The Essential Keys to Spiritual Development

The Essential Keys to Spiritual Development. How many of us view having inner balance, a sense of oneness and peace with the world as something that truly completes us?

The Essential Keys to Spiritual Development

When we think of our wellbeing, the first thing that usually comes to mind is our physical health. We equate it with how fit we are, how healthy the food we eat is, and how much vitamins and mineral supplements we ingest. But how often do we primarily equate it with spiritual development? How many of us view having inner balance, a sense of oneness and peace with the world as something that truly completes us? If you feel that you need to work on this area of your life, here are some of the essential keys you need to know and practice:

Control your thoughts. 

Spiritual development starts with removing all negativity from your thoughts. For instance, if you’re the type who always thinks of the worst case scenario, train yourself to be rational. Did your spouse fail to return your calls or messages on time?

Rather than quickly assuming that they may have gotten into an accident, think of alternative, less nerve-wracking reasons. They may be in an area where the signal is pretty bad; hence they are unable to respond. Or they may have gotten caught up in a last minute emergency meeting in the office. Choosing to think of the “lesser evil” of the possible reasons will help calm you down and sustain your inner balance.

Control your actions. 

Your actions in the heat of the moment reflect the state of your inner balance. Don’t let your knee-jerk reactions get in the way of your spiritual development. You need to be in control of yourself during trying times. Getting carried away will only open you up to a world of regret when you have calmed down and reflected on your unsavoury behaviour. So if you want to minimize regrets and lessen the chances of destroying relationships permanently, count one to ten before you slap the offending party in the face!

Control your emotions. 

Spiritual development is also dependent on your ability to control your emotions. If you get easily flustered, panicky or hysterical when you hear bad news, get insulted or receive poor reviews, you won’t be able to attain inner balance and peace. Not to mention you will surely end up with high blood pressure and extreme anxiety which could lead to serious health issues!

So the way to solve this is to build emotional resilience. Learn to detach yourself from the smallest, most insignificant things and focus only on those that matter. Handle crisis, stress and pressure calmly and with a level head. It also helps to plan ahead for outcomes you can easily predict; that way you’re not caught unaware and you lessen your chances of going on panic mode.

Be open-minded and flexible. 

Some of us can be micromanaging control freaks! If you are one, then surely you know the feeling of having your inner balance thrown off when things don’t go your way. If you give your child maths lessons so that he gets an A+ in the test, then he comes home with an A-minus, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t plan your travel itinerary to the letter because you might get crushed when the museum you planned to visit happens to be closed that day. Learn to look past the disappointments and focus on the good things. Learning to adapt to situations keeps you calm and, as a result, helps you achieve spiritual development.

Practice tolerance. 

In order to be at peace with yourself and with the world, you need to accept that people are different. There are cultures, religions, norms, political views and social practices that may seem alien to you, but if you exercise tolerance and respect for others, you will easily achieve spiritual development. Remove all prejudice and hatred from your heart. You will become a much better person without being weighed down by “preconceived garbage” in your heart and mind. Live and let live; with this maxim, attaining inner balance should be a cinch.

Achieving internal harmony need not require a trip to a monastery in some far flung nation. The truth is, the process starts and ends within you. So, rather than literally crossing mountains to find your enlightenment, aim to move mountains within by removing all barriers to your spiritual growth and development.

******Shirley Rieger – About the Author:

Aim for spiritual development as part of your self growth. Attaining inner balance is essential to one’s life if you wish to live each day with inner peace and a feeling of abundance.

Connect with Your Ultimate Self.

The Ultimate Cause of Everything: Connect with Your Ultimate Self

The Ultimate Cause of Everything: Connect with Your Ultimate Self

Connect with Your Ultimate Self.

When looking at causation, we need to ask: What causes things? What is the ultimate cause of everything? By taking a look at the universe we can see that everything is interlinked at such a level that we can’t help but wonder if anything really can happen. We need to understand that it’s up to the universe to make things happen. The entire universe needs to conspire to cause them to happen.

There’s this wonderful saying that I like: “When I pull a blade of grass, the entire universe shakes.” Scientists and philosophers around the world will agree with and validate the fact that things are interconnected. Everything is interlinked even at microscopic level. But all this causality and interlinking occurs in space and time. When it comes to enlightenment, what we’re talking about is that which is before, beyond and transcends space and time. In this realm, this realm beyond description, there is no causality. Everything and the world just is, because it is. There is no cause and everything has no cause.

