Humans are inquisitive, curious, and existentialist in nature. Origin stories and folklore that include deep-seated psychological archetypes have been present in about every culture up to the present day. What makes us so inclined towards spirituality, to space and the solar system, to finding God?
It comes from a deep knowing that we are spiritual beings living out a human existence. Deja vu, synchronicities and gut feelings are only some of the ways our intuition tells us we’re on the path of spiritual development and connecting with the divine.
Society is becoming more receptive to these invisible influences that govern our material world. Quantum physics and quantum entanglement prove the Buddhist philosophy that everything is connected.
Spiritual development is a natural byproduct of these advancements in our belief systems and sciences. A lot of us, however, grew up indoctrinated into certain religions that didn’t teach about spirituality. You may know in your heart that you’re spiritually gifted, but need help bringing these latent gifts to the surface.
In order to develop your spirituality further, it requires discipline and practice. Continue reading to find out how to draw out your connection with the spiritual world from the depths of your mind.
What is Spiritual Development?
Spiritual development looks like many things to different people. It’s important not to let your ego get in the way of what it means to be spiritually developed. Some want to experience enlightenment, gain certain psychic gifts or manifest their dream world. Through spiritual development, these things are possible, but you shouldn’t set yourself up to expect anything.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to achieve these things. But, spiritual development is about becoming closer with your connection to source, the creator, or infinite intelligence. There are many names for the same thing, so these labels will be used somewhat interchangeably.
Spiritual development takes us out of our mind and body and into our soul or spirit. Through this path, you hold the realization that you can self-actualize and hold the connection to infinite creation within you.
The importance of spiritual development is seen in how it affects your relationship with yourself and others. How you approach, certain situations may change as you go through metaphorical deaths to give birth to a new self. Your thought patterns become more positive, your consciousness is more self-aware, and your emotional reactions are more controlled.
You may start to go through an awakening, where the world becomes disillusioned. This involves seeing things for what they are. Awakening for many people can be painful, as it involves letting go of reality as you thought you knew it and acceptance of a deeper, more spiritual reality.
It’s a constant journey of self-growth, reflection, authenticity, and discovery.
As you grow, you get closer to your higher self. Think of the self, or higher self, as the most genuine version of you that exists.
You’re always connected to your soul, your guides, and your ancestors. It’s a matter of learning how to communicate with these aspects of reality.
Many spiritual practices involve looking inwards to uncover your spirituality. Being able to connect with a higher power means disconnecting from distractions. Here are some ways to actively avoid distractions and connect with source:
- Time in nature
- Practicing Gratitude
All of these practices help calm the mind. Once the mind is calm, you are able to be more receptive to intuitions and ideas.
It’s important to have some sort of discipline. Staying disciplined is important in any spiritual practice. It means you have the strength to withstand temptation. It allows you to act in accordance with your highest self.
Being disciplined in a spiritual practice translates to other areas of your life. You are able to eat healthier, exercise, and do other activities that are helpful to you.
By means of practicing these techniques, you can learn about spiritual development and true nature. All of these techniques aim to dismantle you from the shackles of society’s imprinting on your beliefs.
Shedding old belief systems that were embedded in you as a child is part of the spiritual journey. Letting go of thoughts that don’t belong to you is very necessary.
To live a life of spiritual fulfillment, you have to journey towards the center of the self. Different religious and spiritual practices teach you that you’re connected to God through your soul.
It’s hard to get into spirituality if you do not find meaning in life. Nihilism doesn’t have a place in spirituality. You must overcome any old beliefs that life is meaningless to enhance your spirituality.
Purpose and having a calling are a part of the same principles. Having a purpose means you live a meaningful life. You adopt the philosophy that everything happens for a reason.
Once you believe this, you become nonattached to outcomes. Nonattachment takes practice. However, once you understand that the situations in your life are occurring for a reason, it becomes easier to keep that mindset.
Nonattachment and purpose help make life changes easier to cope with. If you don’t get a job you wanted, for example, remember it’s for a good reason. Usually, these disappointments and decisions happen to make way for something even better to come your way.
You have to trust the process. Developing faith in the divine plan allows for a purpose to come through in your life. Having purpose means believing in destiny, that there are no coincidences.
These mindsets will change your life once you learn to apply them to your reactions and decision-making. Try further apply these methods, try out the following affirmation.
‘What is meant for me will come my way. What is not meant for me, I let go. I want what the creator wants for me.”
Having a calling is fulfilling a divine purpose for your life. This can look like following a specific career choice or path in life. To do this means living out your soul’s journey in this lifetime.
