The spiritual life is just shifting in incremental steps to change ourselves and not so much about changing the outer world. I know that I have written about moving from Idaho, going to seminary after many years of procrastination, and getting a divorce, but many of those things would have happened anyways whether or not I was on a spiritual journey. I left Idaho because I was tired of the cold, and divorced because we were no longer compatible. Those changes were not a direct result of listening to my inner guidance because listening to my soul really only changes me. The more centered I become in my soul, the more I begin to believe in myself, my understanding, my wisdom, my love, and my faith. The spiritual life changes me and creates an energy around me that brings to me the people who are meant to be in my life. The spiritual life did not cause my divorce or my relocation, but I was able to do those things because I finally trusted myself and believed in myself because of my connection to my soul. The spiritual life gave me the tools I needed to make the changes easier, but it did not cause my life events.
So if we take away the notion that the spiritual life creates sweeping changes, then what is left? Incremental steps to become closer both to the soul within and to God. The spiritual life is about God and utilizing the inner gifts we were created with. That is it! The whole journey is that. Yes, we find levels of healing and deeper wisdom. We find healing modalities that speak to us or use crystals to help our energy. We even find music and chants that speak to our heart. We find books we love, religious traditions that fit us, and prayers we adore. However, the whole point of all of those tools is to get us aligned with our soul and connected to God. I've met many people who live in fear that following the path of their spirit will create huge shifts in their world. Connecting to God is AMAZING, but in and of itself, doesn't change a thing in life. Connecting to God only changes us and drives us to go deeper into that inner wisdom and eternal peace. Connecting to God gives us the assurance that we are love and capable to do what is in our hearts to do, be, become.
So my questions for you this week are:
1. What are you afraid of in the spiritual life?
2. Are there life changes that you want to make?
3. What are the spiritual tools that you use to connect to God and your soul?
4. What ways do those tools help you get through life's challenges?
5. What images of grand changes have you thought you needed to make in your life? Are those really the path, or is there another way to be at peace where you are?