It’s so easy to become pulled into the marketing of all things labeled “spiritual”, falling into the abyss of limitless teachings and offerings, and missing a larger view. There’s Yoga including Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Power, Kundalini, Ashtanga among many others. There’s Pranayama. There’s Meditation including Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Zazen, Mindfulness Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Walking Meditation, Guided Meditations including Yoga Nidra and much more. There are spiritual leaders and spiritual pop stars that teach at Kripalu, Esalen, Omega and many other institutes and conferences. They give workshops at local yoga studios around the country and many have websites, books, DVDs and small empires. There’s all the Yoga accessories including tshirts, tanks, pants, little lightweight sweatery tops and scarves to keep you looking funky and warm while in the yoga studio. There are mats, hair bands, books, meditation cushions, yoga props, the yoga cleanse, oils, kombucha juice, jewelry and mala beads intended for chanting but often worn as a jewelry accessory to your yoga ensemble.
There are energy workers and healers, massage therapists, shamans, psychics and mediums. There’s Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Emotion Code and Body Code, IET, EFT, NLP, Past Life Regression, Intuitive Readings and Quantum Healing to name just a few things out of hundreds. There’s Hay House conferences, webinars, DVDs, CDs, radio and books. There are local expos. There are stores selling books, candles, crystals, aromatherapy, essential oils, bells, singing bowls, incense, CDs and DVDs. There are workshops and classes on the chakras, how to find your power animal, how to communicate with your guides, how to communicate with angels, how to raise your vibration and how to determine your life’s purpose. There are several spiritual TV and radio options and metaphysical newspapers. There are both spiritual and spiritualist churches. It’s all a bit much. There's nothing wrong with any of it. It's all good. But...
For me, that extensive list above distracted me away from the deeper spiritual experiences I came here for. It’s become a huge industry and there’s a lot of content out there so it was easy to keep seeking with no end in sight. Initially I mucked about immersing myself in umpteen philosophies, tools and modalities, because it was easier, and I thought more interesting. These days I prefer to form my own ideas, take action, and learn from my experiences. What do I feel I benefit from? Meditation, yoga and accessing my intuitive guidance work great for me. Turns out that I can experience a deeper connection just by being with myself. It’s partly through the work of becoming more aware, looking at myself, that allows me to uncover more...me.
I had to learn that only looking to outside sources, with the hope of finding a way to a deeper connection, wasn't serving me well. The more direct and best path involves looking inside of me, learning at that place, and taking action from there. It's way more interesting than I could have ever foreseen. When I allow for it, I see, hear and understand more than I ever could have imagined.