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Spiritual connection is hard to describe. Everyone thinks of it in their own personal ways.
Some see it as the set of beliefs handed down to them from their family’s religious upbringing. Along with those beliefs come specific practices and rituals to be observed with and in their faith community. Taking part in group worship and fellowshipping is what feels connecting to such folk.
Others think of spiritual connection as something to be discovered as an individual, internal experience. There are various routes for that discovery: • asking deep existential questions • opening to the awe and wonder of nature’s majesty • becoming aware of everyday miracles • experiencing the transcendent presence of some ineffable something much larger than yourself.
Spiritual connection, in my view, is also purposeful. What a solid or even fragile sense of felt connection provides is a kind of nurturing of your own spirit. It can be the source of getting a basic need met -- the need for your own inner peace, and feeling of not being alone in the universe.
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What is a Spiritual Connection
When one has become injured by oppressive dogma, restrictive institutionalized religious policies, or by power abuses and shaming campaigns of religious devotees, a normal response is often to not only escape the community but foresake one’s faith as well. This self-protective response can result in feeling spiritually adrift.
So how can you still create or sustain connection to that which holds spiritual meaning and conveys spiritual presence in your life without accepting a toxic belief system?
Here’s a simple way to start.
1. Outline your unshakeable beliefs about the what you hold as sacred or divine.
2. Include any new or preferred concepts about afterlife, creation, and deity as make sense to you
3. Define what kind of interactions with your idea of the sacred will provide inner peace.
4. Determine how and when engaging in those interactions will feel spiritually connecting to you.
5. Pay attention to how you feel emotionally and physically when practicing your spiritually connecting activities.
6. Adjust your practices, concepts, and beliefs as needed to increase your sense of inner peace and connection.
Deepening your spiritual connections may be a life long endeavor – something to practice on a frequent basis in whatever what feels right to you.
If you find yourself stumbling over fear-based ideologies, or uncertain how to create practice or whether it’s okay to borrow beliefs and traditions from cultures that are not your own, and you’d like a little help in this regard, I can provide some short term spiritual coaching for you.