“When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.”
― Stephen Richards
The end of the year is fast approaching and it has me thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2016 as well as reviewing what I have accomplished in 2015. It’s actually been an incredible year for me and I have made some huge leaps in my life! It’s been a year of personal empowerment for sure, as well as facing some of my biggest fears around security and stability and also diving deep into my own personal shadows. I have worked through old traumas, fears and beliefs as well as dedicated myself to a life of health and fitness. I’ve had some serious challenges and I’m still a work in progress, but my perspective has shifted so much over the course of this year that I know I will never be the same again.
At the root of this shift has been my spiritual journey. I would say that I began my spiritual journey back in 2013 when I realized that I am in control of my life and that events in my life were happening for me and not to me. You can read more about this in my Anger Blog Post Here. This spiritual journey has been interesting to say the least. I went through a period of several years where I rejected organized religion and believed that there was really nothing more to life than our own will and ability to set out and accomplish things. The idea of a higher power or god was not a part of my daily existence despite having been raised Baptist. Once my perspective on life began to shift, however, doors began to open to me in ways that I never could have imagined and have to the present day, changed my entire life.
After my epiphany in 2013, I began to seek out healing for my emotional wounds. I got a coach, I saw a Reiki Master and had a Reiki session (which was really awesome). I started working out regularly to get in touch with my body and heal that way. While I was healing my emotional self, I was also researching and working on becoming a better coach. This led me to many spiritual teachers and mentors that put me on a path to spirituality that has literally transformed my entire presence in this world.
In February of this past year, I went on a retreat in San Diego, CA. At this retreat, a profound shift in my spirituality took place and I have spent the entire year since then immersed in spirituality and its teachings. I realized as I began to practice spiritual awareness (mindfulness, meditation, unconditional love, giving and allowing, etc.), that this was the missing link to all other areas of personal development. It’s my firm belief now that a person cannot reach his or her full potential without some type of spiritual belief or set of practices. I also believe that this can look different for everyone and there is no one “right way” to be spiritual. It’s simply having faith or the knowing that there is something larger than us that is looking out for our success on a daily basis. Some force or guide that speaks to us through our intuition and guides us along toward our purpose or destiny.
More and more research is uncovering that there are unexplainable forces at work in our universe and that these forces respond to human energy (thought, emotions and actions). They even respond to our own state of just “being.” Because of this, it’s my goal to live a life of integrity, passion, unconditional love and service to the world and to be a light and role model for my children and every life I touch. I no longer focus on how much money I can make doing what I do, it’s more about the reach I can have and the joy I can spread to others. Without my spiritual beliefs and practices, however, I would not be a success. I trust that what I do today is what I was intended to do. I also trust that as long as I live my life according to my inner passions and desires, serving others with my natural gifts and talents, the universe will provide for me and support me.
So if you have an inkling of what your heart desires, listen closely to your intuition and let it guide your next steps. You’re never working alone and this is how your higher self speaks to you. It will never steer you wrong as long as you learn to really listen to it. Also, find your own spiritual path and commit to it. You will be happy that you did. It’s an enlightening experience!