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    Mike

    Every person wiser than me who has said something hard that I needed to hear has bettered my spiritual life. – To shape it for the worse, all I have to do is trust my own good intentions.

    3 years ago
  2. k'Care-Reena

    WHAT ARE SOME EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED MY SPIRITUAL LIFE?

    Some experiences that have shaped my spiritual life are as follows:
    1. Journaling at night
    2. Dream journaling in the morning
    3. Power Down hour: no tv , meditation & affirmations w/ journaling
    4. Victory Log: enter achievements/goals daily
    5. Sister time
    6. Therapy/coaching
    7. NATURE TIME !!!

    3 years ago
  3. sunnypatti48317

    Sitting in the ocean on my surfboard, gazing out into the big open blue, looking to where the ocean meets the sky. I’ve sat out there alone and amongst friends, and no matter what, if I stop and look out there, I feel God. I feel my connection to all that is. When I was younger, I could feel the ocean shifting my inner self. There’s something about being engulfed in nature that does that to you!

    But I’ve also had my times of suffering and chaos, and somehow during or at least right after most of it, I find my center and feel God’s presence. I didn’t always listen to what I needed, but I’ve grown to hear better because of those times. One particular time that I felt my lowest… when I decided to stop and meditate and focus on my breath… I felt my greatest connection and knew that I was going to be okay. And I was. I am! What a life!

    3 years ago
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    Fat Toad95202

    Usually the ones I wasn’t looking for not always the easiest to handle but present momentum for positive transformation

    3 years ago
  5. M
    MahoganyLit

    This has been a hard life and the reflection on my experiences and the decision to not allow the past to define me anymore has contributed greatly to my spiritual wellbeing. God is the forefront of this journey. He has always carried me through. His unconditional love is what anchors me.

    3 years ago
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      Fat Toad95202

      God bless you

      3 years ago
  6. d
    db82258

    Being

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    When I saw that Don was really only a sock puppet – you know, a sock on your hand with buttons for eyes. When the Truth burned through me like a white hot coal and saw that one was actually three. When thinking was beyond words and feeling was beyond emotions. When I discovered I didn’t have a head and “saw” who was really looking out and how to look in. When I sipped green tea made consciously. When a bow draws across cello strings or the whisper of the note of a wooden flute. I don’t really know.

    3 years ago
  8. Cody

    failure, hardship, marriage, family, friends, reading, silence, and kind of weirdly, my study of mathematics in college.

    3 years ago
  9. KC

    My life experiences and spiritual life are intertwined, perhaps like a Celtic knot with a series of threads woven together. As the dust of life settles, the key threads are emerging as clear, resilient, vibrant and strong. I am humbled and grateful.

    3 years ago
    1. Jess

      I like that and can relate to it.

      3 years ago
      1. KC

        Thanks Jess. 🙂

        3 years ago
  10. Mica

    Yogaville, VA, and Swami Satchidananda for many years. Byron Katie and Adyashanti, later. Gratefulness.org now. Hardships, too.

    3 years ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      I’m familiar with Yogaville!

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        The one with the LOTUS, Javier?

        3 years ago
  11. pkr

    There have been many for me, however most recently I was called by family to return to my “home”, 2000 miles away to care for my brother & my 96 yr old mother. I put my life on hold to be their sole caregiver, with very little help from anyone else, to be their “everything”. My beloved brother passed away 10 months later after a hard fought, courageous battle. I had to place my mom in a nursing home as her dementia is getting the best of her. Now, 14 months later I have returned to my home, numb & empty. My faith in a higher power has deepened because of all of this sadness & turmoil. If I did not have my faith I would not have survived. I thank Source everyday for All, the good, the bad. I am blessed.🙏

    3 years ago
    1. Carla

      pkr, I’m sending supportive thoughts & prayers. May you find the rest you need to rehydrate body, mind, spirt, soul. You are Beloved

      3 years ago
      1. pkr

        Dear Carla, thank you for your warm, thoughtful wishes. Yes, I do need rest….❤️🙏❤️

        3 years ago
    2. Mica

      Wow, 😯 pkr – warm wishes to you as you face these new changes. Give yourself a big hug 🤗

      3 years ago
      1. pkr

        Dear Mica, thank you kindly, ❤️🙏❤️

        3 years ago
  12. Antoinette

    Deep suffering has shaped my spiritual life.
    I know it may sound awful but without suffering could there be happiness?

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thanks, Antoinette – there’s probably lots more boredom without suffering! We wouldn’t appreciate our happiness.

