[Part 4 of a 4-Part Series]
As we gestate in the womb of spiritual discontent, we get inspiration about the new spiritual direction we need to take. And as quick as the inspirations come, they often are dashed by our fear of being judged for the change we desire. Or they might be hampered by us not being 100% sure about our desire. Back and forth we go, being tossed by the waves of possibility and caution. If this is where you are right now, let me share some comforting considerations with you.
Judgment Be Damned!
It doesn’t matter what new spiritual path we take. Being satisfied with it does! It doesn’t matter if we are judged for our new choice. We will be judged no matter what we are doing, so why not be judged for being our authentic self? Why keep trying to be what society says we need to be, just so we won’t be judged?
“What is Love? Love is the absence of judgment.”
As we uncover more of the Divine within us, we can learn to be less vulnerable to judgment.
Who Am I NOW?
“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”
Most people on planet Earth were raised in a system that told them what to believe. They never had to figure out the “spirituality thing,” because they were steeped in someone else’s spiritual paradigm. When you are in the phase of spiritual discontent, the task at hand is to uncover who you are NOW as a spiritual being. Helpful questions to ask yourself for this inner work could be . . .
- What isn’t working with my current spiritual path?
- What has been working?
- Are they high-quality results or just so-so?
- What would I like to be feeling, as a spiritual being?
- What new spiritual experiences do I need?
- Who gave me my spiritual belief system?
- Do I need a new path or do I just need to take my current one deeper?
- If I could create my own spiritual path, what would it look like?
- What values and qualities do I want in my “soul family”? (Think trust and safety, for sure!)
- What type of spiritual camaraderie am I needing?
- What fears and concerns do I have about spiritual setbacks?
No Experience Required
What if you’re one of those people who has never really had much of a spiritual upbringing? Or what if you are agnostic or atheist, but feel curious, open, and ready to explore the mystical part of yourself? Well, you are a rare breed indeed! The cool thing for you is that you get to create your own spirituality. Consider what the late Stephen Hawking said in his final book . . .
“I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
This in itself is a spiritual path . . . one life to ponder and appreciate life itself. Mr. Hawking was fully satisfied with this spiritual belief and you can do the same for yourself.
Crafting a Path
“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”
How does one craft a spiritual path of their own making? Whether it’s taking your current one deeper or creating a brand new one for yourself, there are three principles that apply to them all: action, devotion, and contemplation.
The principle of action is about our use of the body to BE in the God Force. It can include things like creating sacred space, cleansing sacred space, invoking spiritual energy, practices or rituals, basic forms of Yoga, connecting with Nature, and connecting with kindred spirits.
The principle of devotion is about our use of the heart to TALK with the God Force. It can include things like reverence for the Divine self, keeping a spiritual diary or journal, practices of attunement to the God Force, using chanting or mantras, service to the Light through your life purpose, and gratitude for abundance.
The principle of contemplation is about our use of the mind to LISTEN to the God Force. It can include things like meditation as a door to divine guidance, receptivity to symbols, reading and reflection, study and research, and visualization to develop the third eye. This is the sixth chakra that is associated with intuition.
Authentic Spiritual Satisfaction
In the closing of this four-part article series, let me say that spirituality is all about, as Angie Arrien put it, “Walking the mystical path with practical feet”. I would only add the imperative requirement for authenticity in that walk. I have devoted my life to the uncovering of my Divine self and supporting those who are also seekers of the Divine within.
One way I do this is through the Your Path~Your Spiritual Satisfaction group coaching program that I created. It includes a self-assessment on the topics I have discussed in this article and more. If you’d like to learn more about it, please watch the latest info session recording in our online school. There is no charge to create a profile in the school.
The World Needs You to Take the Big Leap
Whether you take your next step with a trusted community or launch out on your own, I cheer you on to just go for it! Take that big leap! You have mind-bending rewards awaiting you over the next spiritual horizon. Not only am I excited for you, but the world needs you to do it. The more of the Divine you see in yourself, the easier it is to see it in everyone else. We sure need that these days!
Please connect with me about your current spiritual satisfaction and what changes you are considering. I LOVE talking with kindred spirits about this topic! You can use the comment section below, or for more privacy, email me at [email protected].
Written by Laura Abernathy