I’m the kind of person that operates primarily out of my right brain so spirituality is an adventure that I enjoy. If someone is primarily left brain and needs logic and statistics in order to believe or even consider something, maybe spirituality is something they are not interested in. I’m not saying one way is the right way or better than the other. Both left and right brained people have different things to offer the world. I just want to start out by saying, I enjoy this. You don’t have to. Both ways are fine.
I grew up in a Mormon family. The community was predominantly of the Mormon faith as well. As far as I knew, this was all that there was, so that was the way I was too. I found as an adult that there are many things with the Mormon church that don’t align with my morals so I made the decision to leave. This was very difficult since I had allowed myself to become fully indoctrinated.
To say the seperation was painful would be an understatement. In fact, it nearly killed my personal spirituality for good. It took a lot of work to awaken it once more.
Once my spirit had awakened though, a wild goose chase had begun. It has been the most crazy, liberating, fun, wild adventure. It has been so much more than just asking favors from god and promising to devote my life to him. Not that that’s what I think of organized religion, that was just my personal experience with it.
I found out really quickly that I don’t believe in a seperate god figure. There is not an omnipotent being that governs and judges us. God is all around. God is the air. God is the rain. God is the plants, the dirt, the animals, the people. God is all that is life-giving. God is all. I am God. You are God. We are all part of this thing, this one thing that is all of existence. Many people have also come to this realization. From what I have found, most Eastern religions and philosophies teach this. This One Thing can be called by many names: Source, Source Field, The Oneness, existence, Unity Consciousness, Christ Consciousness… ect. In finding this, it’s not to say this way is the only way. It’s a possibility I’m exploring and finding great satisfaction and enjoyment with. I wish to stress, there is no one right way. What you find to work for you is truth for you. Everyone’s path is different.
Through Gaiam TV I found a few Kundalini practices that I enjoy doing in the wee morning hours. I like to start my day that way and connect with Source first thing in the morning. I am lucky to have a friend who is also on a spiritual path. A few weeks ago we went to a Nichiren Buddhist Chanting meeting. It was amazing. The chanting has the intention of connecting you with Source through sound. We also attended a group mindfulness meditation, along with walking meditation together and it greatly improved my personal meditation practice. We have decided to thoroughly explore what our local area has to offer in spiritual cultivation. I am lucky to have a friend like her.
What I’m finding is that there is no one right way to practice spirituality. Anyone that teaches otherwise should be ignored. It’s a personal journey, about finding true Self. The ways to practice spirituality ARE limitless. Some examples are; Yoga and all it’s specific practices, meditation and the infinite ways to meditate, chanting, prayer, sweat lodges, psychadelic drugs, fasting, breath work… the list could continue for a long time. Try some of these practices. Be playful and creative in how you practice your spirituality.
Today I chanted Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for a while, then did some Kundalini- style breath of fire, followed by mindfulness meditation. I also programed some crystals after being mindful for a while. It’s not HOW you do it, it’s that you do it. That you set your intention and find a practice, or practices that work for you. It could be as simple as going for a walk after dinner everyday.
Of course it is helpful to have an intention or reason for cultivating your spirituality. For me, I intend to become a being of pure unconditional love, that all my interactions are loving and uplifting to everyone and everything I come in contact with. I am far from this but that’s where the practice really shows it’s value. If I practice unconditional love, then eventually I will become a being full of unconditional love. Practice makes perfect and whatever helps you with your intention is a worthwhile practice.