Let’s face it: the spiritual path takes some willpower. Nowadays there’s studies that humans are on “autopilot” at least half the time. With a few more good habits, you’ll be lighting up your spiritual path in no time.
What is the spiritual path exactly? I love what Kathi Elder, a senior Yoga Teacher in Hawaii says about the path of Yoga. She says there are two goals, to be kind and to be present. I love the simplicity of this: 1) be kind 2) be present.
Of course it is not as easy as it looks. Crossing paths with a few Hawaiian Huna teachers recently like Stewart Blackburn, I came across his interpretation of Hawaiian spiritual principles–“be happy.” Joy is a great indicator of spiritual life for Hawaiians. So how about putting this all together? 1) be kind 2) be here 3) be happy. I can hear Stewart now, saying that if you take care of being happy, everything else will take care of itself. But for right now, let’s specify all three goals on the spiritual path: 1) be kind 2) be here 3) be happy.
What practices do we adopt for making progress on the spiritual path?
1) Get music that raises your frequency. Try Hemi-sync Music, which you can sample on Youtube, for “raising the frequency” around you. Try getting a CD to play around the house. If you have headphones, try binaural beats that put you into theta wave, a wave that is refreshing and has spiritual clarity for the mind. These are available to sample on Youtube as well, along with Solfeggio music, a pre-modern musical scale used by monks that is thought to “raise your frequency.”
2) Make a Mind Movie. My friend and manifesting queen Omnia Halhoul told me about this technique–you can make a musical slide show of your very own affirmations, accelerating positive results in your life. You have probably heard of Bob Proctor from “The Secret,” the movie about Law of Attraction. Bob and other associates created MindMovies.com — they’ve created free software and tutorials so you can get started making movies about your dreams before they come true. Remember actor Jim Carrey taped a 5 million dollar check to his bathroom mirror 4 years before his first film earned him a salary of 5 million. Daily reminders of your deepest desires work. Try creating a Mind Movie or a slideshow of your dreams. You can even put some slides into your PC screen saver.
3) Do an Invocation everyday. You have to have Spirit to have the best spiritual path. Invite the Higher Power that works for you into an invocation space, with a humble and grateful heart. Ask for any messages to come to you about your next steps in life. Ask for more faith, more patience, more peace inside your heart. The old adage “ask and ye shall receive” is simple yet effective–having a spiritual path is less about doing and more about being. Be with Great Spirit a little more each day, not just on those special occasions when you need something special.
4) Meditating works. The way to learn meditation is to collect tips that work for others, and then go for it. For me, some of the Hemi-Sync music and some Taoist or Kundalini Yoga poses that put you in a receptive state work really powerfully. Here’s a really simple Kundalini Yoga pose from Yogi Bhajan: put your head in your hands. When you imagine your head (and therefore your ego and habitual thoughts) out of the way, you have a clearer path to Consciousness.