When I was a kid and classmates would ask me what my religion was, I would always say “I don’t have one.” I didn’t believe in “God,” I didn’t pray at dinner, and I had no desire to attend church. I didn’t grow up in a religious household; however, my parents raised my twin sister and me with certain values such as “being your word,” moral causation, being open/honest, and the importance of appreciating each other’s contributions. That worked for us and to be quite honest, it still does.
The older I get, the more I find myself wanting to tap into a connection with something bigger than myself. I feel the need to shift and raise my vibration. I still don’t vibe with organized religion, and that’s OK. For many people who are spiritual but not religious, spiritual experiences can come from unlikely places. The following points are the spiritual stuff I swear by and things that I practice that have significantly impacted my life and help me get more in touch with my spirituality.
Being Open To Signs From The Universe
Some would say that coincidences are random, but if we look carefully into our lives, we realize it is not so. Synchronicity, a term originally coined by Psychologist/Psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, means a meaningful coincidence that can only be explained by a phenomenon of energy. Synchronicity connects the material world to the spiritual world through symbols. When you’re headed in the right direction, the universe winks and nods at you from time to time, to let you know. Being open to signs from the universe can give us clues of our life path and remind us of where we are headed, or even guide us to change direction. The universe is always here to help us, so let it help, and pay attention to what it is telling you.
This is a relatively new practice for me, and I’m not going to lie, it feels quite strange. As I mentioned above, I didn’t grow up in a religious household and praying at dinner was not a part of my familial routine. One day, my husband suggested we start doing this, but in our own, special and unique way. We decided that before eating, we would share our appreciation for one another and “charge” the food we are about to consume with positive energy. I typically thank the food and visualize the food healing our bodies and filling us with positive energy.
This practice reminds me of the research done by the late, Dr. Masaru Emoto, where he separated water into several petri dishes and assigned them as either being good or bad. Emoto said nice things to the “good water” and bad things the “bad water,” after that, the petri dishes were frozen and then looked at under a microscope. The positive vibes water formed beautiful crystals, and the bad vibes water formed chaotic and fragmented crystals. The bottom line: If this is what positive vibes can do to water in this experiment, imagine what they are doing to our food(i.e., our bodies), which contain a large amount of water.
A fox crosses through your backyard. You see three snakes in one day. You dream of a peacock or see yourself as an owl in a meditation session. No matter how civilized we are, we are still part of Nature, and Nature is always speaking to us. Spirit animals are characterized as a messenger that comes in the form of an animal and has a personal relationship with an individual. You can have as few as one or many spirit animals throughout your lifetime. The direction of our path and timing, phases of life, or tasks that need to be completed along our journey will dictate what animal steps forward to help.
For example, last year, I saw over 20 snakes within a short amount of time. It was evident to me that the snake had something to tell me. When the snake shows up as your spirit animal, it usually means transformation, rebirth, and healing. Snakes are close to earth energies and represent life force. It was a sign for me to stay grounded as I moved through some pretty significant life changes and gave me the extra support I needed through that time.
Smudging is an ancient ceremony in which you burn sacred plants, such as sage, to allow the smoke to clear negative, stagnant energies and bless a space. The smoke that is emitted from the herb bundle is believed to remove negative energy, purify living spaces and people. I smudge sage in my house if I feel any heavy energy or after guests leave. I find that after I cleanse, I feel more at peace, safe, energetic and creative.
How to smudge:
- Light one end of your smudge stick and allow it to catch fire and burn for several seconds.
- Once the flame extinguishes, blow on the lit end to flame the embers.
- As the smoke rises, set your intention for this particular occasion.
- Visualize your intention as you guide the smoke in your living space or around a person.
Yoni Egg Meditation
This is a new one for me, but I have to say, so far, I love it! “Yoni” is a Sanskrit word for the female genitalia that means “sacred space.” A yoni egg is a semiprecious stone, usually made from quartz, jade or obsidian, in the shape of an egg, designed to rest comfortably inside the body, just below the womb space. Our womb (and yoni) is our inner sacred space, a place to access our primal wisdom, and true power. We all arrive from this magical, profound place and yet we rarely honor or even acknowledge it.
Some benefits of yoni egg meditation include:
- helps to heal energetic blockages
- awaken sexual energy
- birth training
- strengthen pelvic floor muscles
- emotional balance & hormone balance
- control over vaginal muscle manipulation, enhancing sexual pleasure for you
I genuinely believe that the more gratitude you authentically express, the more the Universe will provide you to be grateful for. If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you focus on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.
Have you ever had a crazy/intense dream and thought, that had to mean something? It is believed that by reading and interpreting your dreams, you can discover things about yourself, such as what your brain is trying to tell you, or what you want in life. While research has not proven a purpose for dreams(yet), many experts believe that dreams do have meaning. Psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, suggested that dreams are doing the work of integrating our conscious and unconscious minds; he called this the process of individuation. Individuation is described as the process of becoming aware of oneself, of one’s make-up, and the way to discover one’s true, inner self. How cool is that?!
These are some of the practices that work for me, but please remember that spirituality is an inside job and doesn’t require anything outside of you. Because at the end of the day, it’s only you that can change your vibe. It’s only you that can expand your energy. All of the tools that you need exist inside of yourself.