      3 years ago
  13. sparrow

    . . . my early childhood upbringing in the Protestant church,
    which made me question the dogma of religion,
    the sudden death of my first child,
    and my departure from the church,
    the tortuous years that followed . . .
    addiction, poverty, abuse, and degradation,
    a temporary abandonment to joy,
    a return to the deepest abyss,
    the gentle nudges of a spiritual teacher,
    my first victory out of loss,
    the plethora of teachers who helped me,
    through guidance, reading, and meditation,
    finding the gratefulness site,
    and now
    the teachers & fellow students we all are
    here,
    and on an off-shoot of the original gratefulness forum . . .
    all of this has guided me to where i am now,
    still struggling,
    but still moving forward & upward . . .

    3 years ago
    1. Ed Schulte

      your sharing adds greater depth to Ps 119:71 and the ever present ‘challenges’ after being given the responsibility of being a human-being ….Thank you very much for your sharing.

      “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes” (Ps. 119:71).

      3 years ago
      1. sparrow

        Thank you . . .
        This is true,
        dear Ed . . .
        I don’t believe I ever would have learned
        without the suffering…
        it is what brought clarity in the end.

        3 years ago
        1. Ed Schulte

          YES! Dear sparrow!!

          and As RUMI expressed it so well in……

          Word for the Day

          “Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life”.
          RUMI

          That “cloak” is what I referred to as “Angelic form” to-day.

          Be Well Be Present

          3 years ago
          1. sparrow

            Yes,
            dear Ed . . .
            I too,
            see the ‘Angelic form’
            as my cloak of Gratitude . . .

            3 years ago
  14. devy

    Whenever I am informed about the death or sickness of someone I know or who I grew up with, it is like a shock to the body that brings me back to the reality that life is precious, our time is limited so enjoy each day and try to live it as your last . I am also connected more to what is in store for me once my time is up and the importance of our connection to the after life…

    3 years ago
  15. Mike

    The work of Wilfred Cantrell Smith, the later work of John Hick, and Parker Palmer opened a pluralistic spiritual landscape where I could live and work, leaving behind the punitive, fearfully circumscribed religious upbringing of my youth.

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      LOVE Parker Palmer. Thank you for mentioning him.

      3 years ago
      1. Pilgrim

        Me, too! I don’t know the others, but will look them up.

        3 years ago
  16. Ed Schulte

    some are at the closing off of the many , many, every- morning contemplation exercises …..this morning’s was ….” …..Concentrate again on the area of your [material] heart [BUT NOT THE PHYSCIAL DETAILS] and mentally hear your heart beat.Receive from the Absolute Being-ness the message about the meaning of love and life and mentally express your love and respect to life, to the Cosmic Life and to the Power of Life.Absolute tranquility reigns in your Noetical body.Absolute calmness reigns in the world of your emotions in your Psychical body.Your life is a harmonious pulse of life in the pan-universal Pulse of Life. Wish that any imperfections appearing, in your material body be dissolved.But simultaneously mentally say, “Thy will be done, O’my Lord”.Slowly, slowly, see your material body out of your Archangelic form. Now concentrate more on your human existence in the material world.”End M25 –T1 [14:55]

    Post Note : the “experiences” during these “awaking exercises” give add etheric vitality to the bodies in order to spend it lovingly on others during the day ( iow no need for stimulants such as coffee or tea ). All in all it gives experiential meaning to the words of Joshua Emmanuel >>>>>>Through work and willpower you slowly, slowly, have to be awakened from the slumbers of every day Consciousness into a state of expanded self-awareness.<<<<<<<

    3 years ago
  17. Rosemary

    Reading Marianne Williamson’s “A Return to Love” was a turning point for me. I was raised to believe in a God who punished those falling short, and I always fell short. To be shown that the Divine is all about love for everyone and everything, including me, changed my life.

    3 years ago
  18. Mary Pat

    Like others, there are so many through the years, and I didn’t always recognize some of them at first….
    I have written about some here before, and so not to repeat myself, let me say they have changed my life and I am so grateful….
    I will mention four briefly that stand out: when I was very young, probably in 2nd grade, an experience in a church, another was seeing my grandmother the instant of her death in my bedroom, filled with light and love, the third was when my late husband was on his deathbed, and witnessing going from this world to another, different loving place, and fourth a juvenile whale and literally seeing eye to eye with that being…those four stand out more than others….

