People ask me all the time how they can grow more spiritually. I have learned over the years that becoming a pure channel for spiritual growth comes down to a few simple steps — and then a lot of practice! You need to be organized and have some sort of daily routine that suits you. Structure is extremely important, especially when you first start on the path, because it gives you a firm foundation to build on.
The first step is using meditation to begin to look within yourself. Meditation is one of the fastest ways for us to begin the process of evolving spiritually. It’s also the best way to begin to remember that we are spiritual beings in a physical body. It is by quieting the conscious mind that we can tap into the wise teacher within. There are many forms of meditation, but the easiest way to begin is by concentrating on the breath, or by repeating a mantra. Deepak Chopra has some wonderful resources available at his website, www.chopra.com. It is important to make meditation a regular part of your day because the accumulative effect is what makes the difference. Gradually over time you will see a change in the way you see the world and your consciousness will start to expand.
Next is to take notice of your dream world. Meditation will aid in opening up the dream world and help you to remember in greater detail. Keep a journal and you will start to see how many teachings and higher guidance comes from this resource. Join a dream group, or even organize one with a few friends. It is important to surround yourself with like minded people when you start this journey, because it is easy in the beginning to become distracted. Go to Robert Moss’ wonderful website, www.mossdreams.com, or read any of his books on working in the dream state.
It is also critical to incorporate some form of physical activity such as yoga or Qigong into your routine. People sometimes think that becoming spiritual is solely about the heart or the mind, but the body cannot be ignored. You need to keep fit and maintain a daily practice to remove or prevent blocks in your flow of energy. For excellent Qigong online instruction check out Mingtong Gu at www.chicenter.com, or try the DVD, “101 Miracles of Natural Healing” from www.chilel.com.
The final step is to take a serious look at your nutrition and, if you aren’t doing it already, incorporate more organic whole foods into your diet. You will be amazed at how the quality of your food affects your vibration and your ability to connect with higher channels. Lighter, healthier diets with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables and lighter forms of protein, such as fish or fowl, will aid your digestion and raise your vibration. You may experiment with becoming a vegetarian or a vegan to see how you feel, and whether those diets suit you better. There are excellent websites and cook books from Gabriel Cousens , Dr. Andrew Weil , David Wolfe, and more.
The last thing I would say is to read, read, read! Immerse yourself in books and websites for spirituality. A good place to start is the with Edgar Cayce and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, at www.edgarcayce.com.