When you walk your own spiritual path, it can be hard to get to grips with what your spiritual tenets actually are.
This can add a whole other layer of complexity, confusion, and doubt to what is already a challenging journey.
So, I wanted to share some of the conclusions I've come to about my own spirituality, in case it helps you to feel more clear about yours.
I choose to carve out my own unique spiritual path, one step at a time.
I LOVE having the freedom to:
● Explore different spiritual ideas, tools, and practices
● Think my own spiritual thoughts
● Have my own subjective spiritual experiences
● Follow my own inner knowing, insights, and wisdom
● Embrace my spiritual AND material life - I want to feel authentic, inspired, nourished, and abundant in both.
I guess you could say that I cherry-pick the ideas, beliefs, and practices that suit me best - the ones that FEEL most like truth to me and the ones that best help to inspire, uplift, and transform me.
I used to worry this made me flaky or non-committal.
But, summarising what Buddhist teacher, Jack Cornfield* says, the spiritual path isn't a prescribed formula we all have to follow. Rather, we have to be ourselves, learn to listen to and trust ourselves, and discover and connect with our unique expression of the truth.
Amen to that.
I DON'T pursue spiritual ideas, beliefs, or practices that:
● Make me feel bad, wrong, diminished, or insecure - my inner critic can always do that
● Dictate what I should think or do as a ‘good’ spiritual person - I've got my own well-developed ethical and moral compass thanks.
Philosophically, I align with Panentheism.
So, I subscribe to the idea that there's a higher divine Source - a supreme cosmic ground of being - a powerful, spiritual-creative, energetic layer of reality - that permeates all things but also exists beyond space and time.
I love having a mystical relationship, and co-creating, with this bigger-than-me mysterious force.
It allows me to experience myself, and my life, as something more expansive, sacred, and wonder-full than my rational, mundane reality and self.
I don't know what that spiritual-creative Source is exactly but I'm good with not knowing.
A huge part of my spiritual path is doing the inner and outer work that enables me to be my true Self, grow into my potentials, and thrive in life that fulfils my mind, body, spirit, and soul.
This includes things like:
● Being aware of, and healing, my shadow
● Cultivating higher energies (like inspiration, love, and joy) inside of myself and my life
● Tapping into and expressing my spiritual-creative side
● Taking care of my mental, physical, and emotional well-being
● Taking inspired action to help me manifest my visions into reality
I'm not aiming to transcend into the spiritual ether or become a perfected being of love and light.
I want to embrace being human. I want to enjoy my experience of living an embodied material life.
AND I want to cultivate my relationship with the magical, mystical, immaterial realm that makes everything feel more exciting, wild, vivid, and alive.
I guess you could say I want the best of both worlds - don't you?
My Key Spiritual Influences Include:
● My Book - the outline for which 'downloaded' in the night and now forms the blueprint for my work
● Psycho-spiritual psychology
● Spiritual alchemy
● Archetypes and symbology
● Intentional creativity and the expressive/ healing arts
I hope that by sharing a bit about my own spiritual path it reassures, and encourages, you to keep following yours.
*Jack Cornfield (2011) Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are.
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© 2019 Samantha Jenkins