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HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE GROWING SPIRITUALLY?

How can you know if you are growing spiritually?

Is it because you are able to meditate for hours at a time?

Or only eat certain kinds of foods?

Or able to do special yoga postures?

Or are able to recite sacred texts?

Acting spiritual is one thing but truly growing spiritually is another.

Here’s a few signs that you are growing spiritually:

1- You start losing interest in “yourself.” You find yourself less and less interested in your story.

You know who you really are, you know that you are NOT your story. And as a result your taste for the drama that comes along with it starts falling away.

You lose interest in drama. Drama simply gives you a false sense of aliveness. When you are in tune with your real self, you are connected to the source of aliveness, thus you are fulfilled. You no longer need drama as a superficial way to try and feel alive.

2- You become less judgmental. The world we live in is a realm of duality. As you grow spiritually you begin seeing beyond right and wrong. Right and wrong is a perception based on your ego’s conditioning. It’s subjective based on the collective cultural agreement. As you grow spiritually you free yourself from the prison of your identity and you move beyond duality. You start seeing life from a higher perspective.

As a result you are more able to see the whole picture and able to honor each person’s soul evolution.

You realize that EVERYTHING is perfect for your own soul’s evolution, even if it doesn’t seem that way at first. You may still feel the feelings that arise but are able to see the inherent perfection and not get stuck there.

3- You stop resisting what is. You stop fighting reality. And you are much more able to accept situations as they are.

When you resist life you suffer. When you resist reality, it’s misery. When you accept what is, you bring yourself into relationship with what is and are then able to choose how to respond.

4- You realize the inherent interconnectedness of all things. You see beyond the illusion of separation. You move into a level of oneness and feel the sense that we are all being lived by the one intelligence. You become more loving as a natural by product. And you become aware of the impact of your choices and how they affect all humanity.

So you move from a life focused on just yourself. You move beyond a life of just getting to one of giving. As you grow spiritually, service becomes a natural motivation and expression of your life focus.

Love is the fruit of your spiritual growth. At first, your love may involve mainly yourself. Then it expands beyond yourself to those around you. Then it expands beyond those around you to all humanity.

Spirituality isn’t just chanting mantras and saying nice prayers but is love in action. It’s how you live your life each moment.

You grow spiritually when you don’t just recognize God only in church, or the temple, but in everyone, everything and everywhere you go.

You are love.

And every moment is your opportunity to live it.

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The Mirror Exercise

The Mirror Exercise goes back as far as ancient times. Prehistoric man had a psychic nature. Sensitive’s of the time would have found themselves gazing into pools of water, unknowingly viewing through a window into spiritual realms. Using this method early man may well have seen departed loved ones and gained insights into how he could increase his chances of survival in the difficult environment he lived in. The ancient Greek was an ardent mirror gazer. Historical evidence suggests that they used ‘cauldrons’ or any vessel large or small into which liquid was poured and then used for the purpose of divination. Eastern Traditions used polished metal to obtain their visions.

  • When attempting a mirror gazing it’s important to feel relaxed and pick a time that you wont be disturbed. Have some pleasant music playing quietly in the background and try to prepare a spiritual environment. It’s a good idea to call in the high Spirit for guidance and protection for any spiritual work. Lights should be dimmed but still allowing you to see into the mirror. It is best to perform this Exercise in a darkened room lit only by a candle or two placed in front of your mirror. Regarding the size of the mirror, it doesn’t need to be large, since you really only need to look at your eyes or at a point on your forehead, exactly between your eyes. It is ideal, however, to arrange it so that you can see your entire face.  Also, be sure to place the mirror one to two feet from your face.
  • This exercise will achieve the maximum benefit if repeated at the same time every day for a period of about 10 to 15 minutes. The most powerful times are at sunrise and sunset, as with most exercises, more time often yields better results, and we recommend a half-hour when possible.
  • The second most beneficial times are first thing on getting up in the morning and last thing before going to bed at night. If these times are impossible, then you can set aside two other times for you when you will not be disturbed.
  • Spend a few moments taking in the reflection of you, and then focus your attention on a point on your forehead, exactly between your eyes and about 2 cm or 1 in above the line of your eyes or your right eye.
  • Another highly recommended enhancement is to burn some incense prior to starting the exercise like Frankincense and Myrrh, if possible.
  • The mirror exercise can be done with you sitting either on a chair, or directly on the floor. Just choose whichever is the most comfortable since keeping the spine erect and straight is important.
  • Start the exercise by staring into the eye or between your eyes of your reflection in the mirror.
  • Focus on the eye image on the right side, which is actually your right eye.

