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NOTE: This is a lesson in a series of 40 lessons in the free Man the Ship self-help framework. It teaches you how to be happy, healthy and wealthy in all areas of your life: physical, mental, spiritual and financial. Be sure to do the lessons in order because they build on each other. Click here to start at the beginning. To your growth!
Spirituality and religion are difficult to discuss. It can be off-limit topics for many people. There isn’t much more sacred and private that our relationship with divinity. It strikes at our deepest held beliefs about ourselves, others and the world around us. For others, they don’t have any firm religious convictions and don’t give it much thought.
But I need to talk to you about spirituality a lot in this framework. Because spiritual health is as important as physical and mental health. But it’s more than that. Spirituality is literally how the world works. Let me explain.
QUICK INFO: What’s the difference between religion and spirituality? Religion has a set of organized beliefs and practices shared by a community or group. Spirituality is more of an individual practice focused on developing personal growth, peace and purpose. I’m only interested in spirituality and is what I’ll teach you in the lessons.
I Respect You
Know that I respect your spiritual beliefs. I respect whatever you believe. That doesn’t mean that I understand or agree with your beliefs. But I respect your right to believe them.
I’m not going to try to convert you to any certain religion or school of thought. I take a larger view of spirituality than that and it leaves room for all belief systems. It’ll help you understand why I include spirituality as one of the spheres if I explain my background.
Finding My Way
I was born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness. They teach a small spiritual reality – God/Angels vs. Satan/Demons. And I thought that explained the reality of things. I also thought Jehovah’s Witnesses was the one true path to God and all other religions were false. I was arrogant and close-minded. But at the same time, I had always drawn to the more esoteric parts of life that the Witnesses didn’t explain. Or in a way that satisfied me anyway.
I converted to non-denominational Christianity when I was 17. My worldview opened. I had less rigid thinking but fell back into thinking that now I knew the truth of how reality works. And that this religion is the true path to God. But again, deep down I yearned for more in my spiritual path and Christianity didn’t fill that need.
Blazing my own Path
I left Christianity and all organized religion when I was 22. Out on my own. Blazing my own spiritual path. I researched, learned and practiced whatever spirituality I was drawn to.
This led me to practice and deep dive into:
- Energy work
- Chakra activation
- Eastern philosophy (including karma and reincarnation)
- Ceremonial magick
- Enochian magick
- The Golden Dawn
- Spirit/entity communication
- Divination (Tarot, runes)
- Astral projection
and many more spiritual expressions for 20 years now.
Now, depending on your spiritual beliefs, you may think I’ve gone crazy. Or am a New Age weirdo or under Satanic influence! Believe me, Jehovah’s Witnesses drill it into your head that it’s off limits to practice this stuff. That it’s ‘meddling’ with demons. I took it under consideration but am content with my decisions and the path I lead.
Why am I telling you this? It’s because what I discovered after practicing all this for 20 years.
On one hand, I’ve realized when dealing with this level of reality, no one knows anything. Who made us, why are we here, what happens when we die. No one really knows. I can’t prove anything and neither can you. On the other hand, it’s worth trying to figure out. Humans are driven to try.
And what I realized is that all these spiritualities. From different parts of the world. Spanning thousands of years. Common threads run through all of them. They’re all trying to explain the same common spiritual reality. They may use different terms. Focus on different aspects. Express themselves with different personalities. But underlying it all, there are common threads. And they are all paths to God.
That’s right: there are many paths to God. Not just one.
This seems to point to an underlying true spiritual reality. As much as man has been able to grasp and figure out anyway. Is any of it correct? Who knows? But it seems like it because what they explain and teach is reproducible.
It’s not just faith. They teach the world is run by specific spiritual laws and processes. You can plug into them. Use them. Use them for your gain or to help others. It’s how the world works naturally but you can tap into it intentionally. Speeding up your results, growth and spiritual development.
The Short List
What are these spiritual laws and common threads I’m referring to? We’ll go over them as we progress through the lessons (I know – what a cliff hanger – I’m such a tease!).
In the mean time, here is the short list of what you need to do to become spiritually centered:
- Meditate daily
- Learn and use the laws of reality
- Visualize and manifest your reality
- Find what spiritual expression works for you
- Express yourself creatively
We’ll dive into each of these as we go along in the lessons.
I’ve put myself out there opening up to you about spirituality in this way. I know this isn’t common thinking. So now I ask you for one thing in return. Be open. Open to new ideas. Open to possibilities. Be open to what I’m explaining. I’m not saying blindly believe it. You shouldn’t blindly believe anyone or anything. But be open.
OK, that’s definitely enough information for this lesson. I have two tasks for you.
TASK: How would you describe your spirituality to someone? It may be in terms of the religion you follow or were raised in. Or it may be more ethereal such as feeling that you’re guided by the universe.
What are your thoughts on God? How did reality come into existence? What is the point of life? Is there a point? Do you think you know the answers to these questions? Do you think the answers are knowable? Have your spiritual beliefs evolved or stayed the same over time?
Write your thoughts on this in your journal.
TASK: Let’s begin the journey into spirituality by experiencing the power of the breath. If the body is relaxed, the mind will be too and visa-versa. The breath is the connection between them. The breath will become instrumental in improving your spheres. I can’t overstate how important it is.
1) Take note of your mental state – calm, frustrated, agitated?
2) Sit on a chair
3) Sit with your back straight
4) Get comfortable – wear comfortable nonrestrictive clothing
5) Take a slow deep breath (3 seconds)
6) Hold it for 5 seconds
7) Slowly let it out for 3 seconds
8) Repeat 5 times
9) Take note of your mental state – is it more peaceful than at the beginning of the exercise? Describe it in your journal.
Perform this exercise daily before performing the thought observation from the previous lesson.
Over to You
OK, are you still with me?
I know this lesson may sound crazy to you depending on your current spiritual beliefs. Or you may be disappointed. Disappointed that I use a logical approach with the physical and mental stuff but have gone whoo-whoo crazy with this spiritual stuff. I understand your concerns but don’t fear – my approach to this is just as logical and I’ll persuade you as we go along. Let me know your thoughts or concerns in the comments. When you’re ready, click the link below to go to the next lesson.