In these modern times when traditions, customs, and religious beliefs are fast disappearing and families shrinking in size, it is no wonder that many feel disconnected from spirituality. As long as things are going great, there is no reason for you to think along these lines.
You confront questions that are spiritual when you face hurdles and challenges in life. Questions like ‘What is the meaning of life?’ or ‘What happens to our soul after death?’.
When you are seeking for answers to such deep, spiritual questions, it is difficult to know where to start the search. After exploring various avenues, you will be left with a bunch of truths, half-truths, and some more disjointed information.
The most intriguing of the questions are the ones related to our spiritual energy. How to raise your spiritual energy? How are our energies interlinked? Where does it disappear after death? How to tap into your spiritual energy? How to start a spiritual practice?
Here is an attempt at explaining ways on how to increase spiritual energy and in the process find answers to some of these questions. Follow these steps to arouse your spiritual awareness and harnessing spiritual energy to become a better you!
1. Set your goals
An important point for you to remember before you travel down this path is that it is going to change your life forever. It will change the way you look at the world around you and how you interact with others. And do understand that this quest for spirituality is a lifelong journey; not a short-term course or even a slightly longer one.
Take as much time as you want to decide whether you want to explore this avenue. Because once you start traveling along this road, there is no turning back; you will be captivated by the subject and the myriad possibilities it offers.
Once you are sure about pursuing this, the first step is to decide what exactly you want – what exactly you expect from this spiritual journey. It can be ‘I want to learn more about spiritual practices’ or ‘I want to become more spiritual’.
Setting an intention is a way of acknowledging your interest in the topic. Something like making it official, either to yourself or in the open. By completing this step, you are opening the door labeled ‘Spiritual awakening’ and venturing out on the path.
2. Seek out information
Now, it is time to gather knowledge. Bring out the reader in you and read up on everything you can lay your hands on about the topic. Here are some books on spiritual energy
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
- Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
- Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss
- Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin
- Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
All of the above are excellent reads for spiritual awakening and understanding the intricacies of the spiritual world. You get a better grasp on using and feeling spiritual energy and how to manipulate it to your advantage.
You may also listen to lectures on the topic. In case attending them in person is not manageable, you may seek help from the internet. Lectures in both audio and video formats are available right there for you to take advantage of. One of them that deserves a mention here is the American philosopher John Searle’s TED Talk ‘Our Shared Condition – Consciousness’.
3. Still your mind
Our mind is best likened to a monkey – the incessant movements and endless chatter. All through our wakeful hours, our mind is relentlessly jumping from one thought to the next; at times running parallel conversations with ourselves. In between all these maddening happenings, we can’t connect with our spiritual self.
To experience and understand spirituality, you need to calm down your mind and maintain it in a silent and tranquil state. Meditation offers one of the best ways to achieve this. Yoga, breathing exercises, and chanting mantras are also found helpful.
For meditation, you need a quiet, peaceful spot, free of external sounds, and interruptions. Sit in a comfortable position and start with some breathing exercises to calm down. For beginners guided meditation is ideal. As you go ahead with the meditation, you will understand how volatile your mind is and how difficult it is to control it.
Do not beat yourself up over your inability to get a grip on your mind in the first meditation session. In fact, you may not be able to achieve it for quite some time. But don’t worry, with persistence this is very much achievable. Devote at least 15 minutes a day to this.
4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Our body and spirit are intricately linked and hence for a healthy spiritual experience, you will need a healthy body. Engage in physical activities such as yoga, exercising, dancing, and playing sports. In the pursuit of the spiritual awakening, it would be unwise of you to neglect your physical wellbeing. Allow your body to decide the activity it wants to pursue.
5. Make spiritual practice a joyous activity
The general belief is that anything related to spirituality is an intense and solemn affair. The truth is it need not be like that. The seriousness associated with the spiritual practice is a deterrent for most people, especially beginners. The fact is nothing more is achieved by being somber and formal.
Approach your spiritual experiences with a carefree and happy attitude. Make it a joyous occasion that is enjoyable and even fun. Laugh at your mistakes and failures.
The celebrated well-being coach Deepak Chopra lists joy as one of the five noble emotions and tags laughter as its language. Laugh to make the world a better place. After all, we know laughter is the best medicine!
6. Watch out for signs from the Universe
As you gain more and more spirituality, you will learn to recognize the subtle messages sent by the Universe. These signs may be synchronicities or coincidences, dreams, intuition, recurring experiences or delays, and disturbances. Only when you are tuned in, you will be able to recognize them.
When you are stuck in life and ask the Universe for guidance, or when you are seeking answers to life’s dilemmas, the Universe steps in and helps you out with these helpful hints. You need to keep your heart open and mind sharp to identify and interpret these signals.
The Universe is also known to send these messages through your health or the people around you. Finding, losing, or breaking things is another way the Universe gets in touch with you.
Learning to recognize these signs from the Universe can transform your life and make it more joyful, enjoyable, and profitable. Experienced practitioners vouch for the fact that the more you pay attention to the signs, the more messages you receive.
7. Connect with kindred spirits
Spiritual pursuit is not a solitary quest. When done together with like-minded people, its effect is exponential.
The activities associated with spirituality and spiritual awakening including meditation, deep breathing, and introspection are to be done in solitude. Even those for physical and mental well-being such as exercising and yoga are solitary activities.
However, here is the fun part. Even though all of the above-mentioned activities are individual pursuits, they are seen to work better when done in groups. The reason attributed to this is energy resonance.
As you already know that everything in this Universe is made up of energy. The energy vibrations emanating from a group has a far greater effect than the sum of individual radiations.
Another argument for connecting with kindred spirits is motivation. When pursuing solitary activities, you will find your interest and dedication waning and fading away gradually. When done in groups, everyone tends to inspire and motivate everyone else. There are fewer chances of quitting the pursuit midway.
8. Be adventurous
Read up all the best-sellers on spirituality, attend the lectures, listen to the great masters, and watch those inspiring videos. From each one of them, chose only those ideas or activities that you find appealing or something you can connect with. Whatever you choose to follow, it has to make sense to you; you need to believe whole-heartedly in it.
The best aspect of spirituality is that no two individuals pursue the same thing. Each person adds their interpretation of the accepted practices. There are no hard-and-fast rules you need to adhere to.
In the beginning, if you are unsure about what you what to believe, follow, and practice, try your hand at everything that you come across in your spiritual pursuit. And, trust your intuitive abilities to take over and decide the direction of your spiritual adventure. It has to trigger your curiosity, stimulate your interest, resonate with your belief, and enrich your soul – ultimately strike a chord with you!
For most people, spirituality is unexplored territory; something you never knew existed. When we encounter personal traumatic experiences and emotional episodes, we search for answers in spirituality – some seek solace right away, while others are just testing waters out of curiosity. Whatever your reasons are for exploring your options with spiritual practice, you are bound to find answers to some of your questions. And, this will change your perspective of life and life itself forever.
If you are fortunate in your spiritual journey, you will feel a sense of enlightenment – a feeling of hope, joy, passion, peace, and trust in the Universe. What more can you ask for?