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By Oziris M. Stoltz
Balboa PressCopyright © 2012 Oziris M. Stoltz
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What Is Spirituality,
The term spirituality can be perceived as religion, but it goes far beyond religion. Religion and a person's personal beliefs, play a vital role when embarking on a spiritual awakening and journey. A common misconception with most people is you need to have supernatural powers to receive dreams, visions or unexplained messages from a spiritual source, this is the farthest thing from the truth. Quite often receiving a message from a spiritual source is a common occurrence in our society but the recognition of the message, and or understanding the value of the incidents occurring may not be understood. There is nothing supernatural about these spiritual abilities at all and all the spiritual gifts are attainable by all who seek them out. Spirituality is the ability to connect and co exist with all life forms, and all spiritual beings.
Spirituality is achieving balance and harmony between both the physical body and the spiritual body, to encourage growth with the intention of advancement. The spiritual body is also referred to by many as your soul. Many lifetimes maybe experienced by the soul, until the soul has gathered enough skills to experience an old soul form. A soul can live in many life forms before each old soul requirement is met, and before the soul evolves. A soul will experience many rebirths as well as deaths in the world's life forms and all advancements must be earned to the attainment level of growth required for each life form achievement. Life forms will be repeated when requirements are not met for the spiritual being. The ultimate desired destination for the soul is to evolve into the spiritual world as a Spirit Guide an independent soul who can live in the spiritual world independently without any need for other attachments.
A soul can lay dormant in a physical body for an entire lifetime and never be activated. Souls who do not awaken throughout a physical life are referred to as a sleeper soul. The soul can assist the physical person without being realized. Everyone receives knowledge, and can interrupt the information received differently. We are all unique individuals regardless of if the soul is in the spiritual sense or the physical sense. When the physical body starts to understand the living soul within, this recognition is what will begin the onset of your hidden talents. How spiritual you are or what talents you have, will depend upon how far you are willing to go in this life to attain physical and spiritual growth. Many lessons will come from the spiritual soul who joins your physical body as the soul has evolved from previous life forms of varying abilities. Death is just a phase for the soul, as once the body dies; the soul remains spiritually in tack taking the lessons learned with the soul to the next lifetime for the soul which can vary depending on the souls attainted level of ability for the next stage in the souls life.
A soul can get stuck in the same repetitive life forms due to failure to meet the requirements of the spiritual, or physical life being experienced. This is usually due to some form of blockage in the processing or discernment abilities of the physical person as well as the spirit, or soul which may be mental, emotional or any physical actions, which may or may not be understood by the spirit correctly. A common mistake for the physical person and the spirit is to confuse spiritual skills for human skills that represent basic instincts, urges and needs which is considered primal behavior from a physical being.
Some people are spiritually gifted from birth and live their lives in harmony. Not only with their spiritual connection but also as a compliment to the physical. This type of spiritual awareness from birth with a lifetime continuance is extremely rare indeed. I have had to deal with many conflicting and confusing issues, which go hand in hand when working within the spiritual field. We all have different values, beliefs, and lifestyles and have been subjected to some form of conformity. As a spiritual worker, I have a variety of values and beliefs. Some will be strongly religious while others will have a very different viewpoint and would have formed my own set of beliefs and values in regards to the heavenly world.
Often a person will experience the spiritual connection after an accident or injury such as a blow to the head. The injury causes the third eye to open and this is where spiritual visions are seen. Because the third eye has been open by the accident, not all who are given the opportunity choose to develop this experience any further. During this time an accidental opening of the spiritual channel will cause the person to experience a vast range of emotions and mental attitudes. Misunderstanding of what is occurring will cause the person to suffer with bouts of confusion as well as questioning their mentality state. Some may not be able to accept the experience of the spiritual opening and feel that they are truly going crazy. As a rule if you're questioning your mental abilities to find reasoning then you can put yourself at ease because you're perfectly normal. It is those who don't question, recognize or have realization of changing events that would have a cause for concern to there mental health. I still struggle with this myself.
