Spiritual Practice, What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Written by: Kathy Best June 17, 2017
When I talk to people about a spiritual practice it surprises me to hear people ask me if that means working with a medium or holding séances. The question usually comes from people who hold certain religious beliefs and have never investigated other religions or spiritual practices. Let me clear up any misconceptions. Having a spiritual practice means connecting to a Higher Power, to the Universal Source of all that is, to the Life Force, Spirit, Divine Essence, Intuition, Angels, Buddha, Jesus, God, or whatever you want to call it. This connection provides compassionate, supportive, loving guidance and wisdom in times of need, but can also be a constant source of assistance, peace, and comfort to anyone willing to ask for it and allowing the quiet space to receive. There is an energy system that flows through each and every one of us which connects us to the universal energy and each other. When we learn to work with it, listen to it, and trust in it we are supported, protected, encouraged, energized, and filled with joy and love and empowered do and be and have all that we desire.
We are all born with the ability to connect to our intuition and our unlimited potential. Unfortunately, our families, friends, and society do not always have this knowledge or skill to pass on to new generations. The infinite, unending wholeness that is your innate consciousness, or higher consciousness is always present and always available. There is a power and a presence in everyone and everything that is unlimited, indivisible and knows exactly what to do, say, act, and be to guide you to your purpose, genius, passion, and power. There are many ways to experience this guidance, support. It can come in the form of dreams or visions. It could be something said on television or in a song that answers a question you’ve been thinking about. You could hear a voice in your mind or outside of your body when no one is physically present. Words or pictures could simply pop into your mind. It could come from a conversation among friends or strangers that you overhear. You may get a feeling or just know something, like a gut feeling or hunch.
When you allow and enable yourself to connect to that source your whole life changes in amazing, surprising ways. It can sometimes be scary to listen and act on the gentle nudges you receive from Source, because it pushes you to do things outside of your comfort zone. Our humanity makes us fear change, that which is unknown, our power, and our greatness. We fear becoming the grandest version of the greatest vision we can hold for ourselves. Let me assure you that it is your divine birthright and your reason for being to become the unique, magnificent expression of Universal Light and Love buried inside you. Open your heart, your mind, and your life to it. Start using whatever practice you can think of to quiet your monkey mind and get in touch with your Divine Essence. The easiest way to access this connection is to practice mindfulness, being present in the moment, and tuning out all the external chatter that distracts us daily. Walking, running, yoga, qui gong, meditation, gardening, journaling, coloring, painting and any other artistic or physical endeavor can create a path to this higher power. When you start following the guidance and wisdom you receive and taking action toward your dreams and goals, unexpected synchronicities and opportunities open up to you and momentum builds and propels you toward that which you seek. If you change nothing else in your life, beginning a spiritual practice and making it a daily habit will deliver profound rewards. You will begin to experience health benefits, weight benefits, emotional benefits, mental benefits and relationship benefits from a 30 minute daily practice.