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We all have those memories, dozing off, forehead in hand in church while an insufferably long speech is made on the values of right and wrong. Minds on the parties to attend after the hour-long-session or things-to-do work to zone out the heartfelt preaching, and as soon as the last hymn ends (or before) you’re long gone out of church.
Think you’re not a spiritual person? “It’s just not for me” you may think… the garbled notion of either devout nuns with bruised knees or new-age hippies dancing around a wildfire leave no room for you, a person of reason and deep faith in the scientific system. But if you really think what ‘spirituality’ means, you’ll realize that different from ‘religious’, following a set mode of rules to attain ‘enlightenment’ or ‘purity’, spirituality is instead your personal relationship with the energy of the Universe, what you are and what is. This energy identified by Quantum Physics (source) could be God, or it could be the reflection of what you are, a reminder that everything technically is the same, therefore there’s faith right there to believe in a higher purpose.
Regardless of your personal feelings on the subject, if you’re still searching for an inkling that you may indeed be spiritual or are hard set against it, the following 12 signs may help you make up your mind:
1) You gaze at the stars.
Fascinated by something bigger than you are, the phenomenon of creation is as mysterious and beautiful as the stars. You can’t help but feel awe and inspiration with your back pressed to a wavy mat of grass, staring into the light that truly is a reflection of the light within.
If you find stillness in the grandeur of the universe, this could be a signal of experiencing spirituality; you’re connecting deeper to the truth within and calming the human ego.
2) You try to think happy thoughts.
Thoughts are energy – where attention goes, energy flows. If you’re seeking to stay in a positive mindset, you’re naturally already praying …to what or whom, you may not know. But without even knowing it, you’re creating a message that’s sent out into the energy of the Universe.
3) You offer a helping hand.
“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Whether the Law of Abundance, the Golden Rule, or the message of Karma, this fundamental teaching has been passed down in many traditions and religions. The essence is to embody the principle that you and all are one, so the actions you inflict upon another will in return be cast unto you. Naturally a do-gooder? You’re more connected than you think.
4) You feel serenity in Nature
Perfectly flowing, calming, and un-touched nature; many are called to empty their thoughts and emotions into the alkalizing environment where there is no judgment to answer to. Nature is healing on many levels and as creatures of this Earth, it only makes sense we seek to return to it. Toxic lifestyles and harsh thoughts serve no one, so the more you seek to clear your head and return to a positive mental and physical balance, the more you’re naturally tuning up your own energy, or vibration, to the source. Who knew so much good could come from a hike in the woods?
5) You follow your guided Intuition
No need to label the ‘voice’ that speaks to you, but you know when to follow your gut in all types of situations. This is a clear sign you’re following faith in something more than can be measured by science.
6) You’re for the Truth…in all situations
“And the truth will set you free…” mentions John in the Bible. In this world which seems set on cheating neighbor out of financial means and merit, you’re in opposition if you seek truth in all situations. Having integrity is mentioned in many traditions and religions, though, (Native American, Jewish Kabbalah, Judeo-Christianity Bible…) for reason. If you are truly to align yourself with the highest intention of this experience and draw in positive opportunities, life lessons, and individuals into your present, opting for the truth is optimal. Related to new-age philosophy of the Law of Attraction, your hard-wired passion to be the truth is a sign of your deep rooted spirituality.
7) You honor life
Albert Einstein said: “There are two ways of looking at the world, one as if everything is a miracle, and second, as if nothing is”. Either way of perceiving the world influences your mindset and expectation for life. If you choose to honor this experience and be present with the true miracle that is life and the complexity required to create this universe, then you choose to also honor what you’ve been given. A single life in this viewpoint is magnificent, precious, and worthy of one’s time. Likewise, your personal self requires appreciation of just how wonderful a reflection you are in this universe.
So if you’re aware that this reality you’re experiencing is a gift and you choose to honor yourself and be present, you are indeed engaging in a very spiritual perception.