Near Death Experiences will also be a great influence to a person to connect to there spirituality. Sadly, for most, it's the death of a love one that leads them to a path of spirituality. To accept the passing and to explore what the afterlife connections a person wishes to achieve with love ones who have passed. These are just some examples of how a spiritual connection can be opened. Many dismiss the relative signs of what there experience has showed them. Some may feel they cannot cope with any dramatic changes in there current life. While others just can't understand what they have experienced because there brain and mental attitudes fail to interpret or perceive the events in a way that it can be understood by there mental reasoning. A person can live their entire life not choosing to connect with the soul or spirituality in anyway. There are many factors why we all make different choices and if a person chooses not to connect with their soul; it is possible they will live life without ever knowing their spirituality. This does not mean that the soul cannot influence the physical person. A spirit never forgets their true origins or mission for living on this earth. They have many undetected ways where they can interact with the physical person. One of the main ways of contacting is through dreams, although it goes undetected by most. Have you ever felt the sense of danger, or just a feeling that something is not right? This is your soul at work. Although the soul will make contact with you undetected, it will not force itself upon you. Evidently, it is your choice to choose to listen or ignore your physical signals or urgings from your spirit.
The whole structure of life is a learning experience for the soul. The chapters in this book may assist you to develop your spiritual side. These chapters will also give you essential tools to deal with many issues that you will face in the material world. If you think this will all happen on a whim, with out developing the appropriate skills properly, you will be sadly mistaken and would have wasted a lot of your valuable time. There's no quick fix to developing your spirituality, and it is always important that your achievements will be the result of the effort you put into it. Everyone prefers one sense out of sight, hearing, touch, feeling, emotions and intuition. When you are developing your spiritual side, it is most common that your learning experience will come from a variety of senses. Most likely, you will rely on one sense more than other senses, although from time to time all your senses will come into play. For example you may prefer sight; it is most likely you will receive images or vivid messages through dreams. If you prefer touch, you are more likely to learn through feelings. An intuitive person will simply know the information, without it taking any specific form or realization of where there information has come from. You will most likely receive some information through every form of the senses regardless of your preferences whilst you're in the development stage. As you progress and develop a better understanding you will notice that you tend to prefer certain preference as some areas will be stronger and quite often will be the easiest area to access by the user.
Confusion is very common especially for many beginners, when they embark on a path of spiritual exploration. No one is totally right or wrong. I found the best way to see if the material or knowledge I'm receiving is on the straight and narrow, is by using my senses. For example, if your senses are telling you, this sounds a bit far fetched, then it most probably is. Listen to what your senses are telling you; always go with your gut instinct.
As you continue your spiritual journey, you will acquire a great deal of information, by reading many articles relating to the heavenly world. Some of these articles may all explain aspects differently, causing you to become confused and unsure of the information.
Don't worry too much if in the beginning if you don't understand how things work. I've had times when I also have found some aspects of spirituality very confusing and its taken years to simplify it all. Everyone who embarks on a spiritual exploration will experience acceptance and understanding along the way. I have kept many journals relating to my experiences and how I developed my spirituality.
Once people make the choice to develop, then all that is required is commitment, patience and the willingness to be open to try all things. The golden rule is choice and commitment with spirituality. Spirit guides will not be prepared to waste there time on a person who shows no effort or commitment towards there spiritual enlightenment. You make a choice to accept or not accept a particular event, occurrence or belief, it is important to remember a Spirit guide will not allow you to progress at a pace that he or she feels that you have not prepared for. If you do find you are experiencing a sudden block, ask yourself question what have I missed. You will need to review the lessons you have already completed to reveal to you what is missing. After a review and you have found that you seem to feel that you have not missed any aspects, your stagnation could be simply due to the fact that your guide feels you need a little time out, or that you are not quite ready to move to the next step yet
Spiritual learning differs from person to person as we all develop at different rates. Where some will move forward very fast others will move forward at a slower pace. If a person has had any fears or negative influences in their life, this will block their progressive development. Concepts, beliefs and personal styles have numerous variations from what is believed to be fact or fiction. All the information received must be validated as truth. In the beginning you may feel you are on your own, when in fact you are not. Your Spirit Guides are patiently waiting and will know when you are ready for the each and every step. They will not advance you from step to step unless you are totally ready for it.