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you 🙏 ☺️ 😊 Mary Pat –

      3 years ago
  19. Carla

    There are too many to write. However, a starting place happened as a child. I had an intimate experience of feeling I was connected to the Energy of the Divine via a cold window pane as I watched the flicker of Christmas lights outside across the way. Years later I would experience and viscerally know, yes there Is a God, and I’m not It.

    3 years ago
  20. Katrina

    First of all, being born into a family that “churched” me in a place where there was a true sense of family – as in we were all God’s family. It never occured to me that wasn’t the case. However, the true spiritual growth began when I began going to church camp as a counselor with youth and felt drawn to attend seminary. It was there that I was introduced not only to the academics of religion, but the definition and practices of spiritual formation. It was there that I was able to finally put words to experiences I had had and would have, and to begin to look at life through spiritual lenses. It was there that I began to understand what Kevin says ” Experiences didn’t shape my spiritual life; my spiritual life shaped my experiences.”

    3 years ago
  21. Nelson

    My grandmother passed away almost 20 years ago when I was in college. My working through my emotions via therapy and self help evolved into exploring spiritually on a deeper level. Then I enrolled in some programs over the years, which all have been amazing. They gave me structure and consistency. Hardships have prompted me to really tune into spirituality for grounding. Nonetheless, programs have helped me turn spiritual habits into just things that I do everyday. My spiritual life is just my life.

    3 years ago
  22. Pilgrim

    Initially, I’d say, was my very young and immediate connection with woods and water … the draw these had for me, a kind of belonging and “home.” The music in church and the music in my family home … many kinds of music … and then playing music later. Giving birth to my daughters. An auto accident that I survived and kind of woke me up. Then an invitation to work with youth in church, followed by an extremely surprising invitation to go to pursue a seminary education (followed by “who, me??”). And in ministry, a new sense of home.

    3 years ago
    1. Katrina

      Your journey sounds very similar to mine – especially the seminary/ministry part. I am now retired. Blessings.

      3 years ago
  23. Malag

    I’ll mention one. After a meditation on retreat I went outside and the “I” went away or maybe the “I” appeared and the me went away. I could see my hand and the shrubs beside it and they were both out there like there was no real distinction between them.

    3 years ago
    1. sparrow

      I understand this so completely,
      dear Malag . . . ♥

      3 years ago
  24. Kevin

    I could write all day and only touch the surface of those spiritual moments and experiences that have shaped my world. However, it’s important for me to distinguish something here. My experiences have not shaped my spiritual life, but rather, my spiritual life has shaped my every experience.

    3 years ago
    1. Patricia

      Thank you for that, Kevin. In my own situation it feels like a circle of the two. Experiences shaped the spiritual life and now the spiritual life shapes every experience.

      3 years ago
  25. Howie Geib

    I have had the good fortune of a vocation of sorts. And when that became apparent to me, very unlike me, I decided to investigate it through the acquisition of a spiritual director. All made possible through my having a hunch (since childhood) that there is a lot more going on here than meets the eye. Culminating in bringing me to a small clearing in the woods where I built a hermitage and chapel by hand and lived as a solitary for some years. A book is in there somewhere. But the point I wanted to make is that now, living in Florida, driving an Uber, I can close my eyes (or not) and go back there in an instant. I go there in my mind when I am sitting down to write (this now). So two experiences really: Building and living in the hermitage, and relinquishing it. Breathe in, breathe out.

    3 years ago
    1. KC

      I’m in for reading your book as well Howie.

      Also would love to read any smaller piece if you start with baby steps! I am guessing that your Uber days may offer smaller moments for writing, as well as the inner stillness you so beautifully name …

      3 years ago
    2. Pilgrim

      I would like to read that book, Howie!

      3 years ago
      1. Patricia

        I’m in line for that book, too, Howie.

        3 years ago
    3. Malag

      Wonderful the way you can find that centering point again

      3 years ago
  26. Michele

    birth of my children and the ending of relationships.

    3 years ago
  27. Dusty Su

    Two days after my 16th birthday, someone challenged me with, “If you are going to throw your life away, why not give it away…” I took up the quest by shouting at God, “If you are real, show me. Use me!” Oddly, the more I tried to give it away, the more I gained in unexpected ways. From someone who may not have lived until age 17, I have had the most phenomenal life. Aged 60 and planning what is next. Open a hospice in Belize? Cambodia end-of-life care? Mexico…?

    3 years ago
    1. Howie Geib

      The unexpected journey. I am so envious!

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Still time for more Howie….

        3 years ago

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