Spirituality is something that many people have a hard time understanding. What does it mean to be spiritual? How do you embrace spirituality in your life? This blog post will explore the meaning of spirituality and ways to embrace it!
Spirituality has been around for a long time, and some time or another, you will come across it in your life. You have heard about it but really don’t know the meaning of spirituality. Maybe you are already doing something that is related to spirituality like yoga or tai chi, meditations, affirmations, etc.
Some people say it’s a Religion, but really it’s not. All Religions have some sort of spirituality within them, but there are so many different Religions in the world with their own way of looking at and recognising spirituality, but this is not the true meaning of spirituality.
Also, there are different cultures, and when you’re born in a family with a cultural background, you’re taught to follow the specific spiritual beliefs and rituals in your culture from an early age. That’s okay, but there is much more to learn about spirituality.
Spirituality is not a belief system, proving things exist or a chemical and brain state.
Some people think spirituality is irrational or a fictional realm and fairy tale creatures, and biblical stories, imaginary or wishful thinking or even woo-woo. And, assuming it means made up things that don’t exist therefore are not worthy of consideration or attention, so you tend to ignore it.
It isn’t related to a particular age group but more of an individual recognition when you’re ready, you become aware of it, and you want to explore more.
When you believe in things that you can’t see or touch is the first lesson.
Once you know what spirituality really means, you may want to start personal development to become a happier person and have a fulfilled and meaningful life.
Meaning of Spirituality
There are several ways to explain, which I will, but it’s really up to you or what resonates within you as to the meaning of Spirituality. You could resonate with one or all of them.
Spirituality is a deep connection to reality but can’t be understood, which is not commonly experienced by mundane lives or ordinary life—having a connection (not just a good feeling) to its beauty and existence and that sense of wonder of nature of reality.
With the existence of the sky, the stars the universe, there is so much more out there than meets the naked eye, more than we can physically see. There is something higher than what’s on earth and the life we live. That connection to the higher self expands to different levels; we feel it and understand it.
That’s why feelings, not facts, should guide life; I know with my learning, it’s definitely only through feelings we are most likely to be on the right path of our life. You may feel it’s a fact’s before feelings, but not everything can be explained with facts. That’s another topic on its own – Heart versus Mind.
All evidence points to the heart as the centre of both feelings and decision-making, so depending on what your heart tells you is how you should lead your life.
Spirituality is the process of questioning everything you thought was true to get to a raw truth.
When you find this objective truth in a raw form and feel awe towards it, spirituality is the ability to connect with it.
Awe means from the dictionary – “an overwhelming feeling of reference, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extreme.”
Spirituality is a development of the connection of reality, answering questions about the nature of existence and seeking the absolute truth. The essence of spirituality is seeking the ultimate truth directly, independent belief systems, ideologies and seeking the absolute truth. This is the most spiritual act one can perform in their life.
For example: a monk who spends his lifetime doing the above says no, I don’t want all the standard stuff, I don’t care about making lots of money. I don’t want all those distractions, and I’m going to concentrate on loving reality; I’m going directly to reality, the absolute truth. You are in love with your mind. Compared to the ordinary person who is preoccupied with the mundane things in life, making money, being materialistic, travelling, etc. There is no personal union with truth living that way, and those who live this way never realise their true spiritual potential.
Spirituality is the raising of consciousness; by expanding and going beyond the normal, the ordinary consciousness is attuned by illusion so that you are constantly just living on your survival needs(which is our mind – our ego).
Your consciousness has many higher and higher levels; from there, you experience reality in a different way. By becoming open-minded in a radical way, you open yourself up to all kinds of possibilities. Your mind becomes more flexible, and the so-called weird stuff happens, like experiencing non-physical things, the woo woo things become real. It is because your new mind is at different levels of consciousness. And can create what you want and construct your new physical reality that you couldn’t do before as you were in the lower level of consciousness.
Spirituality is the raising of consciousness; by expanding and going beyond the normal, the ordinary consciousness is attuned by illusion so that you are constantly just living on your survival needs.
Ways of Embracing Spirituality
Meditation for raising your consciousness to different higher levels.