8) You’re appreciative of the smallest bug to the largest animal.
Buddhists recognize that the flowing life through all creatures – bugs to mammals, reptiles to birds – is equal, no matter size. This doesn’t mean one who adopts this philosophy is vegetarian, there are many facets to that choice, but it does mean that one who adopts this viewpoint has a deeper appreciation for the life of all.
Native Americans were known to give thanks to the spirit of an animal after slaughtering it, bestowing blessings on the life they took and in return invoking grace from their actions. If you choose to honor even the tiniest bug on your computer screen such as you would respect a horse or another living individual, you are very well engaging your spirituality.
9) You recognize the power of forgiveness
It’s a simple lesson that’s been passed down, forgive thy neighbor, but has deeper purpose than most realize. More for the individual who needs to forgive, holding on to negative emotions and burying one’s pain into past memories keeps the individual out of the now and disconnected from the source of all energy. Similarly, harboring bad energy and ill intentions can create energetic imbalances, later manifesting as physical symptoms according to Chinese Medicine.
To be in the flow and feeling your best, it truly is a good idea to let go of those whom have trespassed against you in the past, send them peace, and move on into the future. You may already be seeking to do this in your own life or asking for help from a friend, family member, or counselor. In this action, you are benefiting your spirituality, even unknowing, because it will beneficially impact your life.
10) You strive to detach from Drama
Gossip, worry, stress, and violence among many lower-vibration patterns keep one wrapped up in the ego, away from the true self, and more importantly, away from more fulfilling activities and the source of all energy. In the “Celestine Prophecy”, it is mentioned that 2,000 years ago the Mayans foretold that humans of this age would wake up to the fact that they are energetic beings, and engaging in lower energy forms of vibration is literally sucking the energy out of others.
Ever feel drained when you’re around an individual who wants to dump their problems on you, mope, intimidate, or interrogate you? This is an example of an energetic vampire, and a clear picture of what happens when one is not connected to the true source of Energy, which you could call God.
If you’re naturally seeking a way out of dramatic settings and looking for higher energy activities that leave you feeling restored, refreshed, and happy, you’re naturally calling spirituality into your life.
11) Travel is appealing
Human life is experience to better understand and reflect the many contrasts of divinity, sage’s say. So if your heart is passionate for travel, in a way you feel called to experience more and gain fluent contrast of this world while observing the intricacies it holds. Whatever reason you feel guided to venture to unknown lands, to you it’s a calling which resonates in a place which cannot be placed, a personal passion you follow.
An example of how this shows your inherent spirituality is you seek to experience even more reflection of the cosmos and in example gain more fulfillment from all you are a part of.
12) You have a heart of humor
The three rules of the universe, some say, are Change, Paradox, and Humor. (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) Life is a big ball of confusion, mystery, amazing-ness, and sometimes humility, but it all depends on how you look at it. The most important lesson psychologists and scientists are beginning to find out is that you are in control of your mind. You are more than your thoughts, but by choosing to change your focus and what you dwell on, you start to see things a bit differently. (Wayne Dyer). In effect this allows perception to change, and if you can switch your viewpoints from what you were taught as a young individual, you can illuminate new possibilities and truly engage in a futurist mindset, no limits to the potential of the human intellect or this world.
Embracing the humor of life, the many shades that this world casts, you are again, unknowingly, growing more into your spirituality.
Not by any means are the signs that you are unknowingly spiritual limited to these twelve, nor does this mean you should go jet to the nearest convent (unless that’s supremely appealing to you)… instead, pick and choose what you wish to take from this article. If it’s inspiring to think that deep down you already show the signs of a connected human being, search for more.
It could be opinion, but as energetic beings, you can’t help but be spiritual to a point, as the incredibly amazing and difficult-to-comprehend matter of this universe is just as amazing as you.
Power of the Mind
This article originally appeared at True Activist.