Q: What is meant by Contemplation-Based Spirituality?
A: This conception of spirituality is founded on the philosophy of duality of reality or truth – the Creator and the creature are wholly separate from one another. Spirituality from this point of view is the creature (man) wants to make connections with his Creator (God). In this concept, spirituality results in the realization of God. According to this model, God has a real and eternal existence. He created all things and has complete control of the universe. The creature is accountable to Him and spirituality can be achieved through meditation (thought or remembrance) of Him.
The spirituality in contemplative spirituality is a direct result of intellectual development where a believer ponders over God and His creations. When he gives serious thought to questions regarding the ideology of life such as, “Who am I?” “What is the purpose of my life?” “Is my life governed by destiny or free will?” “Where will I go after my death?” A seeker will find spirituality by finding rational answers to such queries.
Jesus Christ once said, “Man cannot live by bread alone.” This mean man requires something more to experience fulfillment. Man is composed of two things – body and soul – both needs nourishment to survive. Man body is nourished by material food. Spirituality is needed for the nourishment of the soul.
One is regarded as being spiritual when one’s mind is focused on a higher, non-material reality of existence. The opposite of spirituality is materialistic.