Not long ago I used to think that we are our bodies and nothing more. There was nothing more than that, until I was able to learn that we are more than our physical bodies. This discovery shocked me from my belief system that I had developed over the years. The message was so clear that I couldn’t believe it, that we are all spiritual beings housed in our bodies. This seemed to be complicated stuff, especially because I wasn’t a religious person; and I subscribed to Karl Marx’s theory that religion is opium to the masses.
I dismissed techniques that promoted spirituality like meditation and prayers. I was just like any other normal person living life as it is or better still taking one day at a time. I remember there are times I used to struggle so much and look for answers when I was engulfed with complicated situations. In any case my rational mind was my guide and I had to listen to it every time. I didn’t care to know who I was, provided I was alive and I could make it out there. This made me a special person I called the Average Man, who was neither this nor that. He was just there in middle and couldn’t take a stand about something. In reality I never stood for something and didn’t want to oppose anyone. I wanted to be good to everyone and that’s how I was brought up.
I limited myself because of my body and this seemed so boring and felt like I was in a cage. Breaking from that cage has been a difficult task because it has been conditioned in my mind. Everything I saw was projected from my physical me.
My doubts grew less when I discovered that I am a spiritual being having a human experience. That was a powerful break because it made me realize that I was more than my body. Being a spirit meant that I wasn’t male or female. I could have been either and fitted perfectly. It is my body that decided my sex.
What are my reasons for bringing up the issue of spirituality? I have been talking about purpose and the best way to know one’s purpose is to remember that we are all spiritual beings that have a reason to be here. We didn’t come here to flow with the life the way it is. We came to influence the life we are living by ensuring the world is better than it is. However the world cannot be better until we are purposeful. At times I look at the babies who come to the world every day. Most of us are in agreement that children are bundles of joy and true blessing. However do we ever wonder if they have any influence on this life?
To be frank with you, I bet that spirituality is the World Bank of Humanity. That’s where our strength and passion lies. All the answers that we seek are inside us, in that part that we have ignored for so long – our spirit. I know of so many people who are looking for answers in their lives every day. If I told them that the answers to their questions lie within them, they would think I am bluffing.
The Spiritual Challenge
I want to challenge each and every one of us to rediscover who we are by reviving our spirituality. I am not suggesting anyone to follow a particular religion. All of us need to find our own path that will lead us to the Higher Power, the Divine or God. Someone else’s experience cannot be your experience until you are able to have your own experience and journey to the truth. That way it will be easy to discover our purpose and pursue it as if all our lives depended on it.
– Bikundo Onyari
Bikundo is a self taught social entrepreneur, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a Bridge2Success mentor and coach for upward mobile young professionals who are ambitious, smart, go-getters and high achievers who are keen to create a dynamic and inspiring life. Bikundo feels purposeful working with people to realize and nurture their abilities. Apart from Kenya, he has worked in a variety of locations including Rwanda, Uganda, the Netherlands, Morocco and Mexico. You can reach him on Twitter @BikundoOnyari.