I remember a good friend telling me of how an older sister was paying for various "New Age" treatments. Essentially, she was paying to find spirituality. My question is: is this actually a realistic proposition? Can spirituality be taught and learned the way an academic subject can be? My personal consideration is that spirituality is essential an understanding that must come from within. When we are taught things, we often fail to comprehend the subject matter. For that reason we can nod and agree that fire must indeed be hot, and that hot can be a bad thing. Yet we cannot learn what hot is unless we burn ourselves. If a person has never seen a mountain before, and you explain a mountain to them, then what does that person actually know about mountains? No doubt they would think they know what a mountain is from just the words of a description - but how would they feel if they actually stood before a mountain themselves? This is the conundrum about spirituality - that it cannot be intellectualised. This is precisely why forms of rational thinking will often fail to appreciate spirituality - because it can only deal with the superficial concept of this, rather than the actual necessary personal and intuitive realisation that is necessary. But objections aside, can spirituality actually be taught? And if only to the intellect, is that a loss or gain or irrelevant to the question? Is spirituality really only learned from within?