I am reminded often in my work with people that, in a way or another, we all try to make sense of who are we, why are we here on Earth, what is our purpose and who created the universe around us. In seeking answers some of us follow religions and believe in Gods or other higher-powers, and others, more skeptical, look at sciences. Like me, perhaps some of you have explored both and when neither of these have offered you the answers that you were looking for, you started looking through the emptiness and despair in your soul right towards the prayer.
The healing power of prayer is an undeniable human experience common to millions on this planet, irrespective of a religious doctrine. Nowadays, however, I am learning that many people are searching the soul outside the religion realm and turn their face to a new way of being, embracing spirituality.
Spirituality gives meaning to our human life
Far away from the confined and rigid religious teachings, spirituality can be about everything that connects us with our souls and the external world, and can be found virtually everywhere, from within us to the nature and the cosmos around us.
Some of us are introduced to the practice of spirituality in our early years in life, but others discover it later in life, maybe when our minds feel overwhelmed by the demands of this world, or perhaps when our bodies get ill and require the support of the mind and soul for healing.
Whatever the case, today we have sufficient evidence that deep levels of spirituality give our human life a different meaning, a sense of purpose and, from my experience of being with people, a much richer experience of life.
All we need to do is to allow our senses to connect us with our selves, the ones around us and the universe, and accept that our thoughts are part of something bigger, call it a higher power or a universal consciousness or whatever force it is that keeps us all connected.
Are you still searching for inner peace?
I place a lot of emphasis on connection in my work because it can enhance our perception and personal intuition and it can increase our ability to communicate with others. This way we can become available for genuine love and respect for ourselves, others and the world around us and can develop more fruitful relationships with all of them.
Being with people has showed me that, although not easy, changing our perspective in life and embracing other ways of being can bring us vitality, increased awareness and inner peace.
I know that connecting with our three-dimension body-mind–soul is not that simple, since in our early years of life we mainly focus on the physiological sensations in our body and throughout the school years we are taught to enhance the abilities of our minds.
Unless we grow up in a highly religious or spiritual family system, we gain little insight into our souls and we fail to sense its power and the inner and outer energy around us.
But the reality is that we are energy and when we connect our body-soul-mind energy with the others and the universe around us we reach a high level of spiritual maturity and we come closer to finding some of the answers we are searching for. Some of us have found the answers and the source of the inner peace, but others are still searching.
There is more to reality than the physical world
I am learning that those that have found answers to their existential questions are generally curious people which feel that there is more to reality than the physical world. Some think that there could be unseen worlds out there that might transcend our understanding, and others look at our dreams and intuition as channels used by the higher-powers to communicate with us.
What I found extraordinary is that those people that believe in transpersonal experiences think that maybe the purpose of their lives is to become who they have to be, to turn their human potential into life, into experience, and probably they are right and we can all reach that understanding if we believe that is possible.
It’s becoming more accepted that going into our inner world through prayer or meditation can bring fantastic benefits to our being. Mindfulness is receiving in recent times a lot of attention and I find it absolutely amazing to see people from all corners of the world, all ages and cultures, interested in gaining awareness and heading towards more clarity and inner awakening.
At the end of this article I would like to invite you do a little exercise and reflect on your own purpose in life. How did you dream your life to be when you were young? What did you want to become, what did you want to do and where was your passion? And what did the important people raising you wanted you to be and do? Where are you now? Are you close to your dreams or quite far away from them? How did you get there? Do you believe you can turn your life in the direction you feel will make you happier within? Connect with that core of your being and let it guide you into your future life.