Often I compare this analogy to water or the vast ocean. The ocean can take various shapes. It can transform itself into ice cubes that are magnificent, beautiful universes shaped out of ice. Or, it can transform into steam, becoming beautiful, wonderful heavens and hells created out of steam. But ultimately, everything that is created comes out of an ocean. It is a vast, infinite ocean that always was and always will be. Our minds, on the other hand, are part of the space-time continuum. Concepts and theories lie because they seek causation but they’re part of a change. That which is permanent, however, does not change. The ocean which we are is, always has been and always will be.

The universe that we live in now isn’t caused; it just is. All there exists is this vast ocean of consciousness that’s ultimately all it can be. We perceive change and differences because of space and time. But the ultimate reality of who or what we are is this vast ocean of awareness, universes, gods, religion, that are all created out of this oneness. It is this non-dual, non-causal, ultimate reality of who we are.

When we relax we let the mind be still. We connect with that ultimate, true self of who we are by quieting the mind. By just being, there is a connection and we awaken to who we are. It is called enlightenment but it is an awakening to our true self. It is waking up to our ocean, our infinite, everlasting state that is beyond concepts and is who we are.

This is where causality ceases and we just be. When we let go of all our concepts – life, death, self, non-self – and we just be, we enter the ultimate reality: that which always is, and always has been.  We awaken to enlightenment. When our minds are still, absolutely still, we wake up to who we are and what we find is that we are no more. What we are is infinite. The small “I” exists no more. Again, it’s like the ice cube melting and realizing “Ah! I’m not an ice cube, I’m an ocean. I always have been and I always will be. I’ve never really ultimately been an ice cube. I’m the ultimate, true, infinite self. Wow!”

The problem is that we often get caught into thinking “Ah! I’m an ice cube. The universe is an ice cube. It’s real. It’s tangible.” But guess what? It will melt away. Someday everything will be gone except for that which always has been and always will be. Be that. You and I are that.

When we wake up to this true, infinite self of who we are, then we relax and are at peace. All is well because we realize that we don’t have to fear anything or desire anything. Everything is and we are that.
Be that and stop identifying with every label you give; there is no more “I” in this state. There just is, without causation.

– About the Author:

Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, international speaker, and meditation expert who has been counselling individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses for over twenty years.  A contributing writer to Psychology Today, he has authored numerous books and creates a weekly podcast on spiritual enlightenment, http://www.EnlightenmentPodcast.com   If you are interested in having Dr. Puff speak to your organization or company, you can learn more about his speaking services at http://www.SuccessBeyondYourImagination.com

Spiritual Enlightenment and Depression

spiritual-awakeningDepression is broken down into many  categories in these troubled times by doctors and researchers, but the sad truth  is that regular old rainy day depression can hit anyone at just about anytime.  Nothing can ruin a good day faster than some bad news that throws you for a  loop. Anger and frustration can also trigger bouts of anxiety  and depression and one of the best ways to battle this type of malaise is  through some form of spiritual encouragement. Spiritual encouragement comes in  all forms these days. We as human beings seem to get great comfort in beginning  to understand the essense of who we are, on all levels. Whatever brings you  closer to spiritual enlightenment and gives you peace of mind and heartis  alright. Remember that faith and spirituality is a deeply personal and emotional  thing so make sure you discover the true essence your way.
Many people  find spiritual understanding through workshops and reading great books like the  tenth insight or living in the now or through specific temples like the  followers of the Telos lemurian teachings. Generally we only begin to turn our  attention inwards when things aren’t goining the way we want, usually a  relationship breakdown, financial disharmony or injury brings people looking for  more in life. Being together with loved ones usually helps but often times it is  the tenderness and surprising kindness of total strangers that is the most  impactful. Some say we have spent many lives on this planet and through  reconnecting with our family from other life times brings great joy to us. We  see the best characteristics of people when they are peacefully trying to  comfort someone else or when they are praising their inner God or when they are  praying together for a common good.
Belief in ourselves in rare and  generally not encouraged in this hyper-competitive world that we live in . Even  when we do a great job or have a unique talent, which we all do have, we can end  up doubting ourselves and that can be one of the most frustrating, confusing,  and depressing things we can do. Mixing with people on the journey of  enlightenment or ascension can be quiet rewardingf for someone with low self esteem.
My lemurian friends swear by the seven sacred flames and the teachings in the telos books,  channelled by Auriella Jones, will transform your life in incredible and  positive ways. Most forms of spiritual evolution is a discipline of turning your  attention inwards and taking responsibility for our lives and stop the constant  projection and control we place on others. By adopting this philosophy we take  back our lives and if we created then we can change it. My Lemurian friends  generally are all very positive individuals with very successful lives in  general and they all say that taking responsibility and emotional healing has  been the key to their success in all aspects of life.
Whether it is using  the seven sacred flames or transcendental meditation, we need to have the quiet  time to for reflection and contemplation to give ourselves a chance to block out  the constant chattering dialogue of the mind. When you are able to do this on a  consistent basis you will feel closer to your own spirituality than you have  ever been.

