People often look to their faith and religion when faced with different experiences – whether to give thanks for the birth of a baby or to mourn a string of misfortunes. Spiritual meditation is at its core a practice of self reflection. While spiritual awareness derives from various meditation techniques, the attitude of integrity and honesty in looking at ourselves and how we view the world is paramount. Different religions practice meditation in different ways, the practice isn’t limited to any particular faith or religion – anybody can practice guided spiritual meditation, which benefits not only oneself but others.
A word of caution: avoid self-styled gurus who profess that they’ve achieved spiritual enlightenment and have gone on to record their spiritual experiences in meditation. People who boast of spiritual enlightenment are generally misguided and can lead others astray, whether intentionally or not. The true mark of a genuine spiritual teacher is humility and kindness. The journey to spiritual awareness through meditation takes time. Progress is definitely not achieved overnight so beware of promises of a quick fix. It takes lots of self-discipline and practice to be able to achieve spiritual success, but the long-term benefits are incomparable – there is no more worthy effort.
Can I get spiritual power through meditation?
Some people believe erroneously that the point of performing spiritual meditation is to achieve superpowers such as:
- The power of healing
- Knowledge of people’s past and future lives
- Levitation and defying gravity
- Fulfillment of wishes
Some people are so fixated with acquiring these “superpowers” that they miss the entire essence of meditation: to achieve spiritual awareness. Spiritual awareness starts with being honest, kind and a commitment to becoming the best human being we can be. This list also proves our obsession to magic and our blindness to the real miracles that occur around us every day: the air we breathe, the sunshine we enjoy, simple acts of kindness and compassion – the true magic around us is accessible in every moment. Gentle appreciation of the present moment and an attitude of compassion to all are the real fruits of spiritual enlightenment.
Keys to a successful spiritual meditation
The first step is to start focusing on getting to really know yourself. In doing so, you’ll find issues within yourself you’d no doubt like to change. But spiritual meditation begins with acceptance, acknowledging who we are is the first step to truly making friends with yourself. So you can stop worrying about spiritual experiences in meditation, how to get spiritual power or achieve spiritual enlightenment. Here are some tips to help you get real and start working on yourself:
- Release the grudges you’ve been holding
The journey to spiritual awareness is often hampered when people refuse to forgive. Admittedly, forgiving someone who’s caused you harm can be extremely difficult. However, holding onto grudges is clinging on to your own pain, and naturally doesn’t help others either. The sooner you forgive, the quicker you can release this pain and move on. You can do this gradually over time by practicing mindfulness and awareness meditation, which trains the mind to let go.
- Focus your spiritual aspirations on others
Along with the physical and mental benefits of mindfulness, spiritual meditation leads to a healthy spiritual life. A key to true spirituality is focusing on benefitting others rather than yourself. But to do this, we have to start with ourselves first. Looking at our own minds, we learn to accept who we are with loving-kindness. It’s important to foster kindness by inculcating love. As you continue your spiritual practice, it is interesting that the more you focus on the benefit of others, you become more patient with the pain that others might try to inflict on you. You begin to see that we are all just trying to be happy and not experience pain. In this way, we are all the same. It may seem contradictory, but if you think about it, the more we think of others, the less we focus on our own problems and dissatisfaction, and the happier we become. Over time, you naturally think of others more than yourself – you see the bigger picture in every situation.
- Practice your faith
Many people find a great comfort and way to feed their spirit is by genuinely practicing their faith. You can find comfort in your meditation center, church, mosque or simply with other like-minded people. However, spirituality and religion in many ways are quite different. Only when religious practices maintain their core spiritual foundations – that of kindness and openness rather than dogmatic doctrine – can spiritual awakening truly be experienced.
- Open your mind to new possibilities
Every living creature is connected by certain commonalities of our experience. While we are all very different in many ways, we all want to be happy and avoid pain – even the smallest insect. This uniting feature bonds us together. Guided spiritual meditation can only succeed after accepting that you’re just a grain of sand in the universe, a small part of the greater picture. Rather than remain inflexible in the way you think, open your mind to all the possibilities. Embrace every change and move forward. Mental open-mindedness is key to a successful spiritual awareness.
- Be authentic
The common phrase “be yourself” encourages us to stop living double lives for the sake of covering up our own faults or pleasing other people. Sadly, many people have grown so accustomed to leading alien lives that they don’t have a clue how to be authentic. If the person you are at home is different from who you are at work or with friends, then you’re inauthentic. The first step to regaining your authenticity is being honest, transparent and full of integrity. Meditation practice can help you on the path to true authenticity. This is the only way to achieve spiritual enlightenment through meditation.
If you’re having challenges at first, try out guided spiritual meditation. Mindworks teaches mindfulness blended with awareness practice that leads to spiritual benefits. Download the meditation app into your phone – the possibilities of meditation are endless!