Originally Posted by StillOne
What are your spiritual practices and how often do you do them?
April 2, 2012: here are my thoughts:
I think that spirituality ecompasses all that helps us to gain balance and find our true heart center within. My basic prayer is:
The Light of the Creator surrounds me,
The Love of the Mother enshrouds me,
The Power of Creation flows through me.
Wherever I am, I am protected, and all is well.
Throughout each day I try to keep my mind-set on gratitude and abundance for the blessings that I have.
When I drink my glass of water to cleanse myself, I give thanks and gratitude to my creator. When I feed my wild birds I remind myself to be caring and nurturing to others. When I stroke my bunny, I send her love and comfort. When I am out in the world I observe small courtesies and show respect to others, even though they may be causing irritation. When I am perplexed or anxious I pray for guidance and support. I do not pray for material rewards. I conserve to the best of my ability, and favor our mother earth with plantings of flowers and plants. I roll my own candles of beeswax and imbue them with thoughts of love and acceptance and I allow their light to cleanse and purify my surroundings of negativity. I strive to do good for others; I strive to talk less, and listen more. I make my own natural soaps and savor the wonderful fragrance and scents they create. I embrace creativity as the source of all things and find creative solutions for things that vex me. I strive to uphold the Universal Laws that are meant to guide us in life and I employ magickal thinking in my life. I incorporate the words of my higher muse in my writings. I practice honoring the Wheel of the Year in festive ways. I feel we must regain the sense of wonder and enchantment in life that has eroded away by the limitations of our physical reality. And we must rebirth the concepts of celebration and gratitude.
I stand for righteousness and oppose darkness. I practice charity and compassion and make regular donations to a local homeless man. I gave him a poncho for bodily coverage against heavy rainfall. I listen carefully to his words and strive to respect his dignity. I have supported others through their pain; for you see the mission is all about selflessness. It is not about what we get in life that matters, it is about what we do.
Most recently I have set about preparing to welcome the New Awakening, anticipating the understandings that it will yield. I study the higher teachings of the Christ consciousness, and while I keep a copy of the bible as a symbol, I do not adhere to the political and religious dogma contained therein. I seek to integrate the parables from a higher perspective that serve as lessons to right living. In this respect I am attentive to opening my eyes to a greater reality and lifting the veil of ignorance that has brought us collectively to where we are today.
Essentially spirituality is a subjective thing, which springs from our individual belief systems
and conditioning. I think it is less about discipline, and more about consciousness. It think it is about obtaining a balance between the mind, body and spirit, and reconnecting with our individual divinity. Perhaps balance
is after all the most important aspiration in life; and the activity of creative living holds a close second. We are creative beings and we are meant to create. Manifestation stems from our state of mind
and if we cannot imagine a thing it becomes less visible in our lives. When we hold negativity, weakness, insecurity or fear in our minds, we have no champion for experiencing the lightness of being. As we sow, so shall we reap; the basis of this concept encompasses the greater Law of Cause and Effect.
In my terms, spirituality is not a set discipline; we do not have to embrace complex belief systems and read certain books; we should not adhere to 'false gods' that tell us what is the right path; we must primarily keep to our own counsel, for it is our own spirit center that leads us where we need to go...
how bout remembering your divinity? I think that there is a bit of paradox involved with the meditational practices that encourage No Mind, when in the long run Higher Consciousness is what we are striving for. There are none so blind as those who will not [choose not to] see.
In the grand scheme of a New Era, the preparations we make for physical survival may not be enough to sustain us, as it is Faith and Truth that will need to be re-awakened in the collective consciousness [sometimes called the cosmic consciousness]
. And it is these things that may represent the pillars of spirituality, I think.
Further I think we need to come up with a new word for reconnecting with our own divinity
: the term spirituality is way too loaded emotionally, and biased by distortions and dogmatic teachings. Perhaps the word I would choose would be 'enlightenment
', not to be confused with Nirvana.
A few insights to offer:
There is a difference between the Intellect and Wisdom,
yet most intellects will not agree with that;
Emotions have their purpose and they must be exercised from time to time, otherwise the stallions will break free of their corrals;
We can change our circumstances through a 'change of mind';that which we manifest must first have been thought of in the Mind; that is why conscious awareness is so important;
We must not allow our minds to be pre-conditioned by the agendas of others;we must learn to direct our mind by opening up new channels of thought and perceptions;
We may have to fight against oppression and domination [see Prison Planet] in the near future, and thus we must be of sound mind and strong spirit;
For the future we must learn new ways of 'creative living
' and move away from waste, destruction, greed and materialistic consumption;Strive for balance within and strengthen the concept of selflessness,
As above, so below.