Be Your Spirit
17 Illustrations by the author
Numerous guided exercises
Below you will find:
The book's complete introduction
Table of Contents
An overview of each chapter
Spirituality involves a belief in a spiritual dimension. The term spirit refers to the non-material, which is an aspect of reality that does not obey the laws of the material world. The most basic characteristic of spirituality is a belief in an unseen spiritual dimension that permeates physical reality. The spiritual dimension exists everywhere. Some people understand it as God, while others view it as a form of energy. It does not matter what you call the spiritual dimension as it cannot be defined by words, or understood through logical thought.
Belief in a spiritual dimension is based on direct experience. Some people are naturally connected to the spiritual and begin to have spiritual experiences at a very early age. Others are blind to the spiritual and dismiss spiritual experience as coincidence, imagination, or distorted perception.
A second characteristic of being spiritual is that it involves a personal relationship with the spiritual dimension. It is your personal connection to the spiritual world that makes your spirituality real, otherwise it is just an idea. The clearer your experience of the spirit world the more influence it will have on the meaning of events in your life.
A final characteristic of spirituality is that it involves a belief that you have an individual Spirit. The concept of an individual Spirit is paradoxical in that it is both individual and part of a larger spiritual dimension. If the larger spiritual dimension was an ocean, your Spirit is like a droplet falling from a wave. As the droplet falls through the air it is your individual Spirit. When the drop hits the water your individual Spirit ceases to exist and merges with the ocean.
Although your Spirit is separate from the larger spiritual dimension it remains connected to it. Your Spirit is your connection to spirituality. Among other things, your Spirit provides you with access to knowledge, healing power, strength, wisdom, and joy.
Understanding the relationship between yourself and your Spirit is fundamental to many Eastern spiritual traditions. This understanding provides insight into who you are, what you are, and the meaning of your life. Eastern traditions call this process Self-Realization.
Why seek Self-realization? Why bother with changing your life to have a greater connection with your Spirit? Self-realization is a state of awareness characterized by clarity, authenticity, and serene happiness. The ultimate goal of seeking Self-realization is to find meaningful happiness. Self-realization is more of an orientation toward a goal than a state of accomplishment. Meaningful happiness is found on the journey to Self-realization rather than arrival at its destination. The attainment of Self-realization is not as important as the benefits you gain by seeking it.
Communicate with your Spirit
Intuition: Listen to your Spirit
Symbolism: Look for Messages
Dream Awareness Exercise
Spiritual Ecstasy: Be Spirit
A Trance Dance Exercise
Seeking Your Spirit through Devotion
Spirit Time Exercise
Self-schema: Self-referencing Memories
I-ness: The Perception of Self-existence
The Programming of the Ego-self
Happiness Self-examination Exercise