When you walk your own spiritual path, it can be hard to get to grips with what your spiritual tenets actually are, which 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 spiritual path, in case it helps you to feel more clear and confident 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 thoughts about the meaning and make-up of life
● value my own subjective spiritual experiences
● trust my inner curiosity, 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 I cherry-pick the spiritual ideas, beliefs, and practices that suit me best ~ the ones that FEEL most resonant, inspiring, loving, and transformational to me.
I used to worry this made me flaky or non-committal but, in summarising Buddhist teacher, Jack Cornfield* ~ 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, weird, or insecure
● dictate what I should think or do as a ‘good’ spiritual person ~ I've got my own well-developed ethical and moral inner 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 gender, space, form, and time.
I love having a mystical relationship, and co-creating, with this bigger-than-me force. It allows me to experience myself, and my life, as something more expansive, sacred, and wonderful than my rational, mundane reality and self.
I don't know what this spiritual-creative Source is exactly but I'm good with not knowing. It is a mystery.
My path's mainly about my psycho-spiritual journey of discovery, awareness, transformation, and growth
This includes doing the inner and outer work to be more fully myself, step into my potentials, and thrive in a life that fulfils my mind, body, spirit, and soul.
This includes things like:
● being aware of, and integrating more of, my shadow
● cultivating higher qualities (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 co-create my desired reality
I'm not aiming to transcend into the spiritual ether or become a perfected being of love and light.
I want to embrace my messy, vulnerable human side and enjoy my experience of living an embodied material life.
AND I want to cultivate my relationship with the mystical, magical side of reality, as this makes everything feel more exciting, vivid, and enchanting.
I guess you could say I want the best of both worlds ~ don't you?
My Key Influences Include:
● My Book (the outline for which came in the middle of 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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