In the late 1990’s I became an Ordained Minister, got a Masters in Religious Science and a PhD in Metaphysics. To me this did not seem unusual but at the time that I did this I had a lot of people questioning and not really supporting my spiritual evolution. It was much easier as a healing practitioner to stay quiet and perform run of the mill sports massage and occasionally offer intuitive readings to my clients than to speak out about my preferences and lifestyle choices. But fast forward to present time and we hear so much talk about diversity, empowerment and balance I decided it was time that I spoke openly about the subject of Spirituality.
Those that claim to be “spiritual but not religious” account for over 20% of the population in the United States. But what does the word spiritual really mean? The word spiritual is used to describe that which relates the human spirit. It goes beyond the material. But spirituality goes beyond the confines of what people call religion. Spirituality is about essence, authenticity and connection to something bigger than the self.
Spirituality is about appreciating all aspects of life fully. Most people have learned to experience the world in a limited and often very superficial way. But there is so much more just below the surface. When I speak to my clients about self care I like to remind them that their consciousness is made up of different aspects: The Physical Self, The Emotional Self, The Mental Self and the Spiritual Self. Each of these aspects has it’s own function, it’s own needs and each expresses in our lives in different ways.
So, When I am speaking about Spirituality, I am actually speaking about the spiritual aspect of the self rather than what organized religion a person follows or identifies themselves by. Spirituality actually embraces all religions because it recognizes that all of them are different paths to the same destination.
If you’d like to further cultivate your spirituality, consider these ideas:
- Practice openness. Our tendency is to judge things by our past experiences. What if you just let go of your past perceptions and greeted every new situation with a fresh and open perspective? When faced with something new, try to keep an open and non-judgmental mind. New opportunities to learn and expand your perspective are all around you in every single minute Attaining a higher sense of spirituality requires being open to the possibilities.
- Learn to listen. This is huge. Few people really listen. Most of us are simply waiting for our turn to talk. People get lost in their own thoughts and dive deep into their mental body sorting out what they are going to say in response to someone or even how it will be perceived. This keeps them from being present in the moment. In order to really hear someone, It’s not just about listening with your ears. It’s about listening with your heart to hear what the world is trying to communicate to you. Become aware of words spoken as well as non-spoken.
- See the beauty in people, things, and situations. Part of spirituality involves seeing the truth. Seeing things as they really are as opposed to through a lens of how we wish them to be. There is beauty to be found in nearly everything and recognizing it is part of recognizing the truth. When you truly see the truth, you come to realize there are very few things to worry about.
- Spend some time in nature. There are few things more spiritual than sitting in nature with the sun on your face and the breeze pressing against your back. Experience the trees, grass, flowers, and birds. By connecting with the beauty and energy of nature you will feel a sense of peace and well being.
- Look for the bigger picture. The mere act of wondering about the universe and what it all means is an exercise is spirituality. Consider your life purpose and true meaning to the world. What mission did you come here to complete? What is the greatest gift you have to give?
- Spirituality is ultimately about self-discovery and awareness. It can be considered the art and science of discovering who and what you really are. The keys to understanding the meaning of our world and our universe is locked deep inside your own consciousness.
- Stay focused on the present. Living in the past or the future isn’t living. If you are anxious and worrying about what may happen in the future you are using your creative energy and lifefoce to fabricate alternate realities. If you can pull your energy out of the future and into present time you will save yourself a lot of stress. Likewise if you spend to much time in the past feeling regret you are robbing yourself of being fully present and spending unnecessary and harmful energy that will effect your mental, emotional and physical self. Life can only be lived right now. Part of being spiritual is recognizing that living a positive life today leads to good things tomorrow. Spend time each day focusing only on the moment you’re currently experiencing. By focusing on your thoughts, words, and actions today, you have the ultimate amount of control over your life.
- Love yourself. If you don’t love yourself, how will you ever feel comfortable enough to present your true self to the world? I’m not talking about just your physical appearance. I am talking about loving and caring for your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies as well. We’ve all done things the wrong way and come up short numerous times in our lives, but it doesn’t define our essence. It merely describes us in a certain situation at a certain time. Glean the learnings from past experiences and love and respect the wisdom you collect.
- Allow yourself to be inspired. To fully learn about yourself, it’s important to experience new things. Step out of your comfort zone: Meet new people and read new books. Only by being exposed to everything that interests you can you learn everything there is to know about yourself. Never stop learning and moving towards that which interests and inspires you.
If you’ve ever been dissatisfied with your life and thought, “There must be something more” you’re absolutely right. There’s a whole lot more. Learning about yourself and your place in the world might even be the true meaning of life. But that’s for you to decide and discover. I would love to support you on your journey of self discovery and awareness.