We often become so caught up in the mundane realities of life that we forget what’s important, and then we hit a rough patch that leaves us in an existential crisis, inducing the deep and rewarding spiritual journey. As we become enlightened about spiritual traditions of the past and present, we find that all paths contain one central truth: we are spiritual beings having a human experience! So how do you become conscious of your true state and bring meaning and vitality back into your daily existence? Find what you believe in and consciously walk your path of truth and light.
The best way to know what you believe is to know what you don’t believe. Whether you are of a particular faith already, looking for a new one, or exploring spirituality for the first time do your research on as many spiritual and religious traditions as possible. Through your research you can deduce what resonates most with your spirit and conscience. Here are a couple of resources to start with. Religion Facts.com is an easy to use site that gives quick facts about religious traditions from Christianity to Voodoo. Another site is Aril.org where you can find more scholarly research and peer-reviewed information on various spiritual and religious traditions from around the world.
Begin Intense Study
Once you have found your path, or paths, of choice it’s time to get comfy with your new found way of life. Become well versed in the teachings in your tradition and start journaling what you learn through your studies. A lot of spiritual growth comes through studying literature that expands your consciousness, and journaling serves as a way to allow the information to flow through you for thorough digestion and understanding.
Embrace a new life
Once you are comfortable with the knowledge imparted to you, it’s time to start practicing. Prayer and meditation are two important practices in all traditions. What you receive spiritually or psychically during prayer, meditation, and contemplation also provide more journaling material. As you continue your experience, you can look back at old journal entries and take a first-hand look at how far you have come on your journey. The same applies to your dreams. Journaling your dreams can allow you to see patterns within your subconscious that will help illuminate you to what you have going on within you, and your path can help with spiritual and emotional healing.
Embracing your spirituality is truly a journey about embracing and loving yourself. It’s about finding out who you are, what you believe, and the best way to govern your life. Spirituality affects every aspect of your life, from the workplace to love affairs. The trick is to be confident in yourself and your beliefs while maintaining your dignity. No matter which path you choose, you will grow and get exactly what you need exactly when you need it. Simply be true to who you are. Know thyelf! Be thyself!
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