Meditative states are different to regular meditation, it’s another way to meditate, but with practice, this will help you get to the meditative states.
This type of meditation is available on YouTube; the key is to find one or two that works for you and can be done regularly. As it may be hard at first, but when you do it more frequently, it does get easier.
Yoga Nidra is a very deep relaxation technique that allows you to deepen your meditative state.
Doing some personal journey work on yourself, like answering some hard, truthful questions about yourself and your lifestyle. Discovering what truths and actions need to take for you to become a more spiritual person.
Embracing Spirituality aligning yourself with truth and developing higher consciousness.
The work brings the truth back down into your everyday life and embodies that truth, not becoming conscious of the truth.
For example: Aligning your everyday life, changing your habits, your addictions, and you need to de-program and de-construct any false beliefs you have.
Spirituality is when you feel that you are physically connected to everything in the universe that has happened or will happen—removing the idea that you are separated being infinite universal connected as a physical fact, as raw fact in your consciousness.
Absolute Truth can’t be proven; the truth is a much more vast domain than proof, as proof uses indirect methods, but the truth is direct.
Yoga or Tai Chi
Both of these practices have many health benefits, including improved balance and flexibility plus increased energy while concentrating on breathing techniques.
Yoga and Tai Chi enhances your connection to the divine, which is who we are and, in turn, connects us more deeply to our spiritual selves.
Sharman work is like being in a trance while dancing with music or humming and also provides you peace of mind and body-soul harmony.
You dance, hum or drum freely, letting yourself go, allowing your body to dance how it feels, and the same with humming and drumming, whatever you feel from within will come out with its own rhythm. Your inner expressions take the reins.
This will bring about increased energy as well as decreased stress levels. The more often that people do Sharman, the better they feel mentally and physically too!
Sharman work is an excellent spiritual practice as it helps you connect to the same energy as when you were a kid, so it has lots of meaning and benefits. You dance, hum or drum freely, letting yourself go to do what you feel from within.
Visualisation techniques and Enlightenment
Visualisation techniques and Enlightenment are the way of understanding and seeing things with clarity and how they are.
Visualisation techniques include vividly imagining a scenario, building up the details until you feel like you’re there, picturing and seeing yourself in that situation so vividly it feels like you’re experiencing it.
Another example of a visualisation technique is imagining you so that you’re feeling comfortable, happy and safe. If you need some guidance for visualisation, try this YouTube clip that I use Yoga Nidra Meditation and Visualization for Inner Peace and Healing / Mindful Movement. You will be amazed.
Visualisation is one of the many ways to get spiritually enlightened because it vividly puts you inside an environment or scenario, so you can work on changing those feelings and emotions into positive ones. This technique also helps with self-esteem because when you picture yourself more confident, for example, in a speech or when you go to an interview, it helps you feel more confident and clear goals.
This technique also helps overcome fear by picturing yourself as something you’re not. When faced with things that scare you, you’ll be able to imagine yourself being the person who doesn’t get scared or worried because you are calm and collected in any situation.
This technique can help you in any situation and is one of the many ways to get and stay spiritually enlightened.
It’s crucial to find a way that you feel comfortable with and create an awareness of your spiritual self.
Learning how to relax become more in tune with yourself and the world around you is rewarding on many levels. So much stress can be relieved by just being mindful for five minutes or less per day every single day.
Spirituality is essential for everyone to have a sense of meaning, belonging, purpose or direction in their life.
There are many ways one can embrace spirituality in their life, such as meditation, which helps you tune in to the inner world, and art to work out.
It takes courage, but every moment we spend trying new things brings us closer to our true selves, so take the time to find something that makes you feel good, mind, body, and soul.
Once self-identity is expanded, infinite and universal, you realise there are many universes and that you’re not the only beings here.
You may be already experiencing something that may relate to spirituality and not sure what you’re going through. You might be in one of the Stages of Spiritual Awakening.
Learning about your endeavours of Spirituality will become very beneficial in so many different ways.
Starting slowly with baby steps or small doses, but regularly, you will see your world change significantly.