One of the challenges of this exercise is to avoid blinking if you can, which will bring some tears. It isn’t easy at first, but it is an important discipline to develop. During moments when you are experiencing unusual phenomena (like seeing faces from past present or future, “auras” etc.), blinking can actually startle you out of the altered state, which makes perceiving these things possible.

If you would like to try a mirror gazing experiment but feel nervous about this you could have – full lights on.

Mirror gazing is not like meditation. People rarely go into a deep state of altered consciousness so you remain aware of your surroundings and in control the whole time. Sometimes mirror gazing experiences are quite spontaneous, occurring without any warning, preparation or training.

Whatever occurs, stay attentive to what you are doing and resist allowing something to distract you. You might even experience what is referred to as “The Dweller on the Threshold”.  These images are indeed  “not pleasant”, which is none other than your own self, desires, fears, etc, but this exercise could also connect you to your Spirit Guides.

Using mirror helps develop ability of seeing human auras (not as clear, as mirror reflects your light). You may experience someone different looking at you, not just a little, but very different. The image may appear very clear and replace your own completely; and as quickly as it is appears it can disappeared replaced by other images. Those images could be your Spirit Guides, who can help you to enhance your clairvoyance, perception, concentration, etc. However it could be a challenge to hold the image, as our mind is in constant ‘thinking process’, there are several parts to “The Mirror” exercise. There are a number of activities, which you are required to concentrate on – all at the same time. Now, to the Cartesian, Left, Thinking, Logical Brain, this is impossible, because it is only capable of processing one set of instructions at the one time. It will take some time to become quite.

If you do experience the Dweller, remember that it is also “The Angel guarding the Gates of Eden”, and Unselfish Love is the only way to pass through. Stare directly into the eye of that “unpleasant self” and love it. Yes, love it.  Only in this way can you transcend the self, by facing yourself, which ultimately leads to the return to Paradise and Oneness with the Universal Spirit.

This exercise should be done for no less than ten minutes.

Interestingly, however, ancient meditations like the mirror exercise are in fact based on the principle that people are always both receptive to, and transmitting these various energies.  Obviously, this is not new information to some.

By tapping into these energies, the mirror exercise helps develop:

  • Concentration
  • Self-discipline
  • The ability to “read” higher frequency vibrations/ “auras”
  • The ability to communicate visually
  • The ability to influence others by way of energies transmitted through the eyes
  • The ability to defend against other people attempting to influence you through the eyes
  • An awareness of previous incarnations of both yourself and other people
  • The area of vibrational influence surrounding you like a giant aura (also called your circumvent force)
  • This is incredibly increasing memory power. Sometimes you will get recall of dreams of which might have happened in your life few years back. I am adding this because I had the same freezing experience when I did this exercise by standing before table mirror. Even now I can recollect those dreams.
  • Can do this either in sitting position and standing position. When you like standing position it is better to use table mirror.

Psychological state and mood can influence the results of mirror gazing. If you feeling a bit low this exercise is not recommended unless you are sure you have ‘physic protection’ from ‘shadow energies/entities’.

Do not practice this exercises in the group or even in pair as ‘people thoughts, energies’ will interfere with your own.

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Do You Ever Feel Like an Outsider Looking In? Here’s Why…

AN OUTSIDER IS A PERSON WHO QUITE SIMPLY DOES NOT FIT IN WITH EXISTENCE-AS-WE-KNOW-IT.

Such a person is fringe dweller, a dropout of humanity, a social oddball, and an alien endlessly coexisting in a society that doesn’t feel like home. On this website, we refer to the outsider as the “loner wolf” who walks through life with a feeling of inner isolation and disconnection. This isolation often gives birth to the longing and search for freedom, acceptance, and a true place to call “home.”

Can you relate to this feeling? Have you begun this quest?

There’s a reason why you feel this way, and it’s not because there is something defective or “wrong” with you. In fact, despite what you may feel about yourself and the world, being an outsider looking in is actually a huge advantage. I’ll explain to you why.

WHY DO I FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER LOOKING IN?

I have asked myself this question ever since I was about 10 years old. This sensation of being an outsider was originally triggered by my social rejection at school and religious condemnation at church.

In fact, I was practically raised being taught that I was an “alien on this earth,” and that Jesus could come back at any time and take me to my “true home” in heaven. So since the time I was born I have been indoctrinated with this idea.

Yet the feeling of being an outsider runs much deeper than religious brainwashing or being classed as one of the “unpopular kids” as a child. This feeling of being an outsider looking in is intrinsic, subterranean, and seemingly fundamental to my experience as a human.

And I know that you feel it too …

… otherwise, why would you be reading this article?

