To be inspired means to dwell in your spirit. Dwelling within our spirit is our natural state. So why is it so hard? Find out how you can learn to live in spirit instead of from the Ego. This can change your life.
Living in Spirit — Inspired Living
Observe children playing. They can be content with their imagination. Creating imaginary friends in an imaginary world. They are dwelling in spirit. And you can see and their joy. Their faces shine with vibrations of happiness and inspiration. This is our original state of being before we are subject to layers of social programming.
Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds.
― Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Inspired living opens the door to the virtues of the spirit. The virtues of the spirit are not goals, they are the higher values possible for each of the nine basic personality types. So, each type has its path and own set of challenges.
There is one common element that will help us move in the direction of integration. That element is “presence”. Presence enables the real you to show up. This is where we accomplish much of our cognitive inner work. What are the virtues of the spirit?
Gratitude, Love, Appreciation, Serenity, Joyfulness, Happiness, Thankfulness, Blissfulness, and Mindfulness; these are the virtues of the spirit. With these tools, we are able to conquer … not the world, but ourselves. And so then … the world does not need to be conquered. — Guru Tua
When these aspects of our human nature shine through, it means we are living in spirit. These virtues shine inward and outward. This is our original state of being.
What Gets in the Way
Our modern culture is a big part of the problem. It wants us to forget this space because it cannot profit from it. How can it sell us anything if we are already happy and content? So, a lot of time and effort goes into advertising and social programming. All this programming makes inspired living impossible.
The modern culture aims to replace this sacred inner space with commercialism and religion. But these are counterfeits. However, dogma is an inadequate substitute for the genuine experience of living in spirit.
Our Ego gets in the way. The Ego is not our enemy. It is a necessary tool for connecting our consciousness to our bodies. Our culture doesn’t want us to use it properly. When are fixated by Ego, we are easy to control. We are more susceptible to groupthink manipulation tactics of organized religion and news media.
Regaining our Inspiration
So, we need to relearn how to indwell our spirit. The path for this is different for everyone. However, we can use the same tools to create our path. Several spiritual technologies can facilitate this process.
Spiritual technologies are ancient methods for exploring the human spirit. They come from cultures all around the globe. They are time-tested by generations of use. These practical mental tools help us expand awareness. Some open the doors to higher states of consciousness.
The methods we select are tools that can stand up to the rigorous test of science. They are repeatable processes. Several produce scientifically measurable effects on our physiology. Some of these changes include brainwave coherence, lower heart rates, and increased skin resistance. These measurable change prove these tools produce states of consciousness different from waking, dreaming and sleeping.
Anyone can use them, all you need to do is follow the process. We think of them like a recipe for a cake. You combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious. They do not the belief or faith in any religious doctrine.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone has their own path. You can start with any of these methods. The more you use, the better.
When you live in spirit, you become infused with the creative love and intelligence of the Universe. This is your creative space. Similarly, it’s the space where you are grounded and centered.
To become inspired you must ignite the imagination and the love of play. How do you do this? Think back to when you played as a child. Whatever you did that made you happy and content to be within yourself, that is the place to start. Learning mindfulness meditation techniques will help you become present and aware. Perhaps spiritual exploration is where this venture will lead you?
Inspired living results from inner work. Removing the roadblocks will enable us to move beyond the confines of Ego and the cultural narrative.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia