Spiritual Direction Training – Reverse Your Perspective

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How many times have you told yourself that you are “Spiritual” and used that expression to define your unique connection with the universe?

Speaking personally, I used to say that all the time to people – particularly when someone asked me if I’m a religious person.

I would say “I’m not necessarily religious. I’m not locked in to a specific religious sect or conforming belief system. But – I am absolutely spiritual and have a deep connection with (fill in the blank – God, Spirit, the Unknown).”

I’ve asked that question to others and sometimes they share a similar answer or sometimes they have a very hard and true believe such as…

“I’m Jewish” or “I’m Christian” or “I’m Catholic” or “Buddist” or “Muslim” or any other specific religion you can apply.

The reality is, a belief system can be defined in an infinite number of ways but one thing that is often overlooked is the ORIGIN our experience. This is where spiritual direction training comes into play.

What exactly do I mean by that?

Most people believe that we are physical beings having a spiritual experience in this life. We go through our daily actions and translate those actions and our FEELINGS about those actions into spiritual meaning.

Here’s a quick example.

If you lie to someone, the act of the lie is translated into meaning in your head.

i.e.: “This is wrong”. You then feel that a consequence will occur and more often than not the lie catches up to you or your emotion about the lie causes longer lasting discomfort.

In this example, the spiritual meaning follows the physical action.

The Truth of Our Experience

The reality is we are NOT physical beings having a spiritual experience.

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We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.
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Every single physical life extinguishes back into the source. For people, we get a window of 100 years (plus or minus) to make meaning of this experience.

So, recognize that when you look at life and try to find a spiritual connection, you are actually looking at reality from the wrong side of the mirror.

We are ALWAYS spiritual – because we ARE spirit.

This brief stint in time is our physical manifestation of our spirit.

So, what can you take away from this?

Understand that you have a choice as to how you wish to interpret and express this physical life. It’s a short “flash in the pan” compared to the source that you come from. So…

Don’t take it so seriously.

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Have fun. And realize that YOU make your own meaning.

So, give yourself all the love, support and happiness that you deserve.

Once you give yourself permission to enjoy your life, you can let go and recognize the present moment for what it is – a beautiful gift that is both physically temporary and spiritually infinite.

Enjoy the ride – you’re building this roller coaster with every inhale and exhale of your breath. Make it a good one and have faith that there is something much greater than the moments you struggle with.

And, if you want to know how to build a much better “ride” and focus your spiritual direction training, you can start by seeing things here through the Window to the Mind.


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