It is these habits that ensure we do not even notice the many 'spiritual phenomena' that flow-past-us in our everyday lives; it is these habits that keep us locked (passive and alienated) in a prison of dead, accidental 'happenings to us' - events which mean nothing, and are going nowhere.
Of course, here-and-now, a meaningless life is usually underpinned by the metaphysical assumptions that sustain materialism: e.g. that the universe just happened without creative purpose, that 'dead' matter came first in history and 'consciousness' evolved from it, that the material is objective and the spiritual subjective products of Men's thinking, that thinking is a brain activity - cut off from the rest of the world...
Yet, even when the metaphysical assumptions are of God, creation and the primacy of the spiritual over the material - as is the case for many religious people; these proximate materialist assumptions usually remain operative...
Such that many devout Christians actually experience most of the world as caused by factors such as random chance, 'luck', accidents and errors, abstract socio-political systems, and humanly-motivated wickedness.
The idea that the 'mundane' events of My everyday life (at work, in the streets, social relationships, dealing with bureaucracies) are actually manifestations of divine causes and purposes - the idea that 'every little thing' in life can and should be understood spiritually - such notions tends to strike thoughtful Christians as simple-minded, self-serving; or even paranoid or crazy...
Modern Christians have developed automatic psychological processes that will spontaneously 'explain' the events of life using mainstream materialist concepts (vaguely...) derived from sciences such as physics, chemistry, natural selection, psychology.
And as some combination of rigid causal determinism with random and undirected chance.
In spiritual terms; people don't just explain their everyday experiences - they explain-away their significance. They habitually (without choice, without awareness) reduce all that seems striking, important, portentous, numinous of our lives into one or another hypothesis of insignificance.
Thus, we look with wonder and joy at something in the natural world - a tree, cat, landscape, baby - and the apparent spiritual significance our emotion is automatically explained-away (whether in broad brush terms, or by a theory) as wishful thinking, or a consequence of evolution, or some random combination of impersonal causes.
Something happens in our lives, or the lives of those we love, or in the national life - and we merely regard it as an accident, good or bad luck, or duet to the incompetence or wickedness of Men...
In the end; for many people the 'deepest' type of importance anything can have is 'merely' related to our personal emotional response. X is good because it makes me happy or give pleasure; but Y is evil because it makes me sad, angry or ashamed.
(...Or, if we pride ourselves on our altruism - because we suppose that X or Y has this kind of emotional effect of some person or group about whom we are 'concerned'.)
Indeed, by these habits we can (and do, all the time) effortlessly and automatically explain-away everything and anything that has or even could happen to us.
To a remarkable degree Modern Men have become processing-machines for stripping all significance, beauty, interest - and spiritual significance - from Life!
But suppose for a moment that this reality is the creation of a God whose children we are, and who is concerned with the eternal well-being of every one of us...
Does it not seem certain that many of the things that we experience - that 'happen to us' - are in fact communications from God?
That life is full of meaningful experiences from-which we are supposed to learn?
So, on the one hand we have these processing-habits that are reducing Life to a situation of temporary materialistic accident; on the other, we have God continually-shaping our personal life and circumstances in order to teach us, to give useful experiences.
The problem is, it seems, mostly/ overall with us: with you and me.
The problem is our failure to apprehend the meaningful communications all around us and inside us.
But what - exactly - are the divinely-intended and meaningful communications among the 'infinite' number of happenings are are in this world; what are the relevant units of meaning among all the vast possible ways of dividing-up reality...
Is it that landscape, or the oak tree, or a particular leaf that is intended to communicate? And is it our emotional, intellectual or physical response to it which is significant?
In principle the possibilities are limitless - and finding our personal divine communications among those which have other functions resembles seeking a needle in a haystack...
Impossible... except that we our-selves have the innate wherewithal to discover and interpret exactly the communications that God is making.
We each have a 'real-self' of divine and eternal origin and nature; albeit this may be feeble, or buried beneath layers of false selves - and we may have made many choices for-evil that have compounded to distort our perspective and understanding.
Nonetheless; there is a real-self; and it can, in principle, be located and activated - if we thus strive.
In conclusion; we need to have true ultimate and 'metaphysical' explanations of the world - or else our materialistic ideology will undermine and erode to nothingness the significance of divine phenomena. That way lies the alienation, resentment, fear, and self-damning despair; which so characterize these times.
But, in addition to 'good metaphysics', we need to address the problem of habitual materialism of processing - which renders our experienced life-in-practice, alienated and meaningless.
We could, we can - when sufficiently aware of the barriers - know this world for the personal and relevant creation it truly is.
And the first and necessary step is to become aware; to be conscious of the way our socially-inculcated and institutionally-enforced reductionism is (moment-by-moment) sabotaging our knowledge of God's attempted communications.