Share a spiritual practice that has been particularly profound for you

spirituality

#1

Reflect on the question above and share your thoughts with the rest of the community.


#2

i have lived in ansiety for over 17 years, so afirmations is the top practice that have been profound for me.
some afirmation came automatically to me now. i programmed the program jeje.


#3

I started mediation over 40 years ago thanks to Transcendental Meditation. Over the years, for me, it has evolved beyond the use of a mantra or resisting the monkey mind. So what I do is basically sit and be physically still. I may start with a mantra or affirmation; check in on gratitude; contemplate dinner, etc. Then slowly I allow my awareness to note what is going on within my body. Pain or discomfort usually take president, but I also choose to become aware of where the body feels whole, calm, and at ease. As I relax into being present most anxieties or frustrations simply fall away. It’s not that I no longer have to deal with those, it’s just that when I come out of the meditative state I feel refreshed and able to respond to the world with a more clear and open mind.

Ken Wilber’s courses “Integral Spirituality; Full Spectrum Mindfulness; The Future of Spirituality,” have been and still are food for my thirsty spirit. Sooo grateful.


#4

Minha primeira experiência espiritual foi particularmente importante. Foi numa conferência rosicruciana. Experimentei um grande silêncio mental, profunda paz e conexão divina com vida. Desde então venho buscando incessantemente o campo da espiritualidade.

A experiência rosicruciana é essencialmente gnóstica. Isto quer dizer: experiência direta com o divino, ou conhecimento espiritual.

Entretanto, sua doutrina é profundamente dualista, o que acaba fazendo do aluno-pesquisador alguém profundamente descrente do mundo, da sociedade, do seres humanos, do cosmos material, etc.

Este é, com certeza, um dos motivos pelos quais busquei formas de integração entre espiritualidade e outros campos de estudo. Era uma tentativa de integrar em mim mesmo (e no mundo) algo que foi separado através dessa crença doutrinária.

Além de dualista trata-se também de uma doutrina profundamente exclusivista, o que me fez buscar também a integração das várias escolas espirituais.

Estas duas características, dualismo e exclusivismo, me incomodavam profundamente. Mais do que isso foi motivo gerador de grandes sofrimentos psíquicos e emocionais.

Até que desemboquei em Ken Wilber, que definitivamente me tirou desses dois imbróglios conceituais, a meu ver altamente perigosos.

O caso é que o gnosticismo é uma doutrina que reconhece até o nível causal, o que faz com que naturalmente se pense no mundo físico como um mal, uma ilusão perigosa, um grande vale de lágrimas, etc.

Já, quando se reconhece o nível não-dual (que vai além do causal), que não há de fato uma separação entre as dimensões física e a espiritual a relação com o mundo físico se torna muito mais amigável, o que faz com que os estudantes-praticantes desta doutrina estejam em maior harmonia com a natureza humana e, portanto mais saudáveis psíquica, emocional e socialmente.

O exclusivismo é facilmente derrotado através dos diversos mapas que Ken Wilber generosamente nos apresenta com as diversas tradições espirituais e seus níveis de ser e realidade absolutamente idênticos quando analisados comparativamente.

Hoje em dia tenho me dedicado ao estudo da meditação e à sua prática, porém ainda não incorporei ao meu dia a dia. Mas creio que em breve estará devidamente incorporada, principalmente porque estou criando um espaço de meditação e outras “terapias” em meu novo empreendimento.

Abraços integrais!

PS. Poder ajudar alguém a compreender uma das situações possivelmente perigosas na jornada espiritual, já me fará feliz. Obrigado pelo espaço!


#5

Gosto muito e penso estar de acordo com o que você diz, Guilherme!
Mas sou novata na descoberta do pensamento de Ken Wilber, e ainda não entendi o que é o nível causal, pode me explicar?
Obrigada!


#6

Uau, vc é brasileira?!

Bem, nas filosofia de Wilber, que concentra um grande número de estudos a cerca das tradições espirituais, costuma-se dividir os níveis transpessoais (espirituais) em: psíquico, sutil, causal e não dual.

Cada nível transcende o outro e o inclui quando há um desenvolvimento saudável desses níveis.

Os níveis psíquico e sutil correspondem ao que chamamos na tradição cristã de alma, os níveis causal e não dual correspondem ao que chamamos espírito.

O nível causal é a liberação completa para algumas escolas, como para o budismo teravada ou gnosticismo. É o Nirvana do budismo ou Céu para o cristianismo esotérico. Quer dizer a Causa suprema de todos os outros níveis de realidade (melhor dizendo, níveis de ilusão).

Porém, segundo amplos estudos e dados comparativos realizados pela Integral, há ainda o nível não-dual que seria realmente o último dos níveis. Este defendido por escolas como budismo Vajrayana ou Advaita Vedanta, do hinduísmo.

É uma diferença sutil, mas significativa a dimensão ou compreensão dual para a não dual. Uma concentra-se na diferença - ou realiza a diferenciação - entre o mundo espiritual e o material. A outra concentra-se na integralidade - ou realiza a integração - entre um e outro, no último e derradeiro nível espiritual.

Abraços integrais!