You have also carried this unshakable feeling with you. Sure, at some moments and periods of life you feel contented — but this feeling of not belonging always returns. Sometimes the feeling is subtle like a softly lapping lake at twilight. Other times, the feeling is overwhelming and makes you feel trapped in a never-ending desert of complete nothingness.

But it’s always somehow there in the background: in your interactions with people, in your observations, in your dreams, desires, and motivations, at the beginning and end of your day, and when you’re surrounded by others.

I know that you know what I mean. And this very feeling was why I decided to write in the first place. In fact, the feeling of being an outsider was the very catalyst for this entire website.

There are many reasons why you could feel like an outsider, but the most significant reason is that you were either born with or developed, an awakened soul.

We were all born with souls, but not all of us continued to feel that connection as we grew older. If you have felt like an outsider for most of your life, you are almost certainly a highly sensitive and spiritually receptive person. You have experienced first hand how isolating the ego can be. You know how unnatural it is to live in a society that is obsessed with fame, status, money, and power. You know how superficial, senseless, and insane living an ego-centered life is.

But you can’t quite verbalize this. You can’t quite understand what you’re going through because you’re inundated with feelings of being “strange,” “weird,” “different,” and “unworthy.”

You long for a home that you’ve never even experienced; a place to feel completely understood, loved, and cherished.

This place is your soul.

It is your soul — the true you — that seeks to experience itself again.

In other words, deep down, what you’re really craving for is truth.

THE 10 BENEFITS OF BEING A SOCIAL OUTSIDER

Every form of soul-searching starts off with the sensation of being an outsider. In fact, it is impossible to start the spiritual journey without this feeling. Without feeling like an outsider, what would motivate you to search for a true home or sense of belonging?

The very fact that you feel like an outsider indicates that your soul is trying to guide you towards true love, understanding, and freedom.

Almost every person I’ve spoken to in my time mentoring others has identified with this feeling of being an outsider looking in. All of these people have expressed a level of soulful maturity that surpasses the average person. In other words, these people saw beyond the pretensions of others, the rat-race of daily living and felt like there was much more to life than meets the eye.

Instead of unquestionably accepting what they had been taught, these outsiders were inquisitive and curious freethinkers.

Unfortunately, we’re often taught that being an outsider is a “bad” thing, and no wonder — biologically we are made to stay within the safe confines of our species’ groups. But there comes a moment in life where “playing by the book” is seen to be a miserable and unfulfilling absurdity. (Just look at all those people who followed the rules, got a good career, wife, children, solid salary, socially-approved status … and ended up miserable, empty, lonely, killing themselves, or dying prematurely due to stress-related illnesses. I’m sure you know one, or a dozen.)

So while being an outsider may seem isolating, it is actually profoundly beneficial for your life. I wish everyone had the opportunity to feel like an outsider because being an outsider is a catalyst for self-fulfillment, self-mastery, and self-realisation.

If you have ever read the archetypal story of The Hero’s Journey from Joseph Campbell (that is repeated in every culture, time and period), you’ll realize that being an outsider is actually necessary for finding your true meaning and purpose in life. So the very fact that you feel like an outsider is actually a good sign: you’re on the right path!

It’s important that we learn to think of being a lone wolf as a good thing. Many indigenous cultures, such as those in Africa and Australia, actually encourage the younger members to go out alone in the wilderness to find themselves as a rite of passage. Without accepting that isolation is part of experiencing true connectedness, we get lost very easily. We start believing everything is wrong with us, when in fact, we are simply being driven to pursue something of more depth and spiritual significance.

If you are receptive to your soul, it is only natural that you will feel displaced in this world. But that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Here are some major benefits of being an outsider:

You are no longer constrained by the rules and beliefs of society as you can easily see through them.
You are no longer brainwashed to think and act in a certain way.
You have more freedom to listen to the voice within yourself more often.
You have enough solitude to hear and understand what your heart really wants to do.
You can see the bigger picture and not get lost in the details.
You can connect with your soul more easily than others.
You have been given the space and room to grow in whatever way you like.
You have the opportunity to experience greater connection by finding a like-minded group of people, or soul group.
The ability to observe others gives you a greater capacity for wisdom and also compassion.
You have the necessary catalyst to experience self-fulfillment and self-realisation should you choose that path.
Although being an outsider can be terribly lonely, it is a privileged position. Leaving the herd of humanity allows you to flourish and blossom in ways you never could experience while being “normal” and socially “acceptable.”

Finally, here’s a quote from Eckhart Tolle;

“Being an outsider, to some extent … makes life difficult, but it also places you at an advantage as far as enlightenment is concerned. It takes you out of unconsciousness almost by force.”

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