The 4 most important factors for spiritual development and spiritual awakening
Spiritual development happens through many ways that will be unique to each individual. But we can simplify it to the 4 things we must do for spiritual awakening to happen.
The first factor for spiritual development is daily practice. For most people, some form of meditation is the main part of their practice. Choose a meditation technique that works for you and practice it every day. You could be repeating a mantra silently. It could be using self-inquiry or silently repeating “I am” to help you rest in the feeling of being or awareness. It could be simply being aware of what is in the moment. The most important thing is that the practice works for you enough that you stick with it for a period of time.
The second part of spiritual development is taking care of your mind and body. Diet is extremely important. What you put into your body has a great effect on your consciousness and subtle energy. Exercise is also very important to keep your body healthy and to help the flow of subtle energy. What you put into your mind through television, music, and other media also has a profound effect on you.
The third factor of spiritual development that many people overlook is the awakening of the subtle energy within you, also known as Shakti or Kundalini energy. When this energy awakens in you, you feel it as peace, joy or love. Not as an emotion but as something extremely deep that draws you in. You are feeling the essence of what you are, of what everything is. By receiving Shakti, you are given a direct experience of spiritual awakening in the form of energy. It is this energy that leads you to spiritual awakening.
There are 2 main ways to awaken this energy. One is through direct transmission from a fully enlightened teacher who can transmit Shakti. You may have to travel far to find an enlightened teacher who can transmit Shakti to you. The easiest way is through sound, which you can read about at the end of this article. Without this spiritual energy, your spiritual development will go very slowly.
When you do these 3 things; daily meditation practice, taking care of the body and mind, and receiving Shakti regularly, you will begin to awaken to feelings of peace, joy, love and silence. Your awareness will increase, which leads to the fourth factor of spiritual development.
The fourth factor for spiritual development and spiritual awakening is surrender. As your awareness and experience of peace, bliss, love, and silence increases, you will begin to unravel your sense of being a separate “me.” You may feel mental or emotional disturbances for periods of time and these times are incredibly important.
Because if you can surrender and simply allow whatever arises to be conscious, without resistance, without trying to change it, but simply allowing it with full acceptance, then you will free yourself from the limiting perception you have of yourself and your life. Your sense of being a separate ‘me’ begins to relax into unity. You come to realize the unique consciousness that you are and all that is. In this realization, spiritual awakening happens.
If you are looking for an easy way to receive Shakti as mentioned above, you can receive it in your own home through sound. Just by listening to this “Shakti Music”, you receive Shakti and start to feel it as bliss. You can then enjoy this blissful experience at any time you choose by simply listening to the CDs.