Our Spiritual practices can become a slippery slope, if we become too involved in, losing focus of the truth we had initially set out to seek. Looking at our spiritual vices, and hoping to inspire you to take a few steps back, today.
DISCLAIMER : It might seem like a tough-love kind of post, and I am sending lots of love and light to everyone that reads this and might be triggered. I have to take this one for the team, and put it out there.
#1 – Astrology & Tarots
There’s always a debate between Free Will and Destiny, and I think that many of us find comfort in reaching out to people that can predict our future, to bring us the hope we don’t have for ourselves. Some of us even have that capability for ourselves.
The fundamental truth is, the future cannot be fully ‘predicted’. There are some elements that are meant to be as a part of our Soul’s learning plan, and then there are others which alter as per the frequency we maintain in life.
Therefore, the more conscious you are of your inner self, the more flexible and dynamic your future becomes.
In other words, there is truth in planetary alignments and Tarots, but they can only tell about you, as much as you know about your true inner self.
At every point in time, we have the power to make a different choice. And knowing you have a choice is the biggest power you have, don’t let yourself ‘succumb’ to what a future reading predicts about you. 🙂
#2 – Hypnotherapy
Just as your future cannot be known, neither can your complete past.
There is a powerful story from the Hindu mythology about a revered King, who could see into his past lives. He had many gifts and powers, but at the end he lay on his death bed, on a pile of arrows. And when God Krishna came to him, the King asked why he was going through this tormenting death? For in all of his past 100 lives, he couldn’t spot the reason.
Krishna conveyed, that it was a lifetime even before those 100, which brought this fate to the King.
The truth is, if we were really meant to remember our past, we would.
There are glimpses that can resurface through dreams and hypnotherapy. These can certainly heal many traumas or bring clarity about karma and soul contracts. But, it’s vital not to get fixated on manually dotting your history.
We don’t need to know our karma or our traumas to heal them. We are always healing and evolving, whether we are conscious of it or not. Being stuck in our past is not just one of our spiritual vices, it’s also the lack of present moment awareness.
#3 – Angel Numbers, Feathers & Signs
There was a time when I would constantly make note in my email drafts about the signs and synchronicities I saw. So much so that I would write down nearly 20-30 signs a day!
My first healer, rattled me and called me out.
While angel numbers, feathers, animal totems or any other Synchronicities are great to gauge the near future, they can leave us handicapped and overly dependent on external validation.
At the end, whether from physical beings or astral ones, if we are seeking validation, we have lost our groundedness, our inner sense of knowing.
As my healer went on to say, that the most organic way to build our intuitive strength and gain groundedness, is through Meditation. He was right. So, my true journey only began when I stopped seeking validation from my spiritual vices, and started going within.
While on one hand, seeing repeated signs like Angel Numbers should be interpretted, I encourage you to go deeper within, with your Meditation practices.
Read More : Meditation: Everything I Want to Tell You
#4 – Psychic Senses
I see a lot of hype around the Clair senses. I do believe in them, I am a clairsentient and clairvoyant myself, but as one of my favorite Spiritual teachers, Caroline Myss says, we have to live with all 10 of our senses – 5 physical, 5 clair.
This means, to me, that we can’t put our Clair senses on a pedestal.
I mean, tell me how much you’ll enjoy life, if you lost your sense of taste and could no longer enjoy the food you ate, but you could definitely see in the future through your mind’s eye that you will get more delicious food to eat?!
Jokes apart, it’s vital to not go overboard in activating clair senses, trying to be babas.
For some it’s a birth gift, others develop it over years of practice. But those that are chasing these senses and using them for their own benefit, are merely fooling around like kids, in the spiritual space. My second healer, Sangeeta aunty taught me this.
#5 – Knowledge versus Wisdom
Of the 4 main paths of yoga, described to attain oneness with ourselves, knowledge or gyana is one of them. But it’s important to use this knowledge to tap into our inner wisdom, not replace it.
Our experiences are unique and we ultimately want to be able to write the books we read. The quality of our inner wisdom should be enough to overflow if we were to write about our experiences.
Spending countless hours reading or watching lectures is not enough. We must incorporate the knowledge into daily action.
I think ultimately, we must understand moderation is key, even in spirituality. I have been guilty of most of these vices myself. And I’m sure there are many more. It can take years to come out of these, if we aren’t mindful.
By becoming too entangled with our spiritual vices and obsessions, we lose sight of the end goal. Enlightenment. Thus, a gentle reminder to bring yourself back to focus on what really matters.
Love and Light,
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