The discovery of concepts that allow us peace, a sense of order and an understanding seem to be the goal. It is an inside job. Spiritual ideas are usually simple. Where do I start looking for what will work for me? Just like choosing clothes, not everything in every way works for every person.
Our information and media rich environment fills in spaces automatically that our parents and grandparents used, to “find” a philosophy that works. There is always to corner place of worship to visit. There is the copy of a recognized sacred book to study. There are treasure troves of music that might attract us. What are we seeking?
What ideas allow each person a sense of well-being and purpose? Human beings each favor different desires. Music, other people by intellectual mathematics, still others by physical conquest or the absence of stimuli moves some individuals.
We are thinking, feeling beings. It is natural to desire a sense of order. Spiritual symbols tend to be simple giving our brain something to focus on. The stability of that focus lends a sense of peace.
A consistent common need seems to be the sharing of the applied ideas or the concept of fellowship. Gathering to share experience, comparing similarities and differences. As if the sharing of food allows camaraderie and laughter, it can symbolize familiarity and intimacy. Our symbols tend to be simple and comforting.
We seek reverence. We hunger for a sense of Sacred. Something that is not held secret or selfishly, but something valuable enough to choose well, when and with whom we share it.