Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Living a Spiritual Experience Everyday


In today's world, a material land of distraction, spiritual experiences seem to be a rarity. Or do they? And if so, why is that?

It seems that so many people put much energy into trying to create a spiritual experience. We spend thousands of dollars on pilgrimages to Holy Lands, on healing modalities and even new age personal libraries. But does all this energy we put into something, all the planning that goes into something... actually bear fruit?

As I contemplated this exact thought one day, it was revealed to me that spiritual experiences don't happen because of a certain amount of energy, or money, that we invest into a specific experience. Spiritual experiences happen when we are willing to relinquish the mind and the ego, and step beyond the identity of the individual self.

So knowing this, how do we have spiritual experiences?

Well first, let's just explore the idea of a spiritual experience. What does it mean to have a spiritual experience? Literally ask yourself, "what does a spiritual experience mean to me?" (answer before you read on)

Over the course of two weeks I inquired and discussed with fellow Yoga aspirants this exact question. The most common definition was "its when someone experiences the essence of his/her spirit, or soul." From a Raja Yoga perspective, a spiritual experience is when one is able to experience the essence of the soul by completely calming the vrittis, or thought waves. You could say a spiritual experience is when someone consciously embodies that which is beyond the mind.

As the great saint Swami Sivananda says, "that which stands between you and God is the mind."

Only when you are fully able to release the ego and transcend the mind can you have a spiritual experience. So if that is the case, that means that you should be able to have spiritual experience in any action within the human existence - while rock climbing, doing Yoga, meditating, working, cleaning the house or even going through your morning ritual on the commode.  :)

Remember, it's not about WHAT you do... it's about the attitude you have while being in action. Spiritual experiences happen when you are willing to relinquish the ego and follow the inner calling from within, giving awareness to your Divinity. Yoga teaches us that we are a Divine Spirit having a human experience... not the other way around.

To have a spiritual experience, the only thing you need to do, is remember who you are at the very core of your Being. Beyond name. Beyond form. Who you really are.

You see, the moment we add name and form "I did this. I am so great" we have lost our spiritual connection and entered the land of the ego. The more you are willing to let go of this individual identity, to let go of your ego stories and the negative thoughts that pull you down... the more you are empowered to reveal the Eternal Peace which is who you are, at your highest potential.

Always keep in the front of your daily experiences:
"That which stands between you and God is the mind."  ~ Swami Sivananda

This simple quote can help you to have spiritual experiences 24 / 7. And you don't even have to leave your home.  :)

Spiritual Experience = Soulful Experience
Mundane Experience = Mind Experience