Energy if you listen and feel carefully vibrations can be felt and herd clearly. Being in touch with your sensations and your feelings will prove to be a vital tool through out your spiritual exploration. Knowing what different sensations feel like will help you quickly identify certain aspects during your spiritual growth. A sensation of not being alone is the first feeling that will alert you to the possibilities of a spirit presence. Some people will get cold chills, shivers up the spine or the hairs on your neck will prickle or unfamiliar smells. Other people may feel heat and warmth or an expression that is not of their own mind. Left behind for generations who will follow me and help others.
Chapter TwoSpiritual Gifts
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Spiritual Healing include such things as dream studies, cleansing rituals, image work, meditation, and self-realization through writing. These are sometimes guided, interactive exercises to help you bring forth the true self that lies buried within you.
Our minds are always busy processing information, even while we're in deep sleep and totally unaware of our surroundings. Sometimes the information is merely a "play back" of a thought or event that occurred while we were awake. Dreams like these are fractured bits and pieces we pick up from real events. Another stage of dreaming is what I call the "advice stage." These are dreams that help you solve a problem you've been working on. These dreams usually wake you up in the middle of the night with just the answer they've been searching for.
The third stage of dreaming is by far the most intriguing. This is the "symbolic stage." These dreams may appear to make no sense, yet are actually what I consider to be the most important of all the dreams. The symbolism in these dreams is very personal to the individual dreamer because we each have our own unique associations to various objects, places, animals, and so on. Sometimes it's much easier for someone else to help you figure out and decipher the meaning behind your dreams, someone who knows what questions to ask, and who can lead you in the right direction. You won't be told what your dreams mean; you will simply be aided in the process of discovering their meanings.
Cleansing rituals can help move negative or blocked energy. Sometimes energy gets stuck and doesn't flow naturally, thus creating difficulties ranging from emotional blocks to physical illness. This happens for a number of reasons, including the most traumatic reasons such as abusive relationships, rape, sexual abuse, abortion, abandonment, and the loss of a loved one. You will learn how to move this energy out and regain the natural flow of energy through your body and your life.
Body image and self-image are areas in which many women and men struggle. This is because of the programming that takes place starting at a very early age. As children and young adults, people are subjected to various images and stereotypes, all having an effect on them at some level. Some people suffer from low self-esteem or feel less valued as people because they feel inadequate when compared to the images they see on magazine covers or in the movies. Body image work helps you recognize your self-worth apart from their physical bodies, employing a number of activities and exercises to increase confidence and boost self-esteem.
Guided meditation is useful and virtually effortless. Many people have difficulty when trying to meditate alone, becoming frustrated or distracted, and find that having someone lead them through the meditation is far more effective. Meditations vary depending on the area (s)an individual is currently focusing on in their life. It can help resolve issues from the past, build self-esteem, ease stress, and promote healing on all levels.
Self-Realization Through Writing
Not everyone is born with the gift of writing and that is not a requirement for this exercise. The goal is to see people, situations, and self in new ways and to grow from your insight. You may want to learn how writing simple lists can alter your life. You will also discover things about yourself, others, and your environment that you never noticed before. This exercise is meant to be a source of healing as well as an enlightening process.
Psychic Spiritual Gifts
The spirit of the passed loved one will use these associations to communicate a message to the person who is living in a physical life on the earth. Most of the time the person is known to the spirit, even though this relationship may not be recalled by the person. When the spirit communicates they do so in known emotional, or feeling energies, which where developed in their previous human life. Using the previous relationship known to the spirit to relay messages that can be understood by the receiver. Depending on the spirit it will determine the quality of the message received. Recovery of a spirit can be instantaneous or it can take many years to develop understanding of there new spiritual being. Letting go of the old and welcoming the new can take time to adjust to. There are plenty of great pretenders out there so as a warning it's always a good idea to keep a check on your spirit communication as to how truthful or untruthful the person is. Spirits should be accurate and not bouncing around the conversation searching for a matching reaction. Understanding a spirit can be developed through a understanding of a person. The spiritual world is very similar to the physical world as in behaviors. Many spirits that have lived life as a human will demonstrate human behaviors, beliefs, cultures and lifestyles. Depending on the healing and the development of the spirit since the passing will determine how they relate to those in the earthly world. Many of the spirits have a renewed outlook to how they perceive themselves and conditions they once were involved in.
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