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Discovering Our Spiritual Selves

“Spiritual” does not mean “religious.”  Spirituality has nothing to do with organized religion.  Our spiritual selves include our physical bodies, our energetic fields, our souls, and our emotional and energetic connections with others.  Discovering, or rediscovering, our spiritual selves is key to evolution, and practicing these discoveries changes us to the core of our being.

Create a quiet time every day to be alone and reflective and discover your real self.  Find the time; make the time.  We’re talking about your very soul and spirit here.

Just BE.  Close your eyes. Turn off the chatter-brain.  Embrace silence.  When concrete thoughts come to mind, release them into the void before you give the thought any attention.  Relax.  Feel yourself.  Breathe deeply and slowly, using your abdominal muscles as a breathing bellows.  “Being” trumps “doing,” and can create more powerfully.   This first step may be difficult if you normally use your left-brain and are educated and analytical.

Breathe.  Focus on your breath and how it feels as it travels from the air through your nose and throat, into your lungs, halting momentarily at maximal inhalation, then releasing to the reverse journey.  Exhale completely.  Next, place your tongue just behind your upper front teeth during the inhalation, and drop your tongue down into the little pocket under your tongue during exhalation.  This technique is basic to yoga, chi/ki gong and tai chi.

Pay attention to your body.  Your physical body is the temple of your soul during this lifetime on earth.  The body deserves your attention, your care, proper food and drink, and gratitude.  Our bodies are miracles unto themselves, with trillions of cells, each its own little universe, cooperating to perform whatever function we need, request or demand. Talk to parts of your body as you would your closest friend.  Feel it during moments of your day.  Be grateful for physical health and feeling well.

As you being accustomed to simply being and feeling, you may begin to notice a faint tingling or fuzzy sensation around your hands, feet, or face.  You are feeling your energy field, the electromagnetics of your physical body.  At certain points, in the East Indian tradition called “chakras,” or spinning energy wheels, portals exist in the body which connect our internal energy fields with external fields.

The major chakras are located in a straight line up our trunk to the top of the head, and each is associated with a specific color, sound and portion of our nature.  The first, or base, chakra, is located at the base of the spine, just in front of the anus and behind the genitals, and is associated with basic instincts of survival and tribal and family relationships.   The second, in the center pelvis, is responsible for sexuality and creativity.  The third, in the center of the upper abdomen, our “solar plexus,” is the seat of our power.  The fourth, the heart, is love in all forms.  The fifth, the throat, governs communication.  The sixth, the “third eye” in the middle of the forehead, accesses other times, places and dimensions and governs our imagination.  The seventh, the crown, is at the very top of the head and is connected to other higher chakras which are pathways to spirit.

The quiet state of being is meditation.  It can be unfocused or focused.  The quiet state gives access to our spirit, the higher self, the God in us, our divine spark, our intuition.    We learn to listen to our inner voice, our guide, and feel its nature—joyful, child-like, beautiful, wild, dancing, singing, imagining, loving, inner self.

Once discovered, our inner voice becomes as much a part of us as we will allow.  It is usually soft, flickering, brief, positive, protective, our “hunch,” our “gut feeling.”  Listening for it and to it is the second milestone to discovering our spirituality.  Obeying it is the third.

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