with your thinking then alone with your thoughts you are in good company.

    "I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self..."~~Joshua Slocum
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 03, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
    When I was single, I felt lonely maybe once or twice/year. But only for an evening. Not spiritually. I wasn't brainwashed into needing some floating deity that you never see or hear. I don't mean to be callous. I just believe that it is the repetition of the GOD mantra from a young age that conditions the wiring in the brain to need it. Once there it never leaves, or seldom. Kind of like everyone feels most at home in the physical environment of his youth. Or comfort food.
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    No, I never experienced loneliness spiritually.

    Could you explain more about how do you feel? By what and why?
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:44 PM GMT
    Yes, very much. I was very spiritual at one point and then felt very abandoned my those who knew me due to my faith. Spiritually, I felt very alone and very much in question of all that I believed.
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    Sep 03, 2014 5:07 PM GMT
    Rendon saidHave you ever felt alone? Not from friends or sex but spiritually


    Call upon Jesus when you do.
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    Sep 03, 2014 5:34 PM GMT
    What you are experiencing St. John of the Cross called the Dark Night of the Soul. Many "holy" people and "mystics" had the same experience. Even Mother Theresa reported feeling alone in her relationship to the divine.

    I got tired of the one way communication so I just stopped talking to an imaginary being and focus on the here and now and what is tangible and real.

    I figure if IT is real and wants a relationship IT will get in touch with me. I tried. Lord knows I tried.
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    Sep 03, 2014 10:31 PM GMT
    I think any human being who is not mentally impaired is liable to this feeling. It's part of being human, and it's actually a good thing if it leads you to exploration.

    Always remind yourself that all feelings (as all thoughts...and the two are linked) are temporary. We get stuck if we put too much stock in them. If you are patient, you will see them pass. That doesn't mean they are meaningless, it means we make a mistake if we identify with them.

    There's a fundamental part of your mind which I can only describe as a capacity to just be aware. It's present all the time but we don't notice it because we are so preoccupied with all the surface data coming in that has to be sorted and responded to (much of it unconsciously.)

    If you experience this simple quality of the mind, it leaves you with a kind of faith in yourself and your life. I've only experienced it very briefly a few times, and for me it's come through yoga and meditation, but I believe people can encounter it in a lot of different ways.

    I don't mean for this to sound mystical, etc. This is not "enlightenment." When you experience it, it seems profoundly plain and ordinary because it really is. It's there all the time. And it feels pleasant and it feels like home base.

    So when you feel spiritually alone it can be a good thing. It can prod you toward your own search.
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    Sep 03, 2014 10:46 PM GMT
    Rendon saidHave you ever felt alone? Not from friends or sex but spiritually


    I'm in the deep South dude. Might as well be living on Mars but with a lousier view (local grub's good for compensating your sorrows with though)
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    Sep 03, 2014 11:10 PM GMT
    I always feel alone, just I have to get used to it! =(
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    Sep 04, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    Sure even those who believe in God can feel his absence.Read the Biography of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.Just keep praying each day.God is always with you even if you dont feel it sometimes.Ryan
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    Sep 04, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    I've never felt alone spiritually but I've felt alone in relation to connection with other people, not as a permanent condition but at infrequent episodes. I think that's a normal and natural experience.
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    Sep 04, 2014 4:31 AM GMT
    Rendon saidHave you ever felt alone? Not from friends or sex but spiritually


    I guess I do sometimes when I am in doubt when life doesn't seem to be going as I feel it should at moments and my spirits are down. But not completely. But come to think of it, that could be the cause of my anxiety and panic attacks.
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    Sep 04, 2014 4:34 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan said...

    I figure if IT is real and wants a relationship IT will get in touch with me. I tried. Lord knows I tried.


    Now, did he really say that on purpose or was it a Freudian Slip?

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    Sep 04, 2014 4:52 AM GMT
    Spirituality is an interesting, but so critical a thing for human beings. For you as a descendant of Europeans, I can only suggest that you start reading the writings and thoughts of Carl Jung. He spoke to your people, specifically, in a spiritual and scientific way about the challenges and questions of spirituality. Even I, as a descendant of black African people (and Jung had definite issues he needed to deal therapy with himself in regard to dark skinned people), can acknowledge the fact that he was very intelligent, gifted, and insightful. And overlook the Nazi thing with him, I'm not sure that European historians were correct in casting him as such a person. I think he was really trying to help his own people understand the reality of spiritual and psychic reality (which my own people seem to intrinsically understand) in human beings. I hope this helps you along your journey.
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    Sep 04, 2014 5:42 AM GMT
    I'm the loneliest of them all. But it's not so bad being alone. Like, I can eat Cheez-its in my bed and nobody nags me about it. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 04, 2014 6:37 AM GMT
    Rendon saidHave you ever felt alone? Not from friends or sex but spiritually


    Very much the opposite these days. Frequently feel very alone in the sense of having few friends and no intimacy, but not spiritually, at least since leaving the churches and religious schools of my childhood and adolescence behind me.

    For what it's worth, I kind of feel like the loneliness I felt back then was due to the pressure to feel a spiritual experience that was imposed culturally.

    Then again, I'm realizing I have a hard time defining spiritual loneliness in a meaningful way, and even more difficulty pinning down what the opposite would be. I just don't feel like I'm missing anything now that I'm free to find meaning anywhere.
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    Sep 04, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
    WickedRyan saidSure even those who believe in God can feel his absence.Read the Biography of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.Just keep praying each day.God is always with you even if you dont feel it sometimes.Ryan



    Like it !!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 04, 2014 2:55 PM GMT
    perseverance: The propensity to repeat mistakes from history even without ignoring them.

    declansloan saidSpirituality is an interesting, but so critical a thing for human beings. For you as a descendant of Europeans, I can only suggest that you start reading the writings and thoughts of Carl Jung. He spoke to your people, specifically, in a spiritual and scientific way about the challenges and questions of spirituality. Even I, as a descendant of black African people...


    http://jewishcurrents.org/carl-jung-and-the-question-of-anti-semitism-15187
    In evaluating Jung’s attitudes towards Jews, one must consider the culture of anti-Semitism that was pervasive in Europe at the time.
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    Sep 04, 2014 10:15 PM GMT
    Zeitgeist. Yes, let's incorporate anti-semitism into this, Alan.
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    Sep 05, 2014 2:17 AM GMT
    Absolutely. But you still have to live.