Some people know exactly what their purpose and calling are. For other people, it’s not so easy.
Soul readings from experienced spiritual practitioners can help you find your purpose in life. With this help, you learn the tools and resources you have to fulfill your destiny. You can get techniques to implement that will help you develop your spiritual abilities so that you may live out your soul’s mission.
Benefits of Spiritual Mentors
Some people walk the path alone, but others need mentors. Spiritual mentors are there to help guide you towards your ascension.
Some of the things a spiritual mentor helps you develop are:
- Psychic abilities
- Reach spiritual maturity
- Understanding of soul’s purpose
- Discover latent spiritual gifts
- Heal mental and physical ailments
- Dissolve fear of death
- Dissolve fear of the spirit realm
- Trust your intuition
- Listen to inner wisdom
- Connect with Mother Nature
- Communicate with guides and ancestors
- Uncover specific traits and talents
- Offer coping mechanisms for tough times
- Learn tarot reading, astrology reading, palm reading, etc.
These are only some of the ways a spiritual mentor can help you in your spiritual journey. While everyone has the power within themselves to develop spiritually, having a guide to go to takes some of the pressure off of you. Doing it alone can be hard, especially if you don’t have a good support system.
Seeking guidance is natural. In fact, guidance can be divine intervention. It’s another sign moving you in the right direction.
Always seek out guidance from a reliable source. Don’t be afraid to contact the messenger with any questions you have. You want to trust your spiritual guide, so you know their readings and messages are genuine and from a good source.
Courses in spiritual development may be offered by certain mentors. These are great because they pass on their knowledge to benefit you on your spiritual journey.
Benefits of Spirituality
So, why live a more spiritual life? Believing in a higher power and connecting with the divine helps people going through many issues. Spirituality helps people with substance use disorder and mental and emotional disorders.
Even if you do not have a diagnosed mental illness, spirituality helps improve emotional wellbeing. Spirituality leads to making rational decisions, staying calm and positive, and feeling less lonely.
Spirituality leads to deeper bonds in your relationships. You’re able to make deeper connections with your loved ones and even strangers. It brings you to like-minded people. Having a sense of community gives you the support you need in life’s many trying times.
Spiritual development opens up new possibilities in your life. You may have been holding yourself back from living a fulfilling life. With a newfound sense of purpose, your actions align with your heart’s desires.
You tend to set healthier boundaries while keeping your goals in focus. Your priorities in life are discovered. Setting your priorities is important so that you accomplish everything you set out to.
Spirituality helps you feel connected to other people and your external world. You may develop feelings of intense gratitude and joy for the experiences you have. An appreciation for nature and meaningful connections is highly sought after.
With spirituality comes more mindfulness. Though heightened awareness can make you see when others are acting fake, it helps you weed out the good from the bad in your life. Mindfulness helps you work on the negative aspects of yourself as well.
Usually, spirituality cultivates a desire to create. Creating art, expressing yourself through style, or studying intensely are all ways you may express yourself after spiritual development.
Practical Spiritual Advice
Everyone’s path towards spiritual development looks different. Starting out small and practically can help you walk closer to your destiny.
Try choosing one spiritual practice and doing it every single day. Spirituality doesn’t have to look like anything crazy. It can be simple as going for a ten-minute walk and praying the whole time. You can also try expressing gratitude for each meal that you eat.
Being thankful and grateful for your experiences in life helps raise your vibration. Raising your vibration is a natural part of the spiritual process. While spirituality is not always all love and light, it is about being pure in the mind, body, and heart.
You will still go through every emotion on this earth. When times get rough, turn within to get rid of stagnant energy. You can do this by practicing an energizing yoga routine. You can also do this by cleansing your home and stating, “I rid my environment of all stagnant energy that is no longer serving my highest needs.”
These are all tips on getting started on your spiritual journey. Spiritual development is about finding what is right for you. It’s an individual experience. Embrace your individuality through your spiritual practice.
Don’t let the expectations surrounding spiritual development get you down. If you’re not progressing in a certain area, there is a lesson in that. We are not meant to constantly compare ourselves to one another. Remind yourself you are of divine energy.
To further advance your spiritual side, there are spiritual development courses you can take.
With everything mentioned in mind, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. However, spirituality is about slowly cultivating a practice and routine that works for you. While at times, the reality of spiritual influences in our material lives can be unknown, there is nothing to fear.
Don’t be afraid of the unknown, for how can we be afraid if it is unknown?
Discover what you’re here for. You have the right to know your destiny and the powers you hold within yourself. You’re encouraged to dive deeper into your spiritual development by making an appointment to get a soul reading.