Developing Spiritual Wisdom
Our relationship with spirituality is one of the most fundamental and important aspects of life. Spirituality is inherently linked to our worldview about life, and forms the basis of all our beliefs, ethics, and values. Understanding the nature of reality, answering the question'who am I?', gaining insight into our connection to the world around us, and questioning the meaning of life. Our answers to these questions form the basis of our experience: whether we consider life as supportive or challenging, how we view our purpose in life, and how we choose to behave in our relationships with other people and the natural world.
Along with many spiritually aligned people, I have always been a seeker of knowledge, and I love to explore the deeper meaning of life. Whilst studying for my degrees in philosophy, I have explored the fundamental nature of many aspects of life including the nature of mind, body and soul, consciousness , religion and spiritual experience. What I have found is that real spiritual awareness is a process of dissolving the beliefs, opinions and judgements of other people. It involves letting go of the false conditioning that has become part of our identity. This can come from many sources. Some are easily observable- the opinions of parents, partner, family, friends. Others are more difficult to identify. But then, there are also the assumptions that we do not even question.: The conditioning, rules, and beliefs, of our culture and society, and even of the world. These assumptions often include beliefs about things we may take for granted: mind, body, science, religion, medicine, to name but a few.
When we sit and consider how we have learnt most of what we know about life, we realise that most of what we take for granted has been learnt from other people. We follow a curriculum in school, at college or at university. We believe the things our parents have told us on face value. Many people do not even question the truth or validity of their own beliefs, thoughts, values, opinions or behaviours. They are simply accepted as truth.
Spiritual wisdom is a process of the dissolution of false beliefs. As we let go of the opinions we have taken as our own, as we learn to see them for what they are, and release the strong attachment to ego, we are more able to access our true spiritual nature. It is like peeling away layers which cover the light of who we are, only to reveal our true nature.
Once we release these layers, we become more able to appreciate life in each and every moment. We feel less stress and hardship, and are more able to align ourselves with the joy of life. Our health often improves as a result, as do relationships, our sense of self, and our alignment with the true and deeper meaning of life.
- Stress, anxiety, and worrying about the negative aspects of life
- Confusion about your true nature and purpose in life
- Fear of other people, which stem from feelings of separateness
- Over-analysing past events in your life, at the detriment of your health
- Avoidance of negative emotions: grief, anxiety, shame, sadness
- Fear of death, and by association, a fear of life
- Ability to transcend false beliefs and the stress caused by them
- Feeling truly aligned with your spiritual purpose
- Embracing the connection between yourself and all of life
- Able to live fully in each moment, and to appreciate everything
- Deep understanding of emotions, thoughts and nature of mind
- Insight into the nature of consciousness and eternal self
Spiritual and metaphysical counselling can help you to:
Develop mutually respectful and supportive relationships
Learn how to value yourself so that you can fulfil your life purpose
Understand the nature of mind, thoughts and consciousness
Deepen your spiritual awareness through self-inquiry and mindfulness
Understand spiritual sensitivity, intuition and empathy
Release stress and increase your levels of emotional well-being
Understand spiritual enlightenment or awakening
Align with your highest spiritual values and actions toward others
The 4 Elements of Spiritual Enquiry
Our understanding of the nature of mind and body is one of the most important aspects of reaching our optimum health and well-being. In Western society, medicine is based on a model of mind-body dualism. Where mind and boy are seen as completely separate substances. But when you view the world through a spiritual, or non-dual, belief system then well-being takes on a completely different meaning.
Our personal identity is centred around the concept of ego; the 'I am' beliefs that we have about ourselves. It is the story of who we are, what we have experienced in the past, and how this may still be affecting us in our daily lives. Our identity is influenced by every experience we have encountered; good, bad or indifferent. Often it is invisible to us; it is the lens through which we view the world.
Beliefs are important to how we perceive the world. Whether we see it as something to be feared, an experience of deep learning, or as a source of joy. When all is well in our lives, we do not usually question our beliefs. But when things go wrong; when we are in despair, fear, regret or shame, then our beliefs are the first thing we need to explore in order to see through their truth or falsity.
Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy which deals which the fundamental nature of things. So it explores questions like what it is to be human, or about the nature of emotions, consciousness, mind, health, pain, or spirituality. Metaphysics is important because it allows us to understand reality on the deepest of levels. The level upon which all other things in existence are based.