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For the first time in our adult lives many of us are freely admitting to an aching spiritual emptiness, the full depth of which we are only gradually becoming aware.
The good news is that it is now possible to make this admission without being considered a religious nut -- or a psychotic.
The bad news is that "spirituality" is in danger of becoming a meaningless word used to describe anything that can't be tied down, a synonym for warm-fuzziness.
The world-class model hyping her book of beauty hints on TV reduces spirituality to "the big beauty tip of the decade." Others diminish spirituality to the instant, unquestioning acceptance of a pet, the after-glow of a tennis tournament, or the interior decor of a blues club.
We are offered pop psychology, greeting-card wisdom, and gift-book comfort. They are not enough to satisfy the wrenching spiritual hunger that many of us are feeling. "The very best" is no longer good enough. From experience we know we need more than the "fix" of a self-help book, or even the rewards of the most responsible therapy. We know that the spiritual life we seek goes far beyond and deeper than being well adjusted. We know, too, that the spirituality for which we hunger is not the same as a renewed morality, that it goes beyond a life of good behavior, kind deeds and motivations. It goes beyond an archeological dig into childhood religion. We need more than talk of "soul" that reduces our spirit to a measure of energy.
We are more than a little weary of spiritual junk food.
We are beginning to realize that we hunger for God and that for far too long we have settled for far too little. This basic, primal hunger for God may be the least recognized and acknowledged aspect of today's highly publicized spiritual quest and our own personal journey.
We want what the great mystics, sought and found -- not an occasional comforting word but a perspective-shattering glimpse of God, not one more promise of bliss in ten days and ten steps but a here-and-now taste of eternity. Nothing less will satisfy this hunger, too long denied.