#7

I have been positively influenced by the approach offered in the Integral Life practice book/resources - so have over the past 8 years practiced forms to support different life focuses/modules - so meditation has been a constant but have varied the approach, e.g. did an 8 month meditation practice following Shinzen Young’s Sensory Awareness approach to build my capacity to notice physical and subtle sensory experience both outside and inside. I engage in Aikido and Tai Chi/Chi Gong practice as an embodied form of spiritual practice, cultivating non-self (free objectivity) and non-dual (connected subjectivity) as expressed by Miles Kessler, Integral Dojo. A sweet and surprising discovery was a deepening of states of consciousness when practicing with training and samurai swords - practice sword forms seems to act as an antennae to focus what I have felt or would describe as spiritual consciousness through meditation. Still evolving in my practice - entering into Feldenkrais practice as a next step.


#8

Zen meditation. More succinctly, Zazen. More specifically; shikantaza.
Other types of meditation have come and gone in my life but as the practice of just sitting in non-dual awareness is embedded in everything else I find this practice most relevant and consistent. Having a teacher I have faith in and a strong connection to a tested lineage (Soto Zen) has encouraged me in times of laziness.
“If you don’t polish the mirror it won’t shine.”


#9

I’ve practiced the Taoist martial and healing art Taijiquan since 1999. It’s a full kung fu system and the mother of western Tai Chi (which is a watered down version). It involves open-eyed moving meditation that trains body, mind and spirit. Based around the Traditional Chinese Medicine understanding of energy meridians, it progresses over time (years) from self-healing to martial then to medical application.

As a moving meditation it is quite conducive to the meditative state overflowing into daily life. It also provides an embodied understanding of Taoist philosophy.


#10

My two favorite spiritual practices are:

Music meditations
I’ve felt a spiritual connection with music and singing since I was very little. Singing hymns in church was my favorite part and really the only part that I didn’t feel oppressed by in some way.
As I transitioned away from my religious upbringing, music became my primary means of connecting with spirit. I remember having several body-escaping experiences when one of my choirs would rehearse a song in a particularly acoustically responsive room or area (such as a stairwell or entry vestibule). I would feel swept up in the vibrations and whole with the universe. Once I graduated from college, my options for joining a choir were limited. I had started learning guitar as a hobby and I began spending time improvising (with guitar and singing) when alone at home. If I don’t feel like playing guitar, I sometimes do drum meditations. On occasion, I’ve lost track of what music I was creating and the reverberations and harmonics of the surrounding walls and materials. My brain has interpreted this as multiple voices singing with me and additional drum rhythms. Some of these out-of-body and extrasensory experiences might be related to or enhanced by my synesthesia.

Dance meditations
When I dance for meditation purposes, it’s often a very grounding experience where I’m completely in my body but also connected beyond it. Including both fast and slow tempos in the music choices has allowed for expression of varying energetic states and can direct my focus outward to universal connection (fast tempos) and inward to reflect on my interoception (slow tempos).

I’m looking forward to when I’m able to dance again so I can try out a dance mediation with the Sutras mixes that @corey-devos shared on the the music reflections thread/topic. It seems rather perfect for this type of use.


#11

I’ve found Dan Brown’s Pointing Out sequence of meditations and retreat to be very very helpful. This is essentially Mahamudra (and in fact closely follows Tashi Namgyal’s classic work). I believe our own Terry Patten speaks highly of the Pointing Out instructions in his new book “A New Republic of the Heart.” The Pointing Out instructions and Tashi Namgyal’s classic basically follow the stages of (i) self as construct, (ii) world as construct, (iii) awareness as construct and (iv) …


#12

I walked into a free lecture with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium ~ Nov. 1967. I learned TM (Transcendental Meditation) in Feb 1968.
I did some volunteer ‘painting the walls’ at the Westwood Center on Gayley Street. I attended a group meditation with Jerry Jarvis at a big lecture hall at UCLA filled with ~100 people…SO AWESOME. And then walked over to the big auditorium on campus & watched Donavan performing.
What an incredible evening.


#13

In February 2001 I purchased a copy of Grace and Grit by Ken Wilber and read the story with my mate Annie Wallack. Thus beginning my relationship with Ken’s Integral Theory.


#14

Authentic Dzogchen Lineage
The Buddha Path

The Heart of Zen
Emotional Koans

Integral Sexual Yoga


#15

My spiritual path is A Course in Miracles. The first time i completed all 365 lessons of forgiveness out of the workbook was in years 2006/7 and now i am practicing them again. My first spiritual practice was Transcendental meditation but i was meditating only few months. Many years i am theoreticaly interested in other spiritual paths. One is Sri Aurobindo’s Integral yoga which is known worldwide. The other two paths in which i am theoreticaly interested are unknown to the world becose those books are not translated in English language. One path is a combination of building an adequate mental model of the world as is “shown” to us “through” our elementary perception, together with the autotherapy in awake state and lucid dreams. The other is called “Naša joga”. It means “Our yoga”. It is a combination of hatha yoga and Jung’s process of individuation. The first one is very complex and difficult to understand,at least to me. It is so fascinating to know there are many different practices of returning Home we never left… But as i’ve said, mine is ACIM.
Best wishes to all from Slovenia.