See Telos Australia for more info about Lemuria  and ascension

 
Lloyd – About the  Author:
Lloyd has been studying human evolution in spirituality and energetic work  for over 20 years. He has found the Telos-Australia teachings to be profound in their simplicity  and ease to follow.
If coming from truth and living in openness and fullness is your yearning and  you want to end the constant run around then click on ascension in 2012
 
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The Spiritual Path: What is Spirituality?

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The Spiritual Path: What is Spirituality?

Spirituality is the path and process of self change, improvement, and action that leads to awakening. Many people in today’s society are considering themselves more spiritual than religious, including teenagers. However, these spiritualists have their own definition of what spirituality means to them so it shows how the spiritual path can differ among us.

For example, people may have not considered my first sentence of this spiritual blog as the definition of spirituality. Also, spirituality is not a religion. Religions are associated with doctrines, dogma, large organizations, based on a widely accepted belief system on how events occurred, what God is, the process of creation, etc., whereas spirituality is learning about and experiencing one’s own self on a deeper level that leads to the realization of truth and the spiritual reality.

Countless Spiritual Paths

There are as many different paths and processes to realizing truth as there are as many people. Like Mt. Everest, one of the tallest mountains on earth, the top of the mountain is the goal and the sides of the mountain are the way up to the goal. With no set paths, people try and climb Mt. Everest, paving their own way, experiencing their own side, facing their different challenges, having achievements along the way, and ultimately reaching the top. At the top, where the climbers discuss their path, the one thing in common is that they reached their highest goal, but getting there was completely different with its own set of challenges, achievements, and experiences. Similarly then, spirituality is the individual path of change, improvement, and action which leads to awakening (top of the mountain).

Spirituality: Change, Self-Improvement, Action

Spirituality is the path and process of self change. Change is important because no one is the same person. Every moment is changing and in each moment a person is changing. Changing yourself is putting efforts into dissolving and uncovering the darkness and clouds. Spirituality is the path and process of self improvement. In order to change, one must grow, learn, and have experiences. Reflection of the self and what needs improvement is a key factor in realizing one’s negative and positive qualities that need improvement. With self-analysis, one can find the blocks and errors in thinking that are causing and collecting pain and suffering in the life. Spirituality is the path and process of action because without action, knowing one needs to improve and change does not equal change and improvement. Taking steps, working (not just thinking) on the self daily is what helps a person climb the mountain of spiritual awakening.

Spirituality, Self-Realization, Enlightenment

Spirituality leads to self awakening. As a person dissolves his or her illusion, thinking, and emotions that cause pain and suffering in life, he or she climbs the “Mountain of Life”. As the pain and suffering are dissolved, the person rises higher and higher in the spiritual realm getting glimpses of truth. Such glimpses of truth only inspire and motivate a person even more to discover his or herself and reach the top to experience ultimate peace, happiness, and bliss. Once the soul is clear of any veil of illusion, darkness, it sees everything clearly without thinking, feeling, or any other senses. It knows and experiences all truth for itself, and this moment is called self-awakening, self-realization, or spiritual enlightenment. Overall, spirituality is an individual’s path, journey, and experience to finding and knowing one’s true self, the soul.

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