I’ve been talking a lot about spirituality on social media lately, and I’d like to share my thoughts on what it means to me. I know that a lot of people know nothing about it, or have judgements about it based on surface level observations.
To me, and I don’t speak for anybody else who practises spirituality I am no expert, but to me, Spirituality is about loving yourself and trusting your intuition. It’s about becoming mentally strong. There are a lot of ways to get there, everybody’s journey is different, but the end results are the same. The results are: Inner peace, heightened intuition, a ‘life shattering’ change of perspective, and the ability to look at other people with empathy and compassion.
People’s opinions might differ from what I believe, and that’s absolutely fine, Spirituality isn’t about being right, it’s about seeking truth. Not somebody else’s truth either, it’s about seeking your truth. Everybody’s realities are different because everybody’s truths are different. The choices and behaviours we act out in life are completely controlled by the way we think, and our thoughts are based on what we believe. Spirituality puts your focus on to your thoughts and how they control you, because if they’re going to create how you perceive the world, then you damn sure better pay attention to them.
The journey begins with this realisation and continues with a tremendous amount of work. You basically have to reprogram yourself. You have to observe your thoughts and actions as if you are not yourself. It’s like watching a character on a TV show, whose inner dialogue is coming through the speakers; The things that character says to themselves, the judgements that character makes of other people, every little thought that comes into their head. As you observe yourself and listen to your thoughts, you start to become aware of patterns, tendencies, things you don’t like about yourself that come up over and over again. You begin to question why you think or behave like that? What’s with the self-sabotage? You examine yourself and then search your past for when these patterns started and why they started. It usually leads to events, or encounters that affected you negatively: trauma. You allowed that negativity to change what you believe, and that changed your thoughts, behaviours, and perceptions. It left a wound within you, and your mind created these beliefs in order to protect you from being hurt again.
If other people have mistreated you, it makes you suspicious of people. If your trauma caused you to hate yourself and believe you can’t be loved, then your thoughts and behaviours will follow suit and not allow you to let love in – because you’re afraid of it. If you don’t clear the negativity then the wound can’t heal. So you have to travel back to that trauma and remove the negativity surrounding it by removing your defences and fear, and letting it go! Then the wound can heal, and when “mental” wounds heal, the mind becomes STRONGER. Just like the body when wounds heal. Your mind becomes stronger and healthier, and as you continue to do this healing work, you eventually become WHOLE.
Anyway, I think that’s enough for one post. I’ll continue writing this some other day. I’d just like to make it very clear that these are my beliefs. They are constantly evolving and changing as I seek and find answers, through discussions with others, and from within myself. I don’t mind if people don’t think like me, I just want people to think.
